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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sea Shell Matching Game

Oh so sad that summer is over. If you were fortunate to get some time at the beach, you may have come home with a few dozen of these:

Especially if you have little children who insist on keeping every shell that they find! So, what to do with all those shells? Gather up your little ones and make a sea shell matching game!

This craft couldn't be easier. You will need an even number of shells that are approximately the same size and color. Plus, stickers that you have at least two of.

Be sure your shells are clean, dry and free of sand. Then peel and stick your stickers inside the shells. Try not to pick shells that look identical or it will make it too easy for your players to make a match. Let's not make it too easy on the kids. The true goal of this game is to keep your kids occupied for 15 minutes!

You may have to trim a few stickers to help them fit better. See how I trimmed the Buzz sticker:

Then set out your shells sticker side down and let the game begin!

Make sure they play fair and only turn over two shells at a time. If a match is made then they can keep those two shells.

At the end, let them count their pairs. The person with the most matches wins!

Be sure to encourage re-matches! If you want the stickers to hold up to many games and sticky fingers, you may choose to coat the sticker side with Mod Podge.

Now, I have some exciting news! Do you remember when I posted the tour of my favorite beach shop? The Painted Cottage.

Well, Leigh, the owner sent me something special from the shop to giveaway to my readers. Two bottles very similar to the ones pictured above. Wasn't that super sweet? She is such a nice lady, I hope you get a chance to visit Ocean Isle Beach and meet her someday.

In the meantime, stay tuned for pictures and details on how to enter to win.

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At September 12, 2010 at 11:50 PM , Blogger ┬áTatum said...

I don't live near a beach, nor did I get the opportunity to visit one this summer but had I had the opportunity I would have made certain that I came home with such treasures! What a clever way to play the match game!!

At September 13, 2010 at 12:01 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Clever is all I can say! Is that a new picture of you on your profile? It looks beautiful!

At September 13, 2010 at 10:31 AM , Blogger Michelle L. said...

Great idea! I love how simple it is to make, but the finished game is sweetly artistic and picturesque. A design upgrade from your typical matching game!

At September 13, 2010 at 1:41 PM , Blogger The DIY Show Off said...

What fun and such a good idea and makes me want to hang on to summer just a little bit longer or go to the beach. Option 2 would be better. ;)

Have a great week!


At September 13, 2010 at 10:25 PM , Blogger Nutbird said...

Did you change your blog around a little? It looks really good now. I reviewed some of your projects and was knocked out with the way you highlight the parts you are talking about. I think that I could follow your directions, even though I don't really know how to make furniture. Thanks for your dedication. Ann

At September 14, 2010 at 1:20 AM , Blogger - Brittany said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. In answer to a few of your questions, yes, I've been making some improvements to my site. Mainly adding a long overdue header. And this weekend a good friend took some great headshots of me while at the beach. He is an amazing photographer! Check out his portfolio here:

At September 15, 2010 at 1:02 AM , Blogger Allie said...

What a FABULOUS idea! I need a beach to gather shells... :)

At September 17, 2010 at 11:27 AM , Anonymous angela said...

What a great idea. I really like your site, your coat rack and bench are ingenius!

At September 17, 2010 at 6:22 PM , Blogger Cussot said...

I've seen an antique Japanese version of this - same idea, but the shells were handpainted and stored in two very large lacquered containers. I like your modern interpretation!


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