Let’s Hit The Beach…

11. Play the ever-popular game of Duck, Duck, Goose with a slight twist. Children sit in a circle as usual. Instead of “it” walking around saying, “Duck … Duck … Goose,” he or she carries a pitcher of water and says, “Dry…Dry… Dry… (Can you feel the tension building?) Dry… WET! “It” dumps the water on a child’s head and races back to the respective seat.

12. Styrofoam Boat Projects. Here’s a fun and easy water-related craft. Ask kids to start collecting empty water bottles so there are enough that each participant has two bottles, identical in size. Give each child a Styrofoam meat tray and the bottles. (Be sure to rinse meat trays in a solution of soapy water with bleach to remove any traces of bacteria.) Using a pen, poke two holes on each side of the meat tray, about 2 inches from the edge. Pass out permanent markers and ask kids to decorate their meat trays and water bottles. Colored electrical tape can also be used to decorate the two components to their floating vessel. After everything is colorful, use a piece of yarn to loop through one hole in the meat tray and attach to the water bottle. Repeat with all four holes so the bottles are acting as pontoons for the meat tray. Let kids float their boat in a pool. They’ll also enjoy adding plastic figurines or even small stones on the meat tray to see how much “cargo” the boat can hold.

Silvana Clark has over 20 years experience helping thousands of children create arts and crafts projects and presents keynotes and workshops on a variety of recreation-related subjects. She can be reached at her Nashville, Tenn. office (615-662-7432) or via e-mail at silvanac@msn.comTo comment on this article, log on to www.camp-business.com

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