Water Crafts

Have buckets of fun with these water crafts like "Beach in a Baggie", "Fish In The Water Pictures" & "Balloon Yo-Yo's" this summer! 

Recipe 4 Beach In A Baggie

Well, living in the mountains we don't get to go to the beach much:) So here is a fun activity to bring the beach to us!

What You Need:

  • Ziploc® bag for each child
  • sand
  • shaving cream
  • blue food coloring
  • seashells
  • small plastic crabs, fish, seagulls, or any other beach inhabitant


What You Do:

  1. Allow each child to pour enough sand (but not too much)to cover the bottom of the Ziploc® bag.
  2. Add seashells and beach inhabitants so that they can be seen from the outside of the bag.
  3. Squirt some shaving cream into the bag.
  4. Add a few drops of blue food coloring.
  5. Close the bag.
  6. Allow the children to rub their fingers over the outside of the bag to mix the food coloring and shaving cream to create foamy waves.
  7. The bag can then be reopened to add fish and other sea creatures into the "water," if desired. I would suggest sealing the bag with blue or clear packing tape so the children cannot get into the shaving cream.



Recipe 4 Fish In The Water Pictures



  • paper 
  • crayons
  • tempera paint
  • water
  • paintbrushes


To begin this project I read the book Rainbow Fish. While reading, I pointed out the beautiful colors of the illustrations. After the book we went to the art table and I told the kids to draw a crayon picture of a fish or something else that might live in the ocean. I stressed to them how they must mark heavily with the crayons as they drew.


When everyone had finished their drawing, I gave them a small cup of watered down blue tempera paint. You could also use watercolors but the color is more dramatic when using the tempera. Each child did a wash over their drawing. The blue made the water and it did not stick to the crayon markings. The result was a beautiful aquarium or underwater scene.


Thank you to Rita who sent this Recipe to us:)


Recipe 4 Balloon Yo-Yos


You will need to fill the balloon with water and air to make it about the size of a basketball.(Aprox. 3/4 cup water and then blow to make it the right size!) The air is very important as it acts as a cushion for the water. The ratio is 1/4 water to 3/4 air.


Tie the balloon off, then snip the rubber band and tie a loop in one end. Tie the other end snugly around the balloon stem. That's it! The kids can use markers to personalize these. They're a LOT of fun


**Always use caution with broken balloon pieces and children. Discard of broken latex balloons immediately.


by Merle:) merle@sodamail.com


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