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Summer beach crafts your kids will dig

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Seaside fun

Give just another day at the beach an infusion of fun with these seaside activities for kids that go beyond surf and sand. From making a sundial to playing a seashell memory game at the shore, check off these summer beach crafts your kids will dig.

Beach memory jar

Photos are a fun way to document your family's adventures, but assembling a seaside memory jar also gives you something to do with all those trinkets your kids bring back from the shore. For this easy summer activity for kids, plan ahead by painting the outside of a Mason jar light blue with glass tint and allowing enough time to dry. Once you get to the beach, have your kids fill it with sand, seashells, sea glass or whatever they find and pop in a photo of your fun day when you return home for a keepsake that's worthy of display.

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Seashore sundial

Time flies when you're at the beach with your family, so while your kids are focusing on fun, it's okay to sneak in a little science lesson, too, by creating your own sundial. Using small markers like seashells, a stick and a patch of sand that won't be washed away by the tide, discover how to create an old-fashioned timekeeper with these instructions from Education.com.

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Permanent sandcastle

Building sandcastles at the beach is a part of practically every family trip to the shore, but now you can bring your kids' creations home when you turn them into structures that will last long after you've returned home. Simply mix 10 parts sand, 3 parts water and 1 part white school glue in a sand pail or old can, fill your sandcastle bucket and unmold onto the sand. In less than an hour, the crafty castle should be dry enough to place into a cardboard box so your kids can take this beach activity home with you as a souvenir from your day at the beach!

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Sandy plaster cast

Whether your trip to the beach is an annual family affair or the seaside is like a second home to your brood, creating keepsakes while your kids romp around in the sand is fun and easy to do. Using the sand, Plaster of Paris and your youngster's hands or feet, discover this simple summer beach craft by crafts-for-all-seasons.com for mementos you can create year after year.

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Seashell memory game

Chances are you won't have to ask your kids twice to collect seashells along the water's edge, but now you can turn all those shells into a memory game activity for kids that will get them to take a break from the sun, too. With as many uniform shells as you can find and a few small objects brought from home, check out this shell memory game beach activity from kidsactivitiesblog.com.

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