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Arts & Crafts: Beach & Ocean

Also See: Summer, Ocean Life

Make a beach scene added 6-24-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Baby food jar w/ lid, sand, pebbles, and shells

Directions: A fun way to make a beach scene is to fill a baby food jar with sand. Arrange pebbles, shells, and put a lid on it. The lid can be sprayed gold. Pasta shells can be used to represent real shells.

Beach art activity added 6-24-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Plaster of Paris, sand, shells, Styrofoam bowl, and a drink umbrella

Directions: Take plaster of Paris and add sand and put it into a Styrofoam bowl. Then had the children put shells on the top before it set and add a paper umbrella (the kind in drinks). It looks just like the beach on some exotic island.

Sea shell Candles added 8-8-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Half-pint size milk cartons (rinsed out and dried), Paraffin wax melted over a double boiler at low temp. (One pound will fill approx. 4-1/2 pint size cartons), Grease or no- stick cooking spray, Small sea shell, Ice cubes, Small birthday candles

Directions: Open the to of the milk cartons to form rectangular boxes. Grease or spray inside of cartons. Fill the cartons with the following five layers: shells, ice, shells, ice, and shells. Place a birthday candle in the center of the carton with wick exposed (shells and ice will hold it in place) Slowly pour melted paraffin wax into each carton until the wax is approx. 1/8 inch from the exposed wick. Allow to cool completely, even overnight. Tear away carton. (NOTE there will be water spillage due to trapped water in the carton, so complete this step over a sink or outside) Display the candles.

Ocean Pictures added 11-9-98 Original Author Unknown
Submitted by: jiannyiliu@

Need: Gold fish crackers, gummy sharks, tissue papers, blue construction paper, Glue, water

Directions: First, ask the students draw as many sea animals they can think on a construction paper. Second, cut tissue paper in stripes as seaweed and use glue water to glue them on the paper. Third, use gold fish crackers, gummy sharks to decorate the picture.

Beach Scene added 3-28-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Baby food Jars, sand, pebbles, shells, twigs, gold paint

Directions: A fun way to make a beach scene is to fill a baby food jar with sand. Arrange pebbles, shells, and twigs on top and put a lid on it. The lid can be sprayed gold. Pasta shells can be used to represent real shells.

Ocean Hear and Draw added 3-28-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Ocean sound tape, crayons, and paper

Directions: Play a recording of a nature (ocean tape). How does it make you feel? What sounds do you hear? Give the children crayons to color with as they listen.

Sand Castles added 3-31-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Sand Dough, 1 cup cornstarch, 2 cups fine sand, 1 1/2 cups cold water

Directions: Mix in an old pan. Stir 5 - 10 minutes over medium heat until thick. Cool, then store in a plastic bag or container until ready to use. This should yield enough for 4 -6 children. Make Sand Castles the children can take home with Sand 
Dough. Give each child a small amount of the sand dough on a paper plate and an assortment of small shells, stones, beads, straws, anything to decorate their castle. These will dry hard is left to set for a few days.

Sand Shakes added 3-31-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, glue, sand

Directions: You can use this art project to reinforce lessons in writing letters or numbers. Help each child drip glue on paper to make letters, numbers, or a design; sprinkle sand over paper and shake off excess.

Shell Monsters added 3-31-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Shells, glue, tempera paint, paint brushes, newspaper

Directions: Spread the newspaper out on a table. Glue shells together to form monsters or other creatures. Let glue dry then paint creatures.

Sand art added 5-24-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, paint, glue, sand

Directions: Cut a fish shape out of construction paper (different shades of green) and the children painted designs on them with white glue. They then poured colored sand on the glue where they wanted a specific color, one color at a time, so I could reuse the excess. I hung them all on the bulletin board (all 57) and it looked like a "school" of fish. I put the sand in paper cups a little at a time to avoid waste and it was easier for the children to handle.

Underwater Scene added 5-27-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper plate, paper, blue wrap

Directions: Have children decorate a paper plate with underwater scene--cut-out paper fish, painted fish on plate, whatever they like. Cover the plate with the blue wrap (like Saran Wrap).

Leis added 5-27-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, drinking straws, and yarn

Directions: Make flower leis by cutting flowers from construction paper in red, orange, yellow and green. Poke a hole in the middle of the flowers. Cut the straws into couple inch pieces. Now string them on yarn. Alternate a flower then a piece of a straw.

Surfboard added 5-27-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, crayons or markers, scissors

Directions: Cut surfboard shapes out of cardboard and decorated them with markers.

Hula Skirt added 6-19-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Green tissue paper, yarn, stapler

Directions: For a hula skirt, layer 3-4 sheets of green tissue paper and cut it into strips up to about 1.5 in. from the top. Fold that "margin" over a piece of yarn and staple it all around the skirt.  The skirt is then tied around the child's waist.

Seashell Necklace added 6-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper, shell clip art, crayons/markers, hole punch, yarn, oak tag

Directions: Reproduce 5 different types of seashells on paper.  They could be a
starfish, scallop, sand dollar, etc...  Make them about 2 1/2 inches wide.  Color them and cut them out.  Glue them to oak tag.  Take a hole punch and at the top of the shell,  punch 2 holes about 1" apart. Take some yarn and string through one hole and then through the other. Push the shells close together on the yarn and tie in the back.

Sand Bottles added 6-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Soda bottles, funnel, sand, water, blue food coloring, shell pieces, wood, plastic jewels, hot glue (adult only)

Directions: Save some soda bottles and the lids.  Using a funnel, fill bottle about 1/3 full of sand.  Add water and a few drops of blue food coloring.  Add your broken
shells, pieces of wood and maybe even some plastic jewelry treasure.  Hot glue the lid on the bottle and let the kids shake them up and let them settle. 

Paper Weight added 6-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Jar lid, Glue, sand, shells

Directions: You will need deep lids like off of jars and glue. Put a layer of sand on inside bottom of lid.  Arrange shells and such on top of sand.  Pour glue on top of
everything.  Let dry. Glue will turn clear when dry.  When it is finished you will have a lovely paperweight.

Beach Scene added 5-6-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Rock salt, alcohol, food coloring

Directions: Color rock salt by soaking in alcohol and food coloring. I made blue, green,
and brown. Children make a collage using blue or green for the ocean, brown
for the sand and some uncolored rock salt for shells.  My class loved doing
this because the rock salt looks like gemstones.

Sand Art added 6-26-01 Submitted by: Tawnya Bourne

Need: Paint, sand, paper

Directions: Mix sand and paint together.  Pour mixture onto a piece of paper.  Have the children spread the sand around with their hands.  Glue on a crab or other beach creature to make it look like a real beach.

Permanent Sand Castle added 4-7-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: sand, water, paper plate, flour, sugar, stove, pot, spoon

Directions: Combine 6 cups of sand w/ 1 cup of wheat paste (recipe below). Add water until the mixture feels slightly sticky and packs firmly into shapes. Put the shape onto a paper plate and allow to dry over-night. 

Wheat paste recipe 
Combine 1/3 cup of flour and 2 tbsp. sugar in a saucepan. Slowly pour 1 cup of water and mix well. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Makes 1 cup as needed above.

Seashell Wind Chime added 6-22-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Yarn, cardboard tube, a dowel, or a piece of driftwood, shells, glue

Directions: Tie several pieces of brightly colored yarn around a cardboard tube, a
dowel, or a piece of driftwood, leaving one inch of space between each string. Tie three or four seashells on each string, positioning them so they will hit each other when they are blown in the wind. Glue the shells in place. Attach a string hanger to the tube and hang it outside where it will blow in the wind.


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