Children love art, they love getting creative. They also love nature and exploring. A fantastic beach activity that we added to our summer bucket list combines these two childhood passions.
First, we decided that we would collect some lovely smooth beach pebbles. This is good for developing scientific vocabulary in young children in terms of the properties of materials. We wanted stones that were smooth not rough and round not jagged. Banana was all too happy to get down in the sand and inspect each pebble intrinsically for its suitability!
Once we had gathered half a bucketful of suitable pebbles we laid them out on the sand. Both girls enjoyed the sensory element of having a pile of smooth pebbles to explore, touch and play with so they happily played for ten minutes just simply holding the stones and hearing the satisfying clunk they make when dropped onto the rest of the pile.
Our next task was to find a clear, smooth, firm area of sand in which to create our art. Again, lots of opportunities to discuss how things look and feel here. Eventually Banana found the perfect spot and we moved out pebbles over, being careful not to spoil the area with footprints.
Banana decided that she wanted to use her pebbles to create a flower, so she set to work, with me helping her to shape the flower and Duckling being really ‘helpful’ too!
After much rearranging and perfecting we are proud to present our finished beach art…
To say Banana was proud is an understatement. She really wanted to take it with her and we had a long chat about natural materials and how they belong outside. In the end she agreed that it was best to leave the flower in tact for other beach goers to enjoy. 🙂
Do you enjoy making natural art with your children? I’d love to hear about it.
You can see the rest of our summer bucket list HERE