Like many people chose to do this summer, we loaded up our family and took a beach vacation with our extended family. It’s a yearly tradition that we all enjoy and look forward to every year. Since we typically go to the beach each year for vacation, our kids have grown to love collecting sand. However, there’s only so many sand jars you can fill and only so many shells you can collect.
Before we left for vacation this year, I decided to go shopping at Hobby Lobby for some projects that we could do on the beach. I thought it would make a good afternoon or evening project when naps are being taken by the babies and the kids would rather not be inside. We made the DIY Sand Jars and then I started to think about how my kids loved the Find it! games. I decided we’d make our own version of it using jars.
This project actually took up two afternoons. You could easily do it in one, but I wanted to drag it out. The first day, I took all 4 kids walking down the beach. I told them to find something black, white, hard, green, etc. Then I told them to choose some things that looked neat.We brought buckets with us so that they could fill it up with as many things as they wanted. They chose sticks, rocks, sand, sand fleas (those did not make it into our jars), grass, and of course shells.
The next afternoon, they chose what they wanted to put in the jar. We cleaned the items, like the shells, and then we let them dry. That evening, we threw it all in the jars and I filled the jars up with plain white rice. We screwed on the lid and let them decorate the top with glitter pens.
This turned out to be a fun activity for them to look at on the way home. It occupied them for about 30 minutes.
I’d love to hear some activities that you do at the beach.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Mason Jar (one for each child and however big you want it to be)
- white rice (I used a 3-pound bag for 4 kids)
- glitter pens (to decorate the top
- interesting items found on the beach