Egg Shell Sensory Art Project

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We use a lot of eggs in our house. Most of the eggshells end up in the compost but every once in a while I put some aside to use for crafts. I was thinking of doing an art project with one of “my kids”. I wanted to combine sensory and fine motor and fun. I had gone through lots of different sensory materials with this child but I hadn’t explored crunching eggshells yet so I figured that I would give this a try. I was happily surprised by how well it went.

Egg Shell Sensory Art Project

This Egg Shell Sensory Art Project turned out to be even more fun than I thought it would be.

Crunching up the eggshells turned out to be a fabulous new sensory experience. I think that the dyed eggshells are prettier than sequins and a much more natural art material. The other benefit of this art project is that it is completely compostable. We had a few pictures that we did not want to keep so we buried them in the compost heap.

Target Skills:

Sensory, Hand-eye coordination, Fine Motor, Color recognition


  • Egg Shells (We saved all our eggshells but in the future I would save just the white ones.)
  • Ziploc Bags 
  • Glue 
  • Paper 
  • Food coloring or Dye

Colored Egg Shells

Instructions for Egg Shell Sensory Art Project:

Save all your broken eggshells. A couple of dozen eggshells will do the trick, but more is better.

This step is optional: dye your eggshells different colors by soaking them in food coloring. Allow to dry.

Put the egg shells into the ziploc bags and have the kids crunch them up. Warning: this can be addicting; it feels really cool to crunch the shells.

Take the eggshells, put them in a bowl, give your child glue and paper and let them create their own egg shell sensory art project.

Egg Shell Rainbow


Ideas to extend this activity:

Draw colors on the paper have the child match the colors with the colored shells.

Draw a figure, heart, circle, house, etc. and have your child fill it with the egg shells.

Write letters and fill with letters. Trace the eggshell letters for a sensory learning experience.

More Art Projects Kids Enjoy:

Paper Mache Plates
Paper Mache Plates
tissue paper cherry blossom art project
Tissue Paper Cherry Blossom Art Project


  1. Definitely showing my wife this (she works in a nursery). Good to know the witches won’t be using these egg shells to sail in (what my mum used to tell me).


    1. Thanks for reading, Tricia!


  2. What a cool project, I’ve never seen anything like it! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.


    1. Thanks for hosting!


  3. Great way to make us of those post-dyed shells! I’ll be featuring this post tomorrow at the Thoughtful Spot. Thx for linking it up!


    1. Thanks, Laura. We will be sure to stop by!


  4. Thank you for contributing to Motivational Monday!


    1. Thank you for hosting!


  5. Wawoo! Dis is such a cool project and I can imagine the fun of crushing the egg shells. Love the art u guys created with these shells. I am sure my daughter will love it. I am gonna try it with her.


  6. Wow! These projects came out beautifully. I love the colors and texture. Pinning.


    1. Thanks, Tarynn! We hope you have fun.


  7. This is such a great idea. I have a 4 year old and a 1 year old and this is something they can do together and will both love!


    1. Thanks, Krista! I think they both will have fun. But maybe an outdoor area with the 1 year old? I was just imagining egg shells everywhere. 🙂


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