- Don't swim right after you've eaten (wait that half hour, it's worth it not to get cramps and be unable to swim while actually in the water.)
- Keep covered by a floppy hat or scarf for your head, and sunscreen for your face and body.
- Don't swim without a lifeguard or parent close by.
- Bring you bucket and shovel and be prepared to have lots of fun!
Then when you get home, have your first-grader work on an art project depicting his or her day in the sun. Sand or Manilla paper works best for this project.
- colored pencils
- paper beach art printouts / magazines with beach scenes in them
- Large sheet of paper – a natural or sand color will make the project easier
So what to do now?
Have your little one decorate a sheet of paper to look like sand (might not be necessary if sand-colored paper is used). If you wish, attach two sheets of paper together for a larger scene. Then take those printouts or magazine cutouts and let your child glue them as they see fit. Odds are you will find it's a nice scene as opposed to something from Picasso...
These can also be used to make a beach mobile and hey – when your house gets too cluttered with artwork like this, have them give the artwork to Grandma as a present. She'll love it – I guarantee it.