Seashell Journal

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In this activity, learners make homemade journals featuring seashell rubbings. First, learners transfer the texture of a seashell onto a piece of paper using a crayon. Next, learners construct the journal binding out of thin pieces of wood. Learners embellish the front and back covers with the seashell rubbing and other decorations, add blank sheets to the inside, and tie the journal together with ribbon. Use this activity to help learners explore seashells, adaptations, and exoskeletons through a hands-on, creative project. Note: a drill is required to construct the journal's front and back covers. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • 2 Pieces of Wood, thin for covers
  • Seashell or leaf or anything else you can rub over and get a pattern
  • Crayons
  • Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Drill
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Hole punch


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Evolution
      • Evidence for Evolution
      • History of Life
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop


  • All rights reserved, Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop, 2011