Beach Casting Activities for Kids Not Just for the Beach

We love the beach so why not take some of it home with you.  This is a great activity to do at the beach with kids.  They’ll enjoy a different twist to a regular beach day!

 

Don’t live by the Beach? 

If you don’t live by the beach you can purchase sand (sandbox sand) from Home Depot or Toy Store and by shells at Michael’s or any craft store. If you don’t want to use shells any small object’s will work. Put the sand in a shoe box  or any small box and follow directions below:

Feel like being creative?  Purchase colored sand (or make your own) for vibrant look.

Materials: Shells/beach glass/driftwood, sand, plaster of paris, water, beach shovel, plastic bucket

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sand Cast Shells

Step 1: Dig a shallow even sized hole on the beach

Step 2: Add in shells, beach glass and driftwood

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Mix the dry plaster of paris with water (use saltwater from beach) and stir

Step 4: Pour plaster of paris over shells and wait for it to dry

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Once dry pick up from the sand and take home

 

 

 

 

 

*This activity can also be done with a handprint or footprint.  Have child place hand or foot in the sand fill imprint with plaster of paris, wait until dry and lift from the sand

Kids play and create tip:

*Have children create patterns with their shells when beach casting.  They can also use small shells to form words and sayings.

Don’t feel like working at the beach?  

No problem, bring sand and shells back from the beach and create this project outside at home. Put sand in a shoe box and follow above directions.


Make your own Plaster of Paris

Plaster of Paris can be purchased at any craft or and most hardware stores however you can make it using a couple of simple ingredients that you may already have at home.

 

Recipe 1:

Materials: 1 cup warm water about 100 degrees, 2 cups flour, bowl and spatula 

Step 1: Combine 1 cup of warm water with 2 cups of flour

Step 2: Mix together until smooth with no lumps it will look like a paste

Step 3: Use right away to create projects.  Do not let the mixture cool or it will not work

 

Recipe 2:

Materials: 2-3 cups warm water about 100 degrees, 2 cups white glue, bowl spatula 

Step 1: combine 1 cup warm water with 2 cups white glue and mix well

Step 2: Add in more water while continuing to mix

Step 3: Continue to add water while mixing until you have a soupy mixture

Step 4: Use to create projects, will take longer to dry then the above recipe

How to Make a Potato Stamp Fun Potato Craft for Kids

 This is a fun project for kids.  It’s a great alternative to regular painting or using regular stamps.  Kids really enjoy using a potato as a stamp.  Its like they are given permission to play with their food!

*Since a knife is used adult supervision is necessary

Materials: Potato, cookie cutter, knife, paint/stamp ink
Step 1: Cut potato in half
Step 2: Have kids push cookie cutter into the potato
Step 3: Adults cut around potato about 1 inch down from the top (almost to the bottom of the cookie cutter
Step 4: Pull out cookie cutter (the shape should be sticking out from the potato), clean up sides with the knife
Step 5: Stamp potato into paint or ink and create!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Paper Plate Fish Craft Project for Kids

This paper plate fish craft is a fun project for kids.  It’s easy to make which makes it a great craft for elementary school and day care aged children.  There are so many ways you can decorate your fish.  Follow the simple directions below to create your own paper plate fish.

Materials: paper plate, scissors, glue, crayons or markers, optional glitter
Step 1: Turn paper plate face down cut triangle shape from one side (think pac man)
Step 2: Use the piece you cut for out for the mouth and glue it pointy side in for the tail.
Step 3: Decorate with crayons and/or markers, I had the kids use glitter for the scales
*Creative Tip: You could add streamers to the fish tail, glue on teeth on the mouth, add goggey eyes the possibilities are endless.  

Painting without Using Paint! Salt Paint Easy Craft Project for Kids

Getting bored of the usual painting craft?  Add a twist to regular the regular painting activity by using salt.
Why use traditional paints when you can use salt!  
Try this activity to create fun art work.
Salt Paint Recipe
Materials: Salt, food coloring
Step 1: Pour 1/4 cup salt into bowl (I used paper for easy clean up)
Step 2: Add 4 drops of food coloring to the sand and mix until all the sand is colored. Add more food coloring if needed. Repeat this step with each color you use.
 

Using your salt paint:

Materials: Paper, Glue, Paintbrush, Salt Paint, Paperplate

Step 1: Have your child draw a picture

Step 2: Pour some liquid glue onto a paperplate

Step 3: Using a paint brush paint glue on desired area of picture that your child would like to be colored.

Step 4: Shake salt paint over glue