Whenever we visit my mom in Florida, the kids love picking up shells on the beach. The kids are also so sad when we come home, so these three ocean and seashell activities help us extend the vacation just a bit.
First step: accessorize with headband. Presley chose the shells- luckily she picked the thin shimmery ones because they’re lightweight, stick on really well and are beautiful! I did the hotglue-ing of course. Let everything dry and voila!
Sea in a Shoebox
This “sea in a shoebox” is my favorite (I have very vague but also very fond memories of doing dioramas as kid!). Presley drew a picture of our family at the beach, we taped a plastic barrier we cut out of a shoebox to the front. For the ocean, we added some food-colored water to a plastic baggy. Sea creatures are optional! 😉 Make sure to seal it really tight and place in the box. Fill the box with sand, and then you can add your seashells, and any other toys or accessories you have.
Seashell Sensory Bin
Finally, we have our seashell sensory bin – try saying that fast 3 times! Take a big bin and scoop in some sand, pour some water in and then of course dump in your seashells. The kids absolutely LOVED this. Tess was scooping up the seashells with her shovel and laughing the whole time. Normally, I don’t like sensory activities because they’re a little bit messy, but I think the more sandy she got, the more fun she had. At one point, Presley even put her feet in.