I was trying to think of an original summer craft to post here on the Mommy Moment blog when this beach project came to me. I actually got the idea for this when we were making cinnamon rolls earlier in the day….sprinkling the cinnamon sugar had such a soothing feeling to it…..!
I gave my 4-year-old some watercolor paper and his watercolor paints, and asked him to make me a picture of the sea and the beach.
One thing that I especially loved about this project was that the 1-year-old could do it too. I gave her regular construction paper, but it didn’t hold up as well as the watercolor paper.
I cut a triangle for a sail and a half-moon shape for a boat out of craft foam. I broke off about 1/3 of a craft stick, and used the longer piece for the mast. My son glued those in the middle of his ocean.
For our last step, we sprinkled play sand over the beach (we had to paint over it a little more to get it wet again so the sand would stick).
And here is our finished textured picture:
That green shape is a sun….our colors mix a bit when we do watercolor!
This project was very simple and used all things that we already had on hand. Of course, you can get creative with this – maybe make a speed boat out of the craft foam and a water skier out of toothpicks, or perhaps a whale popping out on the horizon.
You can also focus more on the beach – you can have starfish by the water, and people or beach umbrellas on the sand. Have fun with it!
Stephanie Dakin is a mommy of 2 wonderful kiddos, ages 1 & 4. She loves doing crafts, both on her own and with the kids. She has a heart for helping others, and can be found on her site The Helping Mommy.