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Beach Food Crafts and Seashell Activities for Kids!
Beach Theme Activities for Kids
Even if you don't live close to a beach or have a chance to visit one this summer, your children can have FUN and learn with beach-themed activities. The activities below are designed for children ages 2-7, but can easily be adapted for children of differing skill levels. We hope that you and your children enjoy learning about the beach while creating some special memories together!
Beach Theme Introduction
Beach Towel Mystery Items
One beach towel and several items that are related to the beach. Suggestions for beach items: empty sunscreen bottles, goggles, sea shells, flip flops, small inflatable toys, sand pails, sand shovels, sun hats, sunglasses, snorkels, etc.
Discuss the beach items with your children before playing the game. Ask your children if they know what the items are and what they are used for. Lay a beach towel on the floor and ask the children to close their eyes. One at a time, hide an item under the beach towel. Ask the children to FEEL on top of the towel to see if they can identify the item underneath by touch alone. This activity is a great way to incorporate the sense of TOUCH into your beach activities.
Beach-Themed Play Dough Counting
Materials needed: Small beach-themed counters/shells, beach-themed plastic cupcake flags, homemade or commercial play dough, and a dry erase marker (to label the cupcake flags).
Label several plastic cupcake flags with any number the children have had introduced. Have the children roll large balls from play dough and then flatten to a "pancake-shape" on a table or play dough mat. Have the children place one labeled cupcake flag on each of the play dough shapes. The children must then press the corresponding number of beach-themed counters into the play dough shape. The children will love playing with the play dough and beach-themed objects! It is a great way to PLAY with one-to-one correspondence and retain basic counting skills over the summer.
Extension Idea: Have the children press the beach items into the play dough and then remove. Starfish make great prints in play dough or homemade salt dough.
Beach Rhyming Words
One Rhyming Beach Words pdf file per child (free to download and print in the EXTRA RESOURCES section below)
Crayons or Markers
Have the children identify and name the picture on the left in each of the columns. Children will then need to circle the picture in each ROW that rhymes with the first picture in that row. The second page contains an answer key for self-checking if needed.
Sea Shell Sorting
If you are at the beach or at home, your children will love to sort and explore sea shells!
Shells collected at the beach (see the "Supplies You May Need" section if you would like to purchase shells to use)
A magnifying glass for exploration
Children (and adults) are amazed by the shells left behind by creatures on the beach! If you have a chance to visit the beach, take along a pail, a shovel, and a magnifying glass for the children to explore all the shells they find. There is a great lens written here on Squidoo that will help you and your children identify the TYPE of shell found (See the EXTRA RESOURCE section below for the link: SEASHELL IDENTIFICATION.) The children can sort the shells by size, type, color, patterns, etc. It is a fun activity for kids and they will learn while playing, too!
Describing Sea Shells
One Describing Sea Shells Game Board pdf file (linked below in the EXTRA RESOURCES section to download and print)
Assorted sea shells, counters or plastic counting chips
Print the game boards for each of the children and laminate for durability. Give each child a game board and 9 counters or shells to use as markers on the squares. An adult begins by physically describing one of the shells on the game board. For example: I am round, white, and have a star in the middle (Sand Dollar). The children then find that shell on the game board and cover that square with one of their counters or shells. Continue the game until all the squares on the game board are covered.
Extension for older children: Have the older children take turns describing the shells for their peers or for the younger children.
Oyster and Pearl Cookie Craft
Cookies for the shell (any light-colored cookie)
Pink Icing (commercial Strawberry flavored or tint white frosting with red food coloring)
Craft Sticks or Plastic Knives
Have the children use the craft sticks or knives to spread the pink frosting on one of the cookies. Lay the cookie flat and place a miniature marshmallow on top (this will be the pearl.) The children can place another cookie on top of the bottom cookie. The marshmallow will keep the cookie from closing to resemble the oyster. This is a simple and FUN food craft for kids! They are fun to make and EAT!
Croissants (1 per child)
Red Pepper Slices (six per child)
Two Strawberries (per child)
Toothpicks (two per child)
Mozzarella Cheese Sticks (one stick will make 4 crabs)
Black olive pieces (two per child)
Strawberries (one per child)
Plastic Knife (one per child)
We adapted this food craft with red pepper strips for the legs as it looked more "crab-like" (and our kids LOVE red pepper!) For the original crabwich from Family Fun, visit the link below under the EXTRA RESOURCE section!
Have the children place the croissant on a plate. The children can tear the stem off of the strawberry and cut it in half with a plastic knife (assist younger children or pre-cut the strawberries prior to the activity.) Place one-half of the strawberry on each end of the croissant. *NOTE: the children may need to cut away a portion of the croissant for the strawberries to fit (depending on the size of the croissant and the strawberries that are used.)
Have a bowl of pre-cut red pepper strips available for the children to use as the crab's legs. The children can arrange the crab's legs on each side of the croissant. To finish the crab, have the children insert two toothpicks in the croissant. On top of the toothpicks, have the children place a small piece of cheese and black olive for the crab's eyes. Younger children may have difficulty attaching both the olive AND the cheese to their toothpicks. The crabs look just GREAT with only CHEESE for the eyes! The croissants make a great beach-themed snack!
Graham Cracker "Beach" Snacks for Kids!
I whole graham per child
Graham Cracker Crumbs
Blue Cookie Frosting (in tubes or tint white frosting with blue food coloring)
Miniature Umbrellas, if desired
Plastic Spoons (one per child)
Lay a graham cracker on a plate for each child. Have the children use the craft sticks to spread frosting over the entire cracker. Place the graham cracker crumbs in a bowl and have the children use the spoon to sprinkle crumbs on ONE-HALF of the graham cracker only (this will resemble the beach and leave the blue frosting to resemble the water.) The children can use the gummy bears to decorate their cracker as they wish. Some gummies may like to swim or even relax on the beach! The miniature umbrellas add a nice finishing touch for your "beach -themed" snack!
Listening and Relaxation - Ocean Wave Sounds
Have your children lie down on the floor. Tell them to close their eyes and listen to the ocean waves video. As the children listen, ask them to relax one body part at a time (their head, face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, fingers, tummy, legs, feet, and toes). Children, just like adults, can be stressed. Sometimes children need to MOVE each part of the body to relax and locate it. Have them roll their head gently from side to side while on the floor or wiggle their fingers. As an adult, take the time to relax with your children to the sounds in the video!
- SEASHELL IDENTIFICATION
Great for help in identifying all the shells your children find at the BEACH!
- DESCRIBING SEA SHELLS PDF FILE
Game Board to download and print.
- BEACH RHYMING WORDS PDF FILE
Beach Literacy Activity to download and print.
- Family Fun Crabby Crabwich
The original idea behind the croissant crabs!