Guess what the top family summer vacation destination is?
The beach, of course!
Countless families head to the beach each summer for their family vacation to enjoy the ocean, play in the sun, waves and sand. Given its popularity, I thought it would be fun to share some crafts for kids that are beach and ocean themed. They’re a great opportunity to get some crafting time in, as well as chat about your upcoming vacation or share favorite moments post-vacation!
Here are five ocean themed crafts that will provide entertainment, a bit of education, and transport you to the beach!
1. Macaroni Starfish: This craft is super simple! Cut a starfish shape from construction paper or cardstock. Then let your little one glue macaroni onto the surface of the star fish. Starfish are pretty easy to freehand draw, or you can search the web for a template. While you’re crafting your starfish, chat about the life of a starfish or read a book together afterward about starfish.
2. Ocean-scape: Use an empty jar or clear plastic bottle to create a souvenir from your beach vacation. Collect a few small seashells and some sand. Pour the sand into the jar or bottle. Then add the seashells, and some water. Put a line of glue under the lip of the lid before you screw it on to seal it. Let dry, and then you have a beautiful and contained ocean-scape full of memories from your trip!
Follow the easy instructions to craft a crab, seahorse, lobster and a jellyfish using pipe cleaners, googly eyes, tissue paper, and more to add character and bring your ocean creature to life!
4. Paper Bag Whale: Transform a plain old paper lunch sack into a whale! Paint the bag blue, or color it with markers or crayons. Stuff the bag 2/3 full with newspapers, and close it with a rubber band. The 1/3 section that is left on the end is the tail, the stuffed section is the body. Using a black marker or crayon, draw a mouth and eyes. You can also add a water spout to the top easily with construction paper.
5. Sock Octopus: Turn a lonely sock that lost its pair into a cute and snuggly octopus! Stuff the end of the sock with cotton batting till the sock is about 1/3 of the way full. Close off that section with a rubber band, and glue on googly eyes. You can also add a small mouth with a marker if the sock is not dark colored. Then cut the remaining 2/3 of the sock into eight strips for each of the eight tentacles of the octopus. Easy-peasy!
ALEX has lots of fun ocean themed toys for children of all ages including bath toys, baby toys, needlepoint, origami, mosaics and more!