Ariel Princess School: The one with seashells and a lot of paint

A little late, but here’s our first week of Ariel Princess Preschool!

We found this great activity involved sea shells.  You would think we would have plenty of sea shells laying around our house with how often we visit the beach but… we don’t.  The beaches we go to are either over populated and the only shells you can find are tiny or broken, or they are protected wildlife areas where you are not allowed to take any shells back with you, mostly the later.  I ended up buying some seashells for our project similar to these.

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Then Little Miss’s favorite part, paint!  I pulled out our normal tempera paint and paintbrushes and let Little Miss and Megatron get to work.  Any art project with a one year old is bound to make a big giant mess. I had to take a deep breath and just let him go knowing it could all be cleaned up.

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We ended up using every color except white and black and had a whole tray of rainbow shells!  And green paint all over the table and baby….
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I let them sit over night and our second project was creating a seashell pencil holder.

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Then came the fun part.  We put air-dry clay all over two washed, cleaned, and no sharp edges cans.  Little Miss needed a lot of help with this part so I let her have at it while I did one can by myself, and then we switched and I fixed her can while she started on the next step.

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Little Miss began sticking our painted shells into the clay.  We also used beads and buttons we already had in our craft stash.  I had to go over Little Miss’s creation and really push the shells and beads in so they wouldn’t fall out.  I showed her on the second can how you can make prints with the shells to add texture to the clay, but she really had no interest in this.

Just a tip…. The clay shrinks and, when it’s placed on a structure, cracks. This isn’t as much an issue if you are building something without a structure under it, but it is with this method. It wasn’t that bad on the can on the left in the picture, but Little Miss’s can on the right fell apart and can’t be salvaged.  She’s ok with this and we did it totally for the experience rather than having any lasting keepsake.  I knew this was a strong possibility and wanted to warn anyone else doing this same project.

Books we’ve read this week!

The Mermaid and the Shoe –  A cute story about a little mermaid who goes on a quest to discover what the strange object (a shoe) is for.  Her sisters all have great talents and poor Minnow doesn’t.  That is until she discovers her special talent while on her quest.   Little Miss loved this story.  It’s got mermaids, and little girls, and everything she could ever want.

What It’s Like to Be a Fish? – A science book all about fish.  This book talks about gills, fins, swimming, and even eye lids, or lack there of.  While this book was full of information, it’s not much of a story and had problems holding Little Miss’s attention.  I think it would be a much better book for an older child, probably Kindergarten age, who might have more interest in details about fish.  Little Miss is much more about stories at this point though.

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