Have you been to the beach yet this summer? I have such mixed feelings about going. I really want to take Rea because I know how much she will love it, she rolls around in the sand in our yard. But at the same time I dread taking her because she ROLLS around in the sand at home and the thought of a sandy two year-old makes me cringe.

If you have been to the beach, I know your Lil’ loved looking at and collecting shells, today’s activity will let you put those shells to good use.

Grab a FREE copy of the Shell Writing template HERE!

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills


  • Can identify all capital letters and most sounds (L, P, O, F)
  • Recognize sight words (I, my, you, is, are, the, of, and, can, like)

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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Shell Writing Template

Sea Shells

Step #1

Print out the shell writing template and cut them so that each letter or sight word is on its own paper.

Step #2

Use shells to build the letter L.

Step #3

Repeat this step for each letter and sight word.

Teacher Tip

It is important to cut each letter or sight word into its own flash card so that your Lil’ can focus on each letter/word at a time.


Let us know what you think and share videos of your Lil’s using shells to build their letters and sight words!