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Beach in a Bag...

We had the best day today!
I've been asked to provide a reward each month for our elementary school's Clean Classroom Award. This was my first award day, and it was excellent. I asked my friends on Slowtrav for ideas and one of the members gave me the Beach in a Bag idea. A winner, for sure!

This month, Mrs. Hailes' Grade 2 classroom won the Clean Classroom Award. I made arrangements with her to arrive after recess with the makings for their Beach in a Bag.
I took large bowls of the following food snacks:
Organic granola - sand
Raisins - rocks on the beach
Round tortilla chips - beach blankets
Pretzel sticks - driftwood
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers - fish in the ocean
Cheerios - lifesavers
Mini-Christmas oranges - beach balls

Then, because you cannot go to the beach without a picnic, I took the following items for snacks:
Graham Teddies in small-person packages
teeny-tiny nickel-sized S'Mores from Ritz Crackers
Miniature wholewheat crackers from Ritz Crackers
2 Litres of fresh-pressed apple juice
2 Litres of 2% milk
I gave each child a huge paper napkin to use for a canvas to create their own private beach, and to provide a quick clean-up for them, after they'd eaten their beach!

What fun!
These kids jumped in with both feet, filling their little ziplock bags with everything they chose to use, then spreading out their huge paper napkins over their desktops and going to work to build their own personal beaches.

I walked up and down the aisles looking in amazement at their beaches...some had used the driftwood pretzel sticks to divide their napkin into a water area and a beach area. Then, they placed the fish in the water area, arranged some Graham Teddies relaxing on their Taco chip beach blankets on the granola sand, surrounded by the raisin rocks and orange beach balls. Wonderful imagination, wonderful kids!

As they ate their beaches, floated their goldfish in their apple juice and stuffed themselves with the granola, raisins and other goodies, I read a funny beach story to them. They must have had a great time, because they swarmed me with a lovely group hug after the story was finished!

Wish I'd taken a camera, because photos of the beaches they made would have been cool.
Still, the kids had a very cool experience, I had a superb group hug and everyone went away happy.
So, no photos?
No big deal!
What a stellar day.

"maggie and millie and molly and may
went down to the beach (to play one day)
and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles,and

millie befriended a stranded star
who's rays five languid fingers were;
and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.
for whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea.” e.e. cummings

Comments (6)

What fun! Great idea!! I am going to share with the teachers at my school. No pictures of the beach scenes?

Thanks girasole!
HA! Nope, the teacher forgot her camera, I forgot mine and the school camera was...??? We weren't sure where it was! Next time, though!

We had the best time, especially when the kids took their bag of beach makings back to their desks, spread out their HUGE paper napkins and created a variety of beaches on their desktops. I love their creativity...and they are only 7 years old!

I'm going to try to veg/fruit this up a little. That was my concern with the food served...all carbohydrates and extremely heavy on the flour. So, I'm going to create some veggies and fruit slices as a replacement for some of the gluten-heavy snacks.
For example, carrot sticks might serve as driftwood, do you think?



Thanks, Donna!
We had a fantastic day...I loved this Beach in a Bag idea. It was a ripping success, in my opinion.:-)

Carrots or celery would work. Or you could replace some of the crackers with fruits and veggies.


Brenda, I love this idea. I am going to share this with my colleagues. Thank you for something to enhance our "By the Sea" unit.

No photos? That's ok because sometimes parents may not like having their kids' pictures posted anywhere on the internet.

Wonderful idea!

Thanks, Eden!
We had the BEST day. I loved how much the kids knew about beaches, how they described a beach as "sort of like an island, only between the water and the land"...they had no concept of the beach actually being part of the land, but saw it as a separate entity!

I wish I'd have taken a few photos of their beaches on their desktops.
But, you are so right...no photos of the children at all. Isn't that a sadness? Today's world would make that an unsafe thing to do.
I'll change a few things around for next time...less flour-based foods and more fruit and veggies.

Yep, carrot sticks for driftwood, cherry tomatoes for beach balls...and the other thing I thought of is to take a few prepared fruit and veggie bowls and let the kids decide what they would use them for...mystery fruit!
Their imagination is so much better than mine!

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