Yesterday was the first teacher workday of the year and we went to the beach. We did this last year, so I guess it's becoming a little tradition. My kids, like most I know, love the beach. I love this time of year because the crowds are gone and we pretty much have the beach to ourselves to run and play and make as much noise as we want.
We made spy glasses from recycled paper towels rolls.
I also brought along a couple of cardboard boxes so we could make a sailboat. It would have been easy to assemble...if it weren't for the gusty winds. While it didn't turn out looking like I had pictured, we had fun and lots of laughs trying to get it together. The kids played sailor and pirate for a long time.
We made a sailboat style bunting and mass before we left home, but that was completely impossible to put up with the winds. So, the kids draped it along the sides of the boat.
I needed some treat boxes for another project and had a few of these left over and decided to pack some individual snack boxes for the kids. They are Martha Stewart found at the craft store.
My kids think these goldfish flat breads by Pepperidge Farm are so fun. I made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches out of them.
I think I've found my favorite photo prop, BALLOONS! I blew one up for each kid and tied the string around their wrists. They had a blast playing with these, especially in the wind. I was able to get so many wonderful pictures of them playing. Such natural fun pictures, that I think I will do this again to get a picture for our Christmas cards.
We made sure to pop the balloons and take the string and pieces with us so no sea animals would get in trouble with them.
We drove straight to Starbucks to warm up with some hot cocoa. It was another great day at the beach!
The AfterSchool party is coming tomorrow. I hope you will come back for a visit!
Linking to: Living Life Intentionally, Fun For Kids Friday, The Sunday Showcase, It's Playtime!