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.
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.
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
- Food coloring or Dye
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.
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.
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