We've created a tradition of going to the beach for the first teacher workday and that happened this past week! The past couple of years (here and here) have been chilly, but this year it was sunny and mid 70's, beach heaven! Before piling into the car though, we dropped some pumpkin spice coffee off in the teachers' lounge to let them know we appreciate them.
I brought some ingredients along so we could make some homemade moon sand. It was simple to make at the beach and made great sand castles!
measuring cup (since this is mixed using proportions, you can really use anything and don't need to bring a measuring cup)
Mix 3 parts sand with 1 part corn starch, add food coloring to desired color, then slowly add water mixing as you go. Since the beach sand is already wet, you'll use less than usual...which is 1 part water. This made sand that was perfect for molding sand castles and other creations.
and hunting for sharks teeth, beach glass, and seashells.
I love this little tradition we've started. It's an easy to prepare for, not like a full beach vacation. I pack some snacks and drinks, a beach blanket, a couple of towels, and our beach toys...that's it. It's a little too cool to swim, so I don't have to deal with wet swim suits and multiple changes of clothes.