Last week we have the opportunity to spend time in Maine with a dear friend of ours. We spend a lot of time at the shore but never seem to find sea glass, well we had no problem finding it in Maine during our trip. Each time we would head to the beach the kids would spend hours combing the beach for the perfect sea glass. We have bags of it and some of it is pretty rare (from what I heard).
Teaching children to collect and appreciate sea glass provides lessons in art, history, math, science and physics. One thing that I loved about this activity is that you are outdoors enjoying nature. The perfect time is just after a storm and the tide is going out. I couldn’t believe how easy it was for the kids to find the sea glass, I guess it’s because they have the advantage of being closer to the ground. When teaching your child how to look for sea glass by looking for unique shapes or color. Keep focused on the tide lines and near jetties or other outcroppings on the water’s edge where debris settles. You also have a better chance after full or new moon because the tides change dramatically.
If you are able to spend time near water throughout the year it’s a great hobby that can transform into a tradition for kids and their parents or grandparents. You can pool your sea glass together and then make some amazing keepsakes and gifts for family members and friends. Here are some of my favorite things to make with sea glass that kids can do too.
Sea Glass Garden Stepping Stones
Sea Glass Wall Art
Sea Glass Ornament
Sea Glass Monogram Art
Have you found sea glass on your travels? If so, what are some of your favorite ways to display or use it? So, have fun while outdoors and create beautiful memories with your children.