We made a beach in a jar! Just when we are about to get some more snow, we are ready to look forward to warmer weather. We used a canning jar and poured in some sand. Then we put in some sea shells. It is a very simple thing to do, but my kids were born 5 miles from a beach and we miss it some days. They played with the shells for about 30 minutes even before we started making our beach. Whenever we feel like we are ready for the sun, we can look at our jars and day dream.