Seashell Inspired Poetry


  • A small selection of seashells
  • A pen and paper

To begin:

  • Bring out the shells that you have got for the activity – explain that you are going to use them as inspiration to create a piece of poetry.
  • As you react to the shells write down everything that is said – you will use this to create your poem.
  • Begin looking at the shells and use them as a starting point for conversation.
  • One shell that you are going to use as inspiration for you poem


  • Which one do you like the best? Why do you like it?
  • What makes it stand out from the others?
  • What shape is the shell?
  • Where might it have come from?
  • Which creature might have lived in it?
  • Which ones stand out? Why do they stand out?
  • How does it look close up?
  • How does it feel?
  • Is it light or heavy?
  • What does it remind you of?
  • How does it make you feel holind the shell?


  • Finish by reading back the poem that has been created, or by getting your partner to read it.
  • After the reading it you need to decide upon a name for your poem.
  • Once it is named you could read it one more time.