Playing at the beach is a summer tradition for most. Why not get crafty this summer while at the beach though? It will help with the inevitable “I’m bored” complaints you will eventually get from the kids. So try some of these crafts the next time you are at the beach.
Beach Crafts for Kids
1. Sand sculpture – How about taking sand castle building to a whole new level? Sculpt something in the sand. It is simple and does not require much more than a bucket, a shovel, some water, and your imagination.
2. Create your own diggers – Do not bother bringing shovels to the beach. Instead, grab a soda bottle or milk jug. All you need to do is wash them out and cut off the bottom. Next cut off a part of the side to make a shovel. To prevent the sand from sticking to your new shovel, make sure you dry it out before you start digging. If you decide to make your new diggers prior to going to the beach, you can decorate them with some paint. Make sure it is fully dry before using though.
3. Build a raft – Gather sticks and tie them together with some string. Or, if you are at the beach, use seaweed to tie the sticks together. Look around for things you can add to your raft to make a sail. A stick and a leaf will do. Test out your new raft by putting it in the water and to see how far it floats.
4. A beach scavenger hunt – Before going to the beach, create a scavenger hunt list of things the kids might find there. This list can consist of things such as seashells, seaweed, flat stones, hermit crabs, etc. You can also include pictures of the objects they need to find. Save the rocks and seashells the kids found on the scavenger hunt for a craft you can do later at home.
5. Message in the sand – Wouldn’t it be fun to spell out a message in the sand? You can do that by using seashells or rocks, or even some sticks or seaweed you may find on the beach.
6. A sandy hand print – Make a keepsake of your trip to the beach with some plaster of Paris? All you have to do is do a little pre-planning by bringing about 1 ½ cups of plaster of Paris in a resealable bag to the beach. Once you are ready to make your hand or foot print, find a clean, slightly wet spot of sand. Next press your child’s hand or foot into it, making a deep impression. Pull the hand or foot straight up and pour the plaster of Paris into the mold you just created. Once it had hardened, you can remove it. Lastly, bring it home where you can write your child’s name/age on the back or the date of your trip.
7. Sand casting – Using the plaster of Paris again, you can also create a bowl in the sand. Add some treasures you have found into this small hole. Press it in good and then pour the plaster of Paris over it. Have a paper clip? Go ahead and stick it into the plaster of Paris to make a hanger when it’s dry. Let it sit undisturbed for about an hour and carefully remove from the sand.
Are you ready for a fun trip to the beach? Don’t forget the sunscreen and enjoy your fun in the sun.
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