One of the things I used to offer on this blog was free, printable coloring pages with pictures of seashells. Readers seemed to appreciate the printables and I’ve wanted to bring them back. Let’s start with the Scaphella junonia.
I have begun to create some new pages that contain seashell outlines. These coloring pages are free to anyone for personal or classroom use. Homeschool moms and dads especially like to use them in their marine biology studies.
Aside from schooling, these free pages can be used to keep youngsters happy when they may otherwise be bored. Take along for a car or plane trip to keep the kids occupied and away from the tech devices. Use at the kids table at a wedding event. Be sure to provide lots of crayons and felt pens in a wide array of colors.
Kids, and even adults, may learn something from the images. I’ll provide the common name of the shell (what I call it!) and the scientific name, if possible. I’ll include a real photo of the shell on my blog, when possible, just in case that is helpful.
You may be able to find old coloring page images on this blog, but from here on out the pages will be newly created. Some of the old ones may have a reference to “Squidoo”, which is defunct. The new pages will have my SeashellsbyMillhill blog listed.
Let’s start the coloring collection with a favorite shell called the junonia, or Scaphella junonia (scientific name). It’s also known as Juno’s volute. I have written about this shell before. I don’t have one in my collection of shells mainly because I have only visited Sanibel Island a couple of times. And both times I knew nothing about collecting rare seashells. I’m sure I was an oddball on the island at the time, since most people visiting Sanibel know it’s a shellers paradise.
The junonia seashell is rare and a coveted collector’s item. The Sanibel Ialand area is the place to scour the seashore in hopes of finding one. Even collecting a worn, or broken piece of this shell is a big deal.
Visit my previous post to see a picture of a real Junonia shell and learn a little more about this shell and a few others that are a bit rare to find.
Click on the picture which will take you to my Photo Bucket page where it can be printed. Please use my picture for personal fun or classroom coloring. It was not made for any type of commercial use.
I love to be able to offer these free, printable coloring pages for anyone to use because I get such a great response (at times) from teachers, homeschoolers, and others who are looking for such a thing. One woman was helping a class create cards for a teacher and needed seashells to do so. Those kinds of stories make me feel good, so I continue to create them when I can.
The big shell (drawing) featured here is the Lion’s Paw shell and it is coveted by collectors not only because of it’s large size (it can be 6 inches across!), but it is usually brightly colored red or purple and it has interesting bumps and ridges.
You can read more about it (and see a real one) at this post.
The Florida fighting conch shell is a thick and heavy feeling shell. It can vary in color from almost white on the outside to brownish purple. Contrary to it’s name, it does not like to pick fights. The animal inside uses it’s long foot to “hop” and pull itself along in the sand or to try to escape the hand that has captured it.
Below is a coloring page, free for you to use (personal use only – no selling), of the Fighting conch. Click the picture and print it out and enjoy.