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Seashell Memory Game for Kids

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This fun memory game for kids is made with seashells – either from the craft store or the beach! Put it in a pouch and it’s portable for fun play anywhere you go.


Seashell Memory Game for kids

My kids favorite beach activity, besides swimming, is collecting seashells. Needless to say, we have a lot of shells sitting around in plastic bags. And no one wants to throw them out. Not even me!

We’ve done many different kinds of shell themed crafts. There are only so many shell mirrors or shell picture frames that one family needs. We needed a new way to let the kids keep their beloved shells and put them to good use.

Here is where our beach vacations collided with our camping vacations.  Portable games are great for camping and road trips. Things like cards, tic tac toe and memory games.  Take the shells from a beach vacation and turn them in to a fun little portable memory matching game.


Matching Games for Kids made with seashells and paint pens

Supplies Needed to Make Seashell Memory Game for Kids:

Small Drawstring Bag
10 Seashells – we used shells from the beach, but you can just as easily buy bags of shells
Paint Pens (the same ones we used to make decorative plates!)

How to Make A Memory Game for Kids:

Seashells with hearts and stars drawn on the inside with a paint pen laying nearby

How many seashells you use is up to you. This set was made with 10 shells. Of course, you will want to use an even number of shells. You can always add or remove shell pairs depending on the age of the kids playing. 

Start by setting the shells out in to sets of two.  Draw the same shape, number, letter or whatever you want inside each shell. You could use these to teach numbers, letters, colors… maybe even multiplication facts or spelling words. Get creative with it. 

Seashells with matching drawings inside for a memory game

We just did a bunch of easy designs the kids would remember like flower, sun, dragonfly, heart, etc. We kept it simple. You could also have the kids draw their own choices inside the shells. 

Seashell Memory Game

Once all the shells have a design on the inside and there are two of each design, you’re ready to play.  Throw the shells in a small pouch for carrying.

To play, set the shells out with the pictures facing down. Play like a memory game. Flip two shells over at a time and try to remember the matches! The person with the most matches wins.

These would also make great party gifts for a sea, beach or mermaid themed birthday party. You could even let the kids make their own game set and take it home as a party gift.


Yield: 1 game

Seashell Memory Game for Kids

Kids love memory games and this DIY memory game is made with seashells.
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • Small Drawstring Bag
  • Even Number of Seashells
  • Paint Pens


    1. Set the shells out in to sets of two.  
    2. Draw the same shape, number, letter or whatever you want inside each shell. 
    3. Store in a bag.


To play: Turn all seashells face down on playing surface. Each player takes turns turning over 2 shells to find a match. The person with the most matches wins.

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  • Leanna
    June 16, 2020

    what a great family activity on a hot summer day!!!Love it!

  • Theresa
    July 28, 2016

    Such a cute idea! Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party.

  • Marie
    July 27, 2016

    So creative! Thank you so much for stopping by the Learn & Play Link Up! This post is featured on Christian Montessori Network this week.

  • Maria
    July 21, 2016

    How clever! My daughter currently loves collecting shells from the beach, but they just lay around the house. This is a great way to get some use out of it. Thanks so much for sharing it on #shinebloghop this week 🙂

  • Katie
    July 21, 2016

    This is sooooo cute! I love it. I’m going to start collecting sea shells when we are on vacation in August so that I can try this with my son. Great idea!

  • Rachel
    July 20, 2016

    How cute is this! Great idea for a beach house, or even just a beach themed house! Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy Linkup!

  • Laurie
    July 16, 2016

    This is an adorable idea! Love it! Pinned to share. Thanks so much for linking up with us this week for Snickerdoodle Sunday!