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Collecting Sea Glass with Kids + Projects

Collecting with KidsLast week we have the opportunity to spend time in Maine with a dear friend of ours. We spend a lot of time at the shore but never seem to find sea glass, well we had no problem finding it in Maine during our trip. Each time we would head to the beach the kids would spend hours combing the beach for the perfect sea glass. We have bags of it and some of it is pretty rare (from what I heard).


Teaching children to collect and appreciate sea glass provides lessons in art, history, math, science and physics. One thing that I loved about this activity is that you are outdoors enjoying nature. The perfect time is just after a storm and the tide is going out. I couldn’t believe how easy it was for the kids to find the sea glass, I guess it’s because they have the advantage of being closer to the ground. When teaching your child how to look for sea glass by looking for unique shapes or color. Keep focused on the tide lines and near jetties or other outcroppings on the water’s edge where debris settles. You also have a better chance after  full or new moon because the tides change dramatically.


Sea Glass from MaineSea Glass and Pottery found in Maine – the pile to the right IS NOT Sea Glass. 

If you are able to spend time near water throughout the year it’s a great hobby that can transform into a tradition for kids and their parents or grandparents. You can pool your sea glass together and then make some amazing keepsakes and gifts for family members and friends. Here are some of my favorite things to make with sea glass that kids can do too.

sea glass clay pot

Sea Glass Clay Pot

Sea Glass Stepping StonesSea Glass Garden Stepping Stones

Sea Glass Wall ArtSea Glass Wall Art 

Sea Glass OrnementSea Glass Ornament 

Sea Glass Monogram Art

Sea Glass Monogram Art 

Have you found sea glass on your travels? If so, what are some of your favorite ways to display or use it? So, have fun while outdoors and create beautiful memories with your children.


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3 Responses to Collecting Sea Glass with Kids + Projects

  1. Julia July 16, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    My mom collects sea glass it’s always so pretty.

  2. Colleen (Souffle Bombay) July 16, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    We love coming across sea glass and keep it in a pretty lidded memory jar – love the stepping stone idea!

  3. Clare July 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    I love those stepping stones. I’ve never really found sea glass at the beach before, usually just shells. I might have to start looking a bit harder!

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