She sells, sea shells on the seashore – A Montessori inspired Sea shells Washing Activity for Kids

A Montessori – inspired, “hands on” activity for kids. My 3 year old, had oodles of fun during this activity as he got to play with the soapy water. Little did he know, he was actually strengthening his palm muscles. This is a fine motor activity as well as a sensorial activity.

The washing and cleaning activities help making kids to be hygiene-ready. It instills in their mind to keep things clean and neat.


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Ideal work for ages: 18 mo+

All you need is:

1. Plastic tub or tray, one for soapy water and one for clean water

2. Seashells

3. Shaving cream

4. A small toothbrush

5. Towel

6. Water

For the activity:

I poured some water in the bigger tray and immersed the shells into it. Handed over the brush to him and put a big dollop of shaving foam. He used the foam to clean the shells. Later he dipped them into the plastic tray which had clean water and scrubbed them. Last step is to pat the shells dry on a towel.

I made sure he felt that he was performing an important task. I told him that the shells are dirty and needed a wash. And he enjoyed doing this over and over again until I called the day.

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Learning opportunities:

1. Fine motor skills development

2. Sensorial development

3. Practical life skills

4. Hygiene knowledge


For more practical life activities, go here:

Ocean themed sensorial activity

2. How to make a sensory activity

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