Family Time Calendar: Get Crafty - iVillage

Not everyone lives near an ocean, but anyone can have a private beach to gaze upon. On a hot summer day, soak the kids down with a hose or in a pool. Then let them craft their own private beach. Set out everything they need on an outdoor picnic table.


What you'll need:

  • Shoe box lid
  • Blue and white poster paint
  • Glue
  • Old sponge
  • About a cup of sandbox sand
  • Assorted shells
  • Modeling clay
  • Old washcloth
  • Tiny paper umbrellas
  • Tiny plastic sea animals (crabs, seagulls, fish)

What you'll do:

  • Place the lid on a table so the inside faces up. Draw a curving line halfway across the lid and let the kids paint one side blue. When the paint is dry, they can dip the sponge into some white paint and lightly tap the blue surface to mimic "foaming" waves. Let dry.
  • Pour a generous dollop of craft glue onto a paper plate and thin with a few drops of water. Paint the thinned glue on the other side of the lid and let the kids sprinkle evenly with sand. Wait until the glue is dry before shaking off the excess sand.
  • Use a small ball of clay to hold an umbrella in place on the "beach." If you like, glue on shells and sea animals.
  • Cut a small swatch from an old washcloth to use as a miniature beach towel.


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