Here's Why You Should Bring A Shower Curtain Liner On Your Next Trip To The Beach

Summer is drawing to an end, but a lot of families are still packing up the car in order to get out to the beach one last time before the season ends. I love going to the beach - the sun, the sand, the waves, the various grilled foods that taste slightly better after you've spent a day swallowing salty sea water - it's all part of the fun.

For parents, however, the beach presents a few challenges. From strangers to a strong current, there are a number of things that pose potential threats to your children. If you have young kids who love the ocean, but are not quite old enough to play safely in the tide, try out this DIY kiddie pool from the blog, In Lieu of Preschool. All you need is a clear shower curtain liner. It's a fun, safe alternative.

Materials Required:

  • Clear shower curtain liner
  • Shovels
  • Buckets


1. Dig a hole in the sand that's large enough for your kids to play in.

2. Line the bottom of the hole with the shower liner, making sure it's flat against the bottom on the hole. Keep it in place by burying the edges in sand.

3. Use buckets to fill the pool. Get the kids to help!


4. Enjoy.

This is a fun, simple summer DIY that's a great way to keep kids safe and happy.

If you're looking to take it a step further, check out this upgrade that the blogger's husband came up with the day after she posted the original idea.

Alternate Instructions:

  1. Dig an oval hole with a flat bottom, approximately 2x3 feet. Make sure your liner is large enough to amply cover the hole with plenty of overlap.
  2. Next, dig a trench all around the hole, roughly four inches away from the edge of the hole itself to create a crown of sorts.
  3. Center the liner over the hole, and pour some water to help the curtain start contouring to the shape of your "pool."
  4. Now, the overlapping edges of the liner should be positioned over the circumference of the trench you dug earlier. Bury the liner in the trench with plenty of sand to secure it in place. Walk over it to pack it down.
  5. Fill the pool with water and enjoy!

This upgraded pool is a lot more secure from an engineering point of view. If it's really bright out, be sure to cover the pool with an umbrella or canopy to avoid sunburns for kids and grownups alike.

When it's time to clean up, things couldn't be easier. Just dig out the edges, and gently pull the liner out of the hole. Rinse it off, let it dry, and then pack it up for next time. You can pretty much just fold it up like a big bedsheet and tuck it in your bag.

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H/T: TipHero | In Lieu of Preschool

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