A friend of mine created a playgroup on meetup.com called Play2Learn. The playdates in this group focus on play based learning. I hosted a playdate for the group called
The Winter Beach Bash
in which the focus was to incorporate "beachy" and summery elements into the party...the irony and fun of it of course being that we are in the middle of winter. Some of the kids even changed into their beach attire at the party which just added to the fun!
I didn't go over the top with this party. It wasn't in my budget nor was it necessary. I went with a few key elements and made those things the focus of the party and the kids and parents had a great time!
Ocean Sensory Table
I used the aquarium gravel, fake plants and coral, shells, and ocean animal toys to create this ocean sensory water table.
Beach Sensory Bin
I used Cloud Dough as the "sand" in this beach sensory bin, as well as shells, starfish, driftwood, and a plastic crab. I opted for cloud dough instead of sand because I couldn't find sand bags this time of year but it's just so darn fun to play with anyway! It's super soft and moldable, so the kids were able to make little sand castles too.
See another beautiful beach sensory bin using cloud dough and glitter!
We taped a plastic dropcloth to the floor for easier cleanup.
small plastic containers and little shovels and spoons were in a basket next to the bin
Sea Shell Painting
A basket of white shells, watercolors and paintbrushes to share.
The kids really loved this and some really beautiful shells were made!
Sea Shell Exploration
just a big basket of lots of different kinds of shells to be explored
Everyone brought their OWN lunch and drinks and one extra thing to share with the group.
The decor was kept pretty simple.
-brightly colored cheap table cloths
-little party palm trees and cardboard beach balls
-hawaiian lays for all the kids
-limbo stick (which sadly we didn't get to)
and I also asked members to bring any beach balls, or pool toys.
The boys really liked kicking the beach balls.
And there you have it...a SIMPLE WINTER BEACH PARTY.
I absolutely LOVE hosting just because theme parties!
Even though it was simple and I didn't spend hundreds of dollars, the kids had a blast
AND THAT OF COURSE IS ALL THAT MATTERS
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