I don’t know about you, but we are EXCITED about summer around here! Even though we haven’t made it to the beautiful Erie Presque Isle beach just yet, we have taken a walk along the shore by our house and collected some sea glass. I had some sand stashed away from our popped punching bag, so when my 3 year old Chipmunk asked if we could do a sand project, I knew just what to do! We got out our beach stamps and away we went! Want to follow along? Check out the rest of our Ocean Animals Unit Study as well.
What You Need:
- Containers to split up sand among kids (optional)
- Ocean stamps (optional) or Ocean Stickers
- Paint brushes
- Blue construction paper
What You Do:
To begin, we did some stamping with our ocean creature stamps. You can grab your own set at Oriental Trading or you can use ocean stickers instead. You can even have the kids draw ocean creatures if they’d like. My crew is a little too young to draw animals, so we stuck with the stamps. 🙂
Stamp! Stamping! Stamp!
After we had a few animals in place, we got started with the sand!
To begin, I had the girls spread some liquid glue across the bottom of the paper. That would be the shore line and the rest would be the ocean.
After the glue was in place, the kids took a bit of sand and sprinkled it across the bottom, patting it down as they went along.
Sprinkle. Pat. Sprinkle. Pat.
Of course, after awhile, they forgot about the glue part and just starting dumping sand all over their paper. It was fun while it lasted and when they got up to play in the yard, I just dumped the sand back in the container, revealing this work of art:
I wish I would’ve taken a picture of the page when it was covered in sand, but I’m sure you can use your imagination a bit!
Check out some of the resources below for even more Ocean fun!
Books to Read Along with this Craft:
- I’m the Biggest Thing the Ocean
- Octopus Opposites
- Going to the Beach
Other Ocean Themed Resources:
- Free Preschool Ocean Pack from Homeschool Creations
- Ocean Animals Cards only 10 Cents (limited time)
- Ocean Themed Activities for the Very Young
- Story Time in the Park: Ocean Theme
Thanks for stopping in and happy crafting!!
About the Author
Lindsey Whitney is a blogger over at Growing Kids Ministry. A blog designed to help parents, teachers, and Children’s Ministry workers who want to help the kids they love grow in their faith. You can connect with her via twitter or on facebook.