Exploring Shells

Today at snack time we had a great conversation about things that live in the ocean. During activity time the children were invited to explore shells. We wondered many things, " what are shells?", " what used to live in them?"

One of our friends told us, "animals need to protect themselves"
We read in a shell book that shells are like a skeleton on the outside of their body. 

We made a mixture of salt, flour and water . This makes a dough that is easy to work with and will dry hard in two days.

The children made "impressions" of a shell of their choosing. 
 We talked about the lines we could see  and noticed that some shells made spirals. 

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