To kick off my little girl mini craft parties for July, we created ocean and beach scenes with watercolors, sand, and embellishments.
This craft was especially fun to create in my beach themed craft room. This room is my calm, happy place, and the little girls just love it, although I have heard there needs to be more pink. 😉 We have set three simple rules to keep chaos at bay when we craft:
- Keep the mess at the table.
- Share the supplies.
- Clean up after yourself.
For this craft I gathered together:
- sturdy paper plates (dinner size) with no pattern
- watercolor paint
- assorted paint brushes
- clear plastic cups for water (I reuse these)
- craft sand (I had pink, blue, white and a little bit of beige sand on hand)
- miniature seashells and pebbles (I also had a package of colored starfish)
- Elmer’s clear glue
- scratch sheets of paper for testing colors or doodling
Those were the basics. I also pulled out of my craft cupboard:
- ocean themed stickers (I had mermaids, seashells, and sea creatures)
- ocean themed paper punches (I had a seashell, fish, seahorse, dolphin and shark)
- colored paper for the punches or anything else
- glue sticks
- Another option is to find a free printable ocean creature coloring page online and reduce the size to scale if necessary.
The only instructions I gave the girls was to paint the ocean first, and let it dry, before applying the sand. We found the easiest way to glue on the sand was to sponge brush the glue over the entire area and then gently shake the sand over the glue.
For the past couple of weeks we’ve been trying to come up with a fun name for our craft club. We haven’t came up with any winners yet though. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them.
For the snack I planned ahead and had my son make up berry blue jello in clear cups. Once it set (after approx. three hours) the girls added crushed graham crackers to represent sand, whipped topping (sea foam?), and Swedish fish. I didn’t think to do this, but Nerds can be added to the bottom before the jello to represent pebbles. I did find some neon sour octopus candy and added one at the bottom of some of the jello cups before setting. It was kind of creepy, haha, but the girls told me it was yummy.
♥ Are you and your kids crafting this summer? I hope you’re staying cool! Temps here this week (northern Utah) are in the 90’s. Perfect timing for my AC to go out in my car, right? The mechanics have yet to find the leak so I’ve got to take it back in one week for a recheck. I’ve also come down with a fun head cold. Ah, the fun surprises of life. Thanks for visiting. Happy July! ♥