Children desire to create, build, and construct. Observation of a group of youngsters at the beach will indicate that although the refreshing coolness of the water brings joy and fun, seemingly greater pleasure is derived by the children using their hands to model and build in the moist sand. This creative release is more than just the fulfillment of a physical need to feel, grasp, and experiment. It involves the whole of the child. This combination of the physical and mental abilities of youngsters is naturally expressed in the crafts.
Make a big splash at the beach with this unusual footprint in the sand. First cut out a paper pattern for a very large foot—at least 5 feet long by 24, feet wide. Then use the pattern to cut a giant foot out of burlap. Cut another footprint of the same size out of terry cloth and stitch it to the burlap. Add a pocket for suntan lotion and stitch on red cloth toenails.
You can make an ideal picnic and beach carryall for fun supplies from an old pair of shorts. Stitch the bottoms of the legs together and then attach a large pocket on each side to hold hair spray, towels, books, etc. String a belt through the belt loops to carry it. Once at the beach, you can remove the contents and use the totebag as a scat.
For this crafts project, you will need 2 sea shells, not larger than 3/4 inch in diameter 2 earring clips or screws, tweezers and strong adhesive / glue. You can make it like this ... 1. Put the two sea shells on the table, with their backs facing you. Squeeze out a few drops of Duco cement onto the shells.
2. Using the tweezers, pick up the sea shells and put them very gently on top of the earring clips or screws, right in the center. Let the glue dry. Pack the earrings in a small box. It would be nice if you put some fresh white cotton in the bottom of the box, to highlight the earrings.
1. Discuss this project with your parents and ask them to save cans for you (3 to 6 shallow cans—such as sardine, tuna fish, sprats enamel paints).
2. Wash the cans thoroughly with soap and water. Dry them well.
3. Paint the cans all over with the enamel paint (or acrylic paint with some elmers glue in it), in your favorite color or blue which makes a great sea-shell beach design. Let the paint dry.
4. Take your collection of beach items and make a beach scene out of them...it will look beautiful in your shadow boxes.
5. Cover the cans with Saran wrap. Put masking tape around the edges of the cans.
6. Attach the gummed picture hooks to the backs of the cans. When the miniature shadow boxes are hung in a pretty arrangement on the wall of the person to whom you'll give this interesting gift, you will see that all your work was well worth the effort.
A Mounted Sea Shell Painting - Learn how ot make this mounted sea shell painting to remember your beautiful beach stay by taking a souvenir home and using it as canvas for your painting.
Make Handprint Crabs on the Beach - Learn how to make these cute crabs walking on the beach.
Lobster Footprints / Handprints - Use both a footprint and 2 handprints to make these cute painted lobsters.