“Bring the Beach Inside! Staycation Ideas for Children”

It’s summer, it’s hot outside and all you and your children are dreaming about is the beach. If going to the beach is not in your plans then bring it inside your home with fun ideas, DIY activities and songs. 

Start by reading together  “A Day at the Beach”/ “Un Día en la Playa” and identify what you see at the beach: sand, water, sea shells and so on. After reading it go through our suggested activities below and have fun bringing the sun, sea and sand inside.

Reading Time

Our book about a day at the beach is a source of powerful words of things they can see, smell, taste, touch, feel and hear at the beach as the example below shows. 

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Reading the book will give children lots of words they can use right away. 

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Go shopping

After reading the book you can take them to the store and walk up and down the aisles of the art and craft store (practicing safe social distancing and wearing their mask) and start identifying things they would need at the beach. Shop for shells, rocks, suntan lotion, coconut water and colored sand. 

Arts & Crafts  

Fish stencil

Go Fishing 

Use the stencil above to cut out fish shapes in different colors.  Using foam will allow for the fish to float in the water. Glue some wiggly eyes and paper clips for the noses.  Find a short stick, add some string and tie a magnet at the end for the children to go fishing.

Get Outside!

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Set an inflatable pool in your backyard and let your children enjoy  a pretend day at the beach. Include beach toys, beach balls, a cooler with refreshing snacks like fruit kabobs and ice pops. Kick it up a notch with a cool beach chair and beach towel. 

Snack TimeSea Animals Shaped Toasts 

You may want to team up with your children to prepare a delicious snack.


Sandwich bread; A toaster; Sea animals cookie cutters; A plastic knife; Butter; Cinnamon and sugar or Tuna salad and olives! 


Toast the bread.  

Have children use the cookie cutters to make sea animals shapes.

Help them spread butter on the shapes and then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, or…

Spread tuna salad and use a black olive or olive slices for the eyes.

Quiet time 

For some quiet time after snack, cuddle with your little one. Read the book again.

Then encourage them to do the online activities in Spanish and in English for the picture book.

Arts & Crafts: Sea Calming Bottle

Help your child make a sea calming bottle. Fill a water bottle halfway with water. Ask your child to add some drops of blue food coloring. Then add vegetable oil or baby oil. Have your child drop seashells, plastic fish and some blue glitter inside the bottle. Secure the bottle’s cap tightly and have your child shake it and observe.

Sing Along 

Baby Shark

Baby shark, Doot-doo, doot-doo-doo-doo 

Baby shark, Doot-doo, doot-doo-doo-doo

Baby shark, Doot-doo, doot-doo-doo-doo Baby Shark!

Mommy Shark… Daddy shark… Grandma shark… Going swimming… See a shark… Swimming fast… Safe at last… Bye-bye shark…

Bebé Tiburón 

Bebé Tiburón, do-do-do-do-do 

Bebé Tiburón, do-do-do-do-do 

Bebé Tiburón, do-do-do-do-do, Bebé Tiburón 

Mamá Tiburón… Papá Tiburón… Abuela Tiburón… Abuelo Tiburón… Vamos nadando… Vemos los tiburones… Nademos lejos… Nademos rápido… Al fin a salvo… Adiós tiburones…