We had a big family gathering in Devon over the bank holiday weekend, and the kids made the most of the chance to get creative with some lovely beach nature play.
Our first beach trip of the weekend consisted mainly of body surfing. However, as the tide had just started to go out there was lots of very wet sand, which the youngest cousins loved crafting with. It was so wet, you could drizzle it through your fingers to create some crazy-looking sculptures, like this one which became a fairytale castle.
Sunday saw us all heading to the beach again to enjoy the sunshine and let off steam. The kids always launch straight into a shell hunt as soon as they hit the sand, and it wasn’t long before some more beach craft started to take shape.
This little shell person was a great prompt to find shells in different shapes and sizes.
And of course, huge clumps of seaweed make perfect mermaid’s hair…
I’m not sure which family member created this last one. While it isn’t strictly a nature craft, I absolutely agree with the sentiment!
I do love how the seaside offers a completely different selection of natural materials to get creative with. I also like the transient nature of the whole activity; you create your little piece of art knowing full well that it won’t be there for long, so you make the most of the moment rather than focusing on the finished ‘thing’. Does beach craft have that effect on you too?
More nature crafts inspiration
Beach fun is just one of the nature projects in my book, ‘A Year of Nature Craft and Play’ (co-authored with Becky Goddard-Hill). There’s an activity for every week of the year and it includes fun crafts, gardening, games, art and science experiments – perfect for inspiring kids to get creative with nature and explore the amazing natural world.
Becky has also rounded up lots more lovely ideas for crafting with nature at the beach here.
What’s your favourite beach activity to get the whole family having fun?