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Toddler Art: Seashore Inspired Paintings

Last weekend, Zoom, Sean and I headed up to The Sea Ranch. It’s on the north coast of California. It’s one of my favorite places, ever. For this project we used white paper, finger paint, and some shells, wood, and other beach finds to make patterns.

The Coast

We went to the beach, and Zoom looked for art supplies. It was very serious business.

Looking for art supplies

He found a bunch of great beachy things to use!


And when we got back to our beach house, he got right to work with the paint.

Toddler Sea Art

After a flurry of painting, Zoom made two pieces to give to his Grandparents as a thank you for letting us stay with them.

sea inspired art 2

sea inspired art

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  • lindsy
    February 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    How beautiful! What a fun way to paint!

  • Paula
    February 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks Lindsy, and thank you for stopping by 🙂 washable finger paint was the key to cleaning up!

  • Christina
    February 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    How beautiful! I’ve always wanted to go to northern CA. Great ideas too for me to use here in Fl. Blessings!

  • Paula
    February 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Thanks, Christina! I think it might be fun to mix a bit of sand with the paint and see what kinds of textures you can create 🙂

  • Kelli Becton-AdventurezInChild'Rearing
    March 1, 2012 at 5:33 am

    We live at the beach in Florida – We are headed off to do a Nature collage tomorrow – this is a lovely idea :)I dig the texture

  • Paula
    March 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Kelli – I’d love to see what you guys cone up with 🙂

  • Donna Parsley
    March 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I’m very fond of the seashore and kids, and both bring a certain sense of happiness to me. What Zoom did was totally fascinating! His grandparents would be very happy to receive a seashore-inspired painting, and even more so when they find out that their cute little angel did it.

  • Paula
    March 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks Donna 🙂 I love the ocean and I’m ever so glad that Zoom seems to love it too.