We just spent a week at the beach for our family vacation and had the best time! The kids love the ocean and would stay out on the beach all day. We even saw a school of sharks swimming by and they still wanted to be out there. They loved it so much we never got around to doing our Paper Plate Beach Craft there. It was the perfect activity for when we came home though.
Beach vacations are great for kids! The beach is a huge source of entertainment. You don’t have to find extra activities that cost a ton of money every day. I did take a few crafts in case we needed to get out of the sun or if the weather was stormy.
We ended up having beautiful weather though and only used a few of the supplies I brought. One of the crafts I prepared was a Paper Plate Beach Craft. It is super easy so it is great for kids of any age especially preschoolers.
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This craft is great if you do want to take it on your beach vacation. You only need a few simple supplies:
- Kwik Stix Paint – blue and gold or yellow (Crayons or markers would also work well.)
- Paper Plates
- Beach Themed Stickers
We are big fans of the Kwik Stix Paint! They go on like paint but dry super fast. They also wash off really easily. I used to do most of our paper plate crafts with crayons until I discovered these.
Before bringing out the stickers, let the kids paint or color the paper plate. I just told them to do the bottom in gold and the top in blue. That way they could decide if they wanted a bigger ocean or a bigger beach.
Once they are done coloring, let them add the stickers. We talked about what lives in the ocean and what we see on the beach. While we were at the beach, we visited an aquarium. So the kids really enjoyed talking about the different fish and marine life.
I found most of the stickers we used at Michael’s. Foam stickers are always great for paper plate crafts. I had a hard time finding stickers for what to put in the sand portion of this craft. The ones we used actually came from the scrapbooking section but they were 40% off. Score!
We had so much fun putting the stickers onto this craft. It is also wonderful for fine motor skills. Peeling and placing the stickers definitely works those little fingers.
This craft is definitely a keeper! My wheels are turning now on how to create more paper plate crafts this summer. When the kids are home for summer break, it is great to have simple crafts on hand. Beach Week was not an official theme for DIY Summer Camp, but we did have fun with a few beach themed crafts and activities!