Exploring the Beach

Sunshine and waves are one of our families’ favorite parts of summer. We spend a great deal of time at our local beach as I mentioned in THIS post. There are many opportunities and ideas to encourage and engage in creativity at the beach.

Materials

While we visit the sand and waves we like to gather materials to use in our creative projects. Half of the fun of gathering the items is thinking about what we will do them when we get them home. Here is a list of some of the things we look for on the beach:

  • Drift Wood
  • Shells
  • Rocks
  • Sea Glass

Designs

While we visit the beach we might look for creative design ideas to use in projects. There are plenty of designs to take ideas from. Shapes, colors, movement can all be copied and used.

  • Waves
  • Birds
  • Foot Prints
  • Sand Castes
  • Shells

Photographs

Another thing we do while looking for materials is try to find photographic opportunities. There are plenty of places and things to photograph while visiting the beach.

  • Waves
  • Rocks
  • Shells
  • Kids Playing
  • Beach Toys
  • Sand Castles
  • Birds
  • Foot Prints
  • Seaweed
  • Fish
  • Bugs

Besides looking for materials and ideas while we are at the beach we might also do some fun creative activities. These activities might include games, sand castles and taking photos. We also enjoy creatively looking at the things around us, as explained in the post Creativity Summer Style.

Times

Since we live so close to the beach we can visit it at different times of the day. Our usual time is in the afternoon, around 3pm. We swim, play, look and gather until it is time to go home for dinner. Some days we go to the beach after dinner and stay until sunset. Different times give different opportunities. Sunrise at the beach is peaceful and quiet, with fewer people. A lovely sunrise is great for photos and ideas of color combinations. Full sun during the day gives us lots of people, activity and plenty to look at creatively. Another quiet time at the beach is at sunset. The colors are different from sunrise. The beach looks different too, after all the business of the day.

What types of creative activities does your family enjoy at the beach? I’d love to hear what fun and creative things your kids find to do while visiting the beach in the comments below.  Don’t forget to sign-up for the Homeschooling With Tea’s mailing list.

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