Not only is the California coastline absolutely gorgeous, it also provides a wonderful learning opportunity~ tide pools! Observing various forms of sea life in the tide pools with your children is such a great way to build on their natural curiosity and wonder about the world around them.
Lucy and Theo are always excited to find little crabs, sea stars, and anemones around our rocky tide pools nearby. And we love seeing if we can spot any sea life we’ve previously read about in our tide pool library books! (I’ve included a carousel showcasing our favorite tide pool books for children at the bottom of the post.) We have been having so much fun with tide pools that we decided to create some beautiful tide pool artwork!
As a part of the Sunshine Kids California Blog Hop, we decided to share our artwork inspired by all the gorgeous tide pools in California! What I absolutely LOVE about this project is it really is appropriate for any age. The directions are simple enough for a two-year old and yet still so much fun for even an adult!
- watercolor paper
- oil pastels or crayons
- watercolors and paintbrush
- liquid glue
- scissors (optional)
1. Use a blue crayon or oil pastel to draw the shape of your tide pool on the watercolor paper. You can leave the paper rectangular or cut it to be more rounded like we did.
2. Use oil pastels or crayons to draw sea life inside your tide pool. (Lucy and I had previously read lots of books about sea life and tide pools so we had lots of ideas for what to put in ours!)
3. Use blue watercolor to paint inside your tide pool. You can paint right over the oil pastel or crayon drawings. (The oil pastels usually show up more vibrantly after painting, but most crayons work too.)
4. Now paint the area representing the sand outside the tide pool using brown watercolor.
5. Once your painting is dry, it’s time to glue on the sand. Place some liquid glue on a paper plate or inside a little bowl or cup so it’s easily accessible to your child. Use a paintbrush to paint glue over the brown paint.
6. Sprinkle sand on top of the glue.
7. Shake off the excess sand and let it dry!
What’s your favorite place outdoors to observe with your child?
The Sunshine Kids California Blog Hop celebrates all that is wonderful about raising kids in the Golden State!
Be sure to link up your kid-centered posts about California: places to visit, books to read, crafts to create, recipes to try, and so on.
The blog hop will run from August 19th- September 2nd. (A big thanks to Akane of Juggling With Kids for the beautiful photo!)
Be on the lookout for our next California blog hop coming in September, Exploring the California Missions!
Link up your kid-centered California posts below!