A day at the beach wouldn't be complete without playing this homemade beach-themed matching game!
The day before your beach trip, have the kids draw game cards featuring objects they might plausibly spy at the beach. For instance: tide pool creatures, a strand of podded seaweed, the tiny footprints of a shorebird, a polka-dotted swimsuit ...
Use a ruler and pencil to mark off each trimmed index card into 9 equal squares. Put the finished cards inside the box, along with the magnets.
To play: Each player selects a card and places it inside the lid of the open tin. Every time you see a creature from your card, mark it with a magnet. Three in a row -- horizontal, vertical, or diagonal -- wins. Or play to fill the whole card.