Firstly, we made port holes. It was so easy, but great fun. We just used a paper plate, coloured round the edge of the plate, then stuck ocean stickers in the middle, to create the picture and coloured in the sea blue.
After we made the port holes, we were wondering what to do with them, so I then made the children a boat out of a (very large) cardboard box. We stuck the port holes on the insides and put a pirate flag at the back. The children had great fun playing pirate games in it for days. At one point,we actually managed to fit 5 children in at the same time!
A little while ago, we collected shells from the beach. We got them out and first of all played around with them, to see what shapes and pictures we could make.
Next we made a beach scene, by putting sand in an old recycled plastic tub, used some foil for the sea, placed the shells around and then got the playmobil out to have a play on their new beach. It kept the children amused for ages!
Lastly, but not least, we then painted some shells. Some got painted in random colours, others had flowers or faces and a butterfly painted on them.
The children (and myself) had loads of fun with all these activities and the best part was, they were largely thought of by my children, they came up with most of the ideas themselves. I do love to let them get creative and use their imagination.
This also used up some of the activities on my summer holiday sanity list. I am progressing nicely with the list, but still lots more to do.