She sells sea shells

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The sea offers us many treasures.  It is fun to collect, and even decorate ourselves with these gifts from the sea.  We learned a bit about snails and clams with our exploration of sea shells.  We dug in sand, sorted our treasures and learned a little bit about these beautiful, mysterious creatures.  We read Eric Carle’s a Home for Hermit Crab:

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and here is a fun little finger play that we did:

5 Little Shells

5 little shells lying on the shore

       Crash went the waves, then there was 4

4 little shells down by the sea,

       Crash went the waves, then there were 3

3 little shells, smooth as new

       Crash went the waves, then there were 2

2 little shells, sparkling in the sun

       Crash went the waves and then there was 1

1 little shell, left by itself,

       I took it home and put it on my shelf

At the end of the program we made shell necklaces with air dry clay, shells, paint and glitter. Check out the masterpieces:

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About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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