Building sand castles is just one of the many beach-inspired art projects that can keep your creativ

Beaches along the Gulf Coast can inspire more than a good time - they could be just what you need for a fun art project that your young kids will enjoy. Consider one of these project ideas for your next trip, as they combine the beauty of the coastal setting with hands-on entertainment.

Let the beach inspire children's art projects

Staying at Gulf Shores rentals means that you have plenty of time to relax and recharge your batteries. When you are entertaining young children you can have a few activities up your sleeve that are designed to keep children preoccupied and content. 

Here are a few fun and easy beach-inspired art projects everyone in a travel group will enjoy: 

Shell picture frame

Building sand castles is just one of the many beach-inspired art projects that can keep your creative kids entertained on vacation.There's a good chance you'll view many aspects of your trip from behind a camera lens, snapping photos of your family's fun. These gorgeous images need to be kept in equally awesome frames, and instead of shopping around for generic options, you can have your kids decorate photo settings. To incorporate the beach into this activity, let kids collect small shells that they find along the shore. Then they can use these relics to spruce up their very own picture frames, adding a special personal touch to the items. 

All you'll need for this project is glue and a plain frame, preferably with a flat surface to which you can adhere shells. 

Make a mobile

While your kids are hunting for shells in Gulf Shores, they may find driftwood as well. You can easily incorporate these materials into a mobile. Beyond the treasures you find on the beach, all you'll need is a small drill and some fishing line. Drill a hole in each shell, and thread the line through the holes, knotting them in place. Add several shells up and down the line.  Hang these strings from your driftwood, and then hang your new art work somewhere around the house. It makes a great memento or even gift, but many shells are fragile, so pack accordingly!

Sand castles

When you're staying at Gulf Shores vacation rentals on the Gulf Coast, your kids will likely be ready to take part in all of the traditional beach activities, and creating towers in the sand may be at the top of the list. 

Join in the fun of building sand castles with your children and enjoy watching them get their creative juices flowing. To keep things interesting, try to give your children new challenges each day, such as constructing a fortress with a moat or creating a sand creature reminiscent of the marine life they see in the water. 

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