I am always looking for ideas to use shells and came up with this easy art activity for kids. Watercolor Painted Seashells are so easy to make and very eye catching.

Shells Painted with Watercolors

Supplies Needed

– Liquid Watercolors – Small paintbrush – Cups – Clean shells

My favorite kinds of shells to use for this activity are clamrose shells. I prefer using liquid watercolors because they are so vibrant.

Squeeze a few drops of liquid food coloring into a cup and add some water to dilute it a bit.

Provide your child with a smock or old tee shirt, paintbrush, shells and cups of watercolors and let them get creative.

Providing a variety of colors is fun because it lets kids really get creative and experiment with color mixing.


These shells will make a beautiful memento of a beach trip.


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