I grew up about 30 minutes from the beach. I was always there as a kid playing in the sand, as a teenager laying out with my friends, and as a twenty-something shopping & laying out. I love the beach – I mean, who doesn’t?! The one thing I don’t love about the beach is the sand you find everywhere afterwards. It isn’t until you get home and take a full, deep, cleansing shower that you will completely rid yourself of all things sand.
Well, with this activity, you can bring the sand home, but it stays in a pretty little jar. No shower is needed ;)
So, let’s make a "beach in jar"!
What, you might ask, is a "beach in a jar"? Well, with some jars, sand, shells, and sea glass, we’ll put it together to make our very own "beach in a jar". This is a fun activity for the kiddos to learn about the beach & and enjoy a sensory experience playing with the sand & shells – yippee!
This is also something you can make with the kiddos as a memento from your favorite beach or a family vacation spot :)
Supplies you will need:
jars (I repurposed baby food jars – little T went through them like a starving cheetah!)
sand (I acquired mine from the actual beach – HA! – really, I’m NOT joking, I filled up a grocery bag full of sand & brought it back home with me! But, if you are not crazy like me, they do sell sand at craft stores or Amazon too.)
sea glass (you can buy it by the bag at craft stores or Amazon )
sea shells (you can also get this in a bag at craft stores or Amazon )
washi tape (for the label) – check out my washi tape board for other cool ideas for using washi tape!)
white address labels (for the words on the washi tape)
circle labels (for the kids names on the top – I used these 1 1/4” round labels in “gravel” from Paper Source)
hemp cord (for jar decoration)
Now, by no means do you have to do all of these things…but my over-achiever-ness, detail oriented mind can’t stop :)
Tools you will need:
hot glue gun & glue (to seal the lid of the jar shut when you are done, because they will want to bring it EVERYWHERE, and you don’t want that sand EVERYWHERE, do you?)
cup (for sea glass & shells)
bowl (for sand)
spoon (to scoop sand)
white high gloss spray paint (to spray the lids of the jars the night before)
dust buster (to vacuum up sand – okay, now I’m micro managing – okay, I’ll stop now ;)
Happy beachin’ sand-free! :)
I love this idea! I want to make something like this for my mom but I want to do half sand and half “water” a friend told me to use blue gel to fake the water look but I’m looking for other options, do you have any ideas by any chance!?
Melissa Klinker says
hmmmm not sure – maybe you could seal the sand somehow with a sealant. But I came across this tutorial using vegetable oil, maybe that’s helpful :) http://www.education.com/activity/article/Ocean_In_a_Bottle/ Good luck! xx M
Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas says
such a cute way to bring some of the beach home – which kids always seem to want to do!!!!!
Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase. Hope to see you this week.
Thanks! Thanks for stopping by & taking the time to leave your kind words too :) I’ll definitely be back this week!
xx ♥ m
Love it! Such a great idea for the kiddos and they are so pretty too! :) I grew up close to the beach as well but now we are far, far away. So this is a great way to introduce it to my girl! I’m so glad I found you and all your fun projects!
Thanks Britni! Love that I have made a connection with you in the bloggy world too :) :) :)
xx ♥ m
Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says
Such a cute way to remember every beach you visit! Now I wish I had started this a few years ago…
Thanks Jocelyn! :) Thanks for stopping by – love your blog & all it’s yummi-ness! :)
xx ♥ m