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Have fun on the beach

Date Posted: 01 August 2015

 
 
We all love going to the seaside it is a real treat and definitely a must during the Summer holidays, there is so much you can do: play ball games, fly kites, paddle/swim in the sea, go beach combing, look for shells, go rock pooling, make sandcastles, bury dad(!) or simply relax and read a book.

If you want to do something different why not get creative and make your own beach art?

Grab your buckets, have a walk along the beach and see what 'treasure' you can find, a good place to look is along the tide line, this is where the last tide has washed up and deposited materials such as seaweed, driftwood, shells, egg cases and sadly lots and lots of litter.

There can are often plenty of interesting rocks and pebbles on the beach in different sizes, shapes and colours, these are very useful for creating sculptures.

Here are some ideas that you make/do with your beach treasure.

Write your name in the sand or make patterns

Create a pebble man or animal

Build a stone sculpture

 

If you have collected lots of shells, dried seaweed and driftwood why not make a Sea Creature, you could do this whilst you are on the beach or when you have got home.

Make a Sea Creature

What you need to do

Start off by making a body from damp sand or if you are at home you could use modelling clay, and firm your shells into place on the body, then add arms, legs, a mouth, eyes, hair, claws, tails and wings.

This is your Sea Creature be creative you can make it how you want, it can have 2, 4 or 6 legs, 2 or 3 heads or tails, you can give it wings or claws and as many eyes as you want, this is how me and Thomas made our Sea Creature:

What we did

  1. Firstly we got a storage box lid and covered it with a blue plastic bag to represent the sea; you could also use a tray or cover it with kitchen foil.
  2. We then got a piece of white modelling clay, made it into an egg shape and pressed it onto the lid.
  3. We covered the modelling clay with Mussel shells to make the body, and used broken Razor shells for the legs, the curly tail was a large Whelk shell.
  4. For the head we used a Cuttlefish bone for the lower jaw and the top was a Spider Crab shell, two eyes were made out of small Whelk shells which were stuck on with the modelling clay, I drew on two eyes with black marker pen.
  5. The crowning glory was the three Dogfish Egg cases that we placed along his back.
  6. To finish it off we sprinkled sand on the lid and placed some shells and Whelks egg cases around him to make him feel at home!

Don’t forget to take some photographs of your beach art before the tide comes in and the waves wash it all away.

If you are going to the beach it is a good idea to buy a guide to the seashore so that you can identify and learn all about what you find on your day out.

Have fun on the beach this summer, enjoy all that the seaside has to offer and help to preserve it for future generations by taking you litter home with you – the British Coastline is stunning and home to many amazing and unique plants, animals, fish, sea creatures and birds.

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