Simon loving his conch shells. His favorite, though, are moon snail shells.
Here are the books I read to Simon during our shell unit. For Simon, the focus was on animal homes & shells (not just seashells).
Are You a Snail? by Judy Allen
Jenny’s Surprise Summer by Eugenie
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
What Lives in a Shell? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Craft ~ Ocean in a Bottle
This is super easy (and cheap!) to do.
water, a plastic bottle, baby oil, blue food coloring, glue, and shells (I found some fun crafting shells at Hobby Lobby)
Fill the bottle 1/2 full with water. Add baby oil (we probably used 3/4 cup). Drop in small shells.
Add some food coloring (just 1-2 drops or the color will be too dark).
Add some glue around the top edges and screw the lid on.
After the lid dries, give your bottle a shake, shake, shake! Hold it on its side, and you’ll see waves, foam, and bubbles–irresistible for any preschooler!
His lapbook is based on What Lives in a Shell? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld. You can download the lapbook templates & instructions.
/sh/ accordion open
Seashells t-book open
Middle of lapbook with a few of the books open
Animals Living in Shells hotdog book open
Simon also had fun playing our shell matching game, baking & decorating cupcakes, helping paint our tablecloth, and learning the names of shells. You can read more about his adventure (and his big brother’s adventure, too!) in this post.