Paper Sand Dollars

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Paper Sand Dollars
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

It's easy to see why kids sometimes think sand dollars are old pirate coins or mermaids' loot, but of course they're actually the shells of bottom-dwelling sea animals that have washed ashore. Luckily, you don't have to wait for the tide to recede to get a few of these ocean treasures for yourself.

What you'll need

  • White or cream-colored card stock
  • Round cotton pad or circle of packing foam
  • Glue
  • Clothespins
  • Dry barley

How to make it

  1. Paper Sand Dollars - Step 1

    To make your own paper sand dollars, first cut a pair of circles, about 3 inches in diameter, from white or cream-colored card stock.

  2. Sandwich the 2 circles together with a round cotton pad or circle of packing foam between them.

  3. Glue the circles together, using clothespins to hold them in place until the glue has dried.

  4. Finally, glue on a star-shaped design of dry barley, as shown.

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