Now that the summer is winding down, I find that it is an excellent time to bring the kids out to the beach for a truly relaxing weekend. The crowds are abating, the breeze is starting to pick up, but the water is still perfect to splash around in. Here are some fun activities that keep my children entertained (for a few minutes at least) and I hope they work for yours too!
Build a Sand Volcano
All you have to do to form the volcano is take a beach bucket and pack sand up and around it. Continue adding sand until the bucket is fully covered and the desired shape is formed. The bucket makes the perfect core, and you most likely always have one on hand when playing in the sand or visiting the beach. I have found that using a taller, skinnier bucket produces the perfect volcano shape. I fill the bucket acting as the core 3/4 of the way with sand so that it takes less baking soda and vinegar to make it fully erupt. Add up to a cup of baking soda to the volcano, pour in the desired amount of vinegar, and then BOOM!!! Just kidding, it bubbles over really nicely though. Also, the vinegar comes in handy in case there is a jellyfish sting..
Ocean in a Bottle
Is everybody sad that they can’t bring the beach home with them? Why don’t you keep the magic alive with an Ocean in a Bottle? It gives the 2 liter plastic bottle a reason to exist and it is a really easy craft. I am not a crafty person so this works out great for me and the rest of my family too. Here’s a list of materials:
- Empty two liter plastic bottle with lid
- Clear vegetable oil or mineral oil
- Blue food coloring
- Shells and other treasures that have been found at the beach that will fit
- One tsp glitter
- White craft glue
- Hot glue
Here’s what you do:
1. Wash and dry two-liter bottle and remove all labels.
2. Fill bottle halfway with tap water.
3. Add a few drops of blue food coloring and swirl around to mix.
4. Add glitter.
5. Add sea treasures.
6. Fill bottle the rest of the way with vegetable oil using a funnel.
7. Be sure that rim and cap are dry, then apply white craft glue around the rim. Seal cap.
8. Use a layer of hot glue around the outer edge of the cap for added protection from leakage.
9. Turn bottle on its side and gently rock the bottle to create a “wave” inside your ocean habitat!
I have not actually tried this but it looks hilarious. I was killing some time on Pinterest and I came across what appeared to be several children foaming at the mouth. Concerned that people had been pinning children with rabies to the walls full of summer time activities, I decided to investigate. Apparently the children were actually making something known as Bubble Snakes and it looks fun, inexpensive, and easy…right up my alley…