The sun is out so let’s bring the beach to our house with these fun selection of beach-themed crafts for kids to make and do. From toddlers up you’ll find some fun ideas from sea shells to crabs and even sand sculptures. So if you can’t head to the beach this summer why not bring the beach to the kids with these fun kids crafts to do at home. So here you go our Beach-Themed Summer Crafts for Kids.

Shells, critters, sand and memories these beach themed crafts for kids are fun to dive into this summer to get creative on those long hot days.

Seashell Crafts for Kids to Make

Whether it’s made from the shells that you collect at the beach or inspired by the visit to the beach you are sure to find something to do this summer with these fun crafts.

beach and seashell crafts for toddlers and preschoolers

Make pretty pastel coloured seashells with our full tutorial on how to dye seashells using things you have at home. I was sent a picture of someone that had done them with green and covered them in glitter and they looked amazing. A must try activity for the summer months after any beach visit.

If you aren’t up for dying the seashells then why not give painting them a go – the kids will love doing this although I do recommend that you use bigger shells as then you have more area for the kids to paint. Find instructions and tips on doing this with even the youngest of children with Painting Seashells on Pink and Green Mama.

Combine two of the beach elements in this fun seashell craft from Mess for Less – not got any coloured sand to hand don’t worry we have instructions on how to make your own.

I can’t keep my kids out of the water and if you are lucky enough to live where there are tropical fish then use some of those beach finds and make these Tropical Seashells Fish from Crafts by Amanda.

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Beach Animal Themed Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

My most feared animal (seriously it’s true) is the crab and this 3D Paper Plate Crab from ABC Creative Learning would be fun to make although I may leave it to the kids.

Easy Beach themed crafts for kids of all ages to do

Even more of those crabs – well they are everywhere I guess – make some Cupcake Liner Crabs from I heart Crafty Things.

Kids love getting messy and painting with their bodies so these Starfish Foot Prints from Easy Peasy Fun will go down a hit this summer with the kids especially if you have found some after exploring the rock pools at the beach.

Jelly Fish are one of my favourite animals ~ well they are food for Sea Turtles after all! and these Suncatcher Jelly Fish from I heart Craft Things are very cute and colourful.

Beach Crafts to Keep to make with the kids

Beach Art for Kids to Make

Keep the memories of the beach visit alive – if the beach is pebbles then with the handful that you will no doubt come home with create a Vacation Memory Jar. But if the beach is sandy and you know ahead then follow these instructions on Crafting a Green World for creating a

But if the beach is sandy and you know ahead then follow these instructions on Crafting a Green World for creating a Sandy Handprint Beach Keep Sake with the kids.

With all of the shells why not create something lasting this Seashell Mosaic from Alpha Mom is the perfect keepsake for a special beach trip or just to decorate the garden with.

Summer Beach and Ocean Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Summer beach and ocean themed crafts for toddlers and preschoolers

Work together after visiting the beach and create a collaborative family ocean themed canvas.

This is on our give a go list this summer as I know my daughter would love to have this in her room a Mini Mason Jar Aquarium from A Little CLAIREification – how cool are they!

ocean small world play

Once of my favourite activities that I did with the children when they were very little, we made an ocean small world including a beach. It was all taste safe and the kids had so much fun playing with it.

Why not try some of these other fun Summer Activities with Your Kids at Home

Under the Sea and Beach themed sensory boxes for toddlers
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summer fun crafts for kids to make and do
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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