Seashells can make beautiful music on breezy days when you make a set of seashell wind chimes.
What You'll Need:
- Seashells (especially clams, mussels, and oysters)
- Awl or nut pick
- Coat hanger
- String or strong fishing line
- Safe scissors
Step 1: Pick attractive shells that you don't mind breaking. Shells from animals with two shells, such as clams, mussels, oysters, and scallops, make good wind chimes.
Step 2: With an adult's help, take a metal awl or a nut pick and gently work it back and forth in one spot, boring out a small hole for string to run through. The slower you go, the less likely you are to break shells.
Step 3: Tie each shell to a piece of string and suspend it from your coat hanger. Make sure the shells are close enough together to clink. Suspending some shells lower than others makes a nice pattern.
Step 4: Hang your chimes anywhere that the breeze can catch them. You may want to bring them indoors on very windy days so that the shells don't break.
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ABOUT THE ACTIVITY DESIGNERS
The following activities were designed by Maria Birmingham, Karen E. Bledsoe, and Kelly Milner Halls.