Beach holiday keepsakes

Does your kid still relish the memories of your last beach holiday? If yes, lets make something that reminds her of those wonderful memories.

Kids love collecting sea shells at the beach. And there are a number of beautiful sea shell crafts you can make as a keepsake from the beach holiday.

Here is what we made with our sea shells collection…

Ocean treasure Jar

We filled a jar with colored rice, sea shells and all shiny little things (beads, unused jewelry etc.) that we could find lying around. My kid’s favorite pass time now is to shake the bottle to find treasure.

Refer to the link on how to make colored rice: Homemade colored rice

Adjustable Seashell and beads necklace

This one was pretty easy to make, no tools needed. A string, sea shells and some beads. String the beads and shells the way you like. Tie knots in between so the beads do not keep moving. Use a bigger bead to insert both the ends of the strings and tie a knot. This bead can be moved to adjust the length of the necklace.



DIY Magnetic Fishing Game

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish,  Blue Fish…

Do you want to build a simple fishing game for your kids.. Here’s how

Things you will need:

Foam sheet (or any light plastic that will float), Small bowl of water, Safety pins, A small magnet, String, Ice cream stick (or Pencil), Scissors.

Cut out Fish shapes from different colored foam sheets. Attach a pin to its nose. Make the fish float in a bowl of water (I added a drop of blue paint in our bowl).

To make the fishing pole, wind one end of string to the ice cream stick and to the other end attach the magnet. (I used a hairpin as a link to the thread and magnet as the magnet was too small.)

Now get ready for some fresh catch!






Abstract Galaxy painting for kids!

Can my little one paint an abstract galaxy? Why not…

Remember those childhood days when we used to blot ink on a paper and fold it to make different symmetric patterns? I tried this today with my kid with tempera paint.

To my surprise, she was so glued on to the activity that we stepped it up a notch to make this abstract Galaxy.

Things Needed:

  1. Paper/Chart
  2. Tempera paints (or any water based, washable kids safe paint)
  3. Dropper
  4. Crystal salt
  5. Glue


Dilute the paint a little bit on your palette so that its easy to handle with the dropper. We used blue, white and purple colors for the galaxy painting.

Let your kid drop blobs of paint all over the paper in random patterns, then fold it atleast twice so that paper is completely covered with colors.

Let it dry. Then apply drops of glue randomly over the painting and sprinkle the salt on the glue to represent the stars.

Here is how it turned out!




Homemade Colored Rice for Kids Sensory Play

A great way to engage your child in free play is to make your own colored rice at home. This is a good alternative to play-dough, kinetic sand or other store bought items. Involve your child in the preparation of colored rice to make it more exciting.

Materials Needed:

  1. Raw Rice (any kind that you have at home)
  2. Food Colors
  3. Plastic bags/Cups


Add food color in plastic cups. Mix little water if it is a powder rather than liquid food color. Make sure it is not very diluted so that the colors come out bright. Add some raw rice to each cup. Shake it well and allow the mixture to air dry for a couple of hours. The fun begins now! Let your kid be creative and come up with different ways to play with it.