I’m originally from the coast and I miss the beach so much. In fact, I think it actually intensifies as I get older.
So when summer time approaches, my mind lightly turns to thoughts of warm sand, salt air, and waves.
Unfortunately, we live several hours inland now, so a trip to the beach is not always feasible.
But we can always head to the shore with a beach shoebox diorama activity!
This was such a fun summer activity and it only took a few minutes. Plus, it was a great tie-in for a beautiful beachy read-aloud!
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Beach Shoebox Diorama Activity
To make this beach shoebox diorama, you’ll need the following: (This post contains affiliate links. For details, see our Disclosure Policy.)
- Empty shoebox
- Printer (with ink)
- Printer paper
- Glue stick
- Cotton balls
- Play sand (If you want to make your own, try our DIY play sand recipe!)
- A copy of our Day at the Beach Diorama Pack (See below)
We decided to read the book Hello Ocean by Pam Munoz Ryan to introduce our beach theme.
I love this book. It’s very simple for young readers and the pictures are absolutely beautiful.
The poetry does an excellent job of capturing the feel of a day at the beach, right down to the taste of the salt water.
After we read the book, we decided to put together a shoebox diorama featuring a beach scene.
This was another of our super simple activities.
We only needed a shoebox, some crayons, scissors, glue, and our printable Day at the Beach Diorama Pack!
The kids colored the bottom and sides of the shoebox using the colors mentioned in the story: grey, blue, and green.
We cut out the background scenes…
and pasted them to the bottom of the shoebox.
Our background is all done, so it’s time to add a few props!
We cut out each upright scene image, including the bottom square, as one piece.
Then we folded the bottom square under to make the image stand up.
After we used a stretched cotton ball as a cloud, we poured a little play sand in the bottom and added our upright images to get a feel for the beach in our dining room! 🙂
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If you’d like to complete this activity with your littles, grab our free Day at the Beach Diorama Pack by clicking the image or the link below to download it!
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