Beach Bash: Home Edition

In this new season of ministry, my hope is to provide our families with DIY events that you can pull off with a little planning, a little imagination, and the extra time we have together. This week? The Beach Bash: Home Edition

One of the greatest joys of my time in family ministry has been the beach bash. For the past 3 winters, we’ve gathered together in GSH, dusted off our sandals and Hawaiian shirts, and made memories together to the Sounds of Summer by the Beach Boys. I have to say that this is has been an unanticipated ministry moment for me these past three years, yet I have found it to be one of the best parts of the job. What I love about the beach bash is that it gives us the gift of lighthearted fun, flexes our imaginations, and gathers us together at an event that is messier and louder than anything else we do at church. Why not bring that same energy, imagination, and fun to our homes during this uncertain season?

In an attempt to bring the beach bash to life, I’ve pulled together some DIY ideas for you to pick and choose from to build your party.

First off? Music and atmosphere! What is a party without an amazing soundtrack? To the left is our favorite beach bash soundtrack of the last few years. YouTube has their own playlist, too!

This link will get you to one of our beachy backdrops we’ve used on the screens for the past few years. But if you want to feel like you are scuba diving with the ocean creatures, this is the link for you! I bet your families could have quite the beach or underwater dance parties!

Decor and Activities

Next up, activities and decorations! One of the staples of the beach bash is our grass skirts. Now, if you already have some around you are in luck! But if not, use this tutorial to put your old streamers to good use and make your own! This can decorate your food table, enhance your beach outfit, or both if you really stocked up on streamers! Don’t have green tape or green streamers, a little color never hurt anyone and a rainbow hula skirt sounds amazing! Beach parties require sand, and if you have flour and oil at home you can make your own kinetic (or moon) sand for the party! Finally, dust off your sandals, Hawaiian shirts, and sun glasses! Now is the time to put them to good use! You can even do an at home costume contest! Limbo contests are encouraged and yard sticks from the state fair come in handy for these!

lime rickey snow cone

FOOD

Finally, the best part of any party, in my humble opinion, is the FOOD! Traditionally, beach bash has had pizza for dinner and I don’t need to give you directions on that (pineapple is encouraged but not required- this can be VERY divisive :)).

But my new and favorite addition to beach bash this year was our dessert- SNO KONES! You don’t need a fancy machine and sugary syrup to make it happen, just use a blender or food processor and your family’s favorite juice! There are endless combinations and they taste just as delicious!

There is no wrong way to throw a beach bash as long as you use your imagination. I hope you all can find joy in the little things as we gather in this new way. If you want to share the joy you find in your parties, send me pictures and stories! I’d love to see your smiling faces!

Holding you in digital hugs and prayer, Bekah

And then the rain (snow) came…

In preparation for when your prayers include colorful expletives and your patience hits the tipping point…let’s get our ‘inside day activities’ prep on!

Got any indoor activity ‘winners’ to share? Please include them in our comments!

ELEMENTARY:

https://pe4everykid.weebly.com/fitness.html
Totally trying this at my house today! Click on the link to get fitness challenge ideas for every color card!
The ‘additional Uno Fitness Exercises’ appear in a google doc with printable Uno cards!
https://www.sundayschoolkids.com/activities-lent-easter/1-magic-cross-instru.htm
All you need is a piece of paper (or a few, if they get into it- employ the recycling bin!) It’s a magic trick and origami paper folding combined!
https://happyhooligans.ca/dry-erase-and-water-floating-ink
This was an activity we used in The Message to talk about Jesus’ Baptism- the kids were facinated!

PRESCHOOL:

An Alphabet Hunt – Create ‘flashcards’ and hide them around the house. (26 letters = tons of searching!) Add on ideas…create 2 sets of flashcards and spread one alphabet on the floor for your kid to match their ‘found letter’ on.

idea adapted from: http://www.paperheartfamily.com/inside-activities-for-high-energy-kids

https://www.themanylittlejoys.com/dont-touch-the-lava-preschool-learning-game/
The living room has never been so dangerous! Use pillows, place mats, paper…
https://hes-extraordinary.com/improve-emotional-regulation-just-7-minutes-per-day
If any of this sounds physically impossible- just channel your inner animal and get moving!
Get those preschool wiggles channeled into a game!!

TODDLER:

Freeze water in a tupperware overnight! This idea is recommended by one our awesome WECC Teachers!
https://busytoddler.com/2018/09/animal-tape-rescue/
If you have tape to share, give your toddler a fine motor challenge!