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.
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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 for the Egg Shell Sensory Art Project:
- Hand-eye coordination
- Fine Motor
- Color recognition
Materials You Will Need for the Egg Shell Sensory Art Project:
- Egg Shells (We saved all our eggshells but in the future, I would save just the white ones.)
- Ziploc Bags
- Sturdy Paper
- Food Colors & Egg Dye
- Embellishments or decorations. We used grass for the flower stems and cotton balls for the clouds.
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 the picture to dry.
Put the eggshells 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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