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5 Fun Ideas for a Day at the Beach
For mom or dad spending a day at the beach might mean a day to relax and enjoy the sun and sand. But eventually kids are going to grow tired of building sand castles and not want to swim. Having a few ideas on hand to stave off boredom is always a good idea! If you have a summer beach picnic or get together these are also fun ideas to organize so kids can have fun while parent socialize. You may be able to enlist older children to supervise the games or have parents take turns being in charge.
Seashell Hunting and Rock Collecting
If you’re visiting a seaside beach, just walking along the beach where the tide comes in can you’ll find lots of shells. If your child is like most children you will have to help them sort through and choose the best shells to take home. You could make a scavenger hunt out of shell or rock discovery. Make a list of different types, colors, or sizes of shells and rocks to discover.
The beach is wonderful place to go rock collecting. You will find many types of rocks on the beach – agates, jaspers, quartz, and jadeite among many others. You could even find fossils or shark teeth among the rocks.
The tides rolling in and out bring in lots of gifts from the sea that are deposited on the beach every day, such as sea glass, tropical seeds or fossils. Equip children with baskets or bags to find items that they can take home. Once at home you can make a keepsake by attaching the items to a canvas or adding them to a treasure box.
Sand Castle Building Contest
Bring buckets, molds and shovels to create amazing sand castles. Pair up children or let older children work independently to build their creations. You could have parents award prizes for the most creative, most lifelike, etc. If competition isn’t your thing, have the children work together to build a community of castles with trenches, moats and towers. Additional items like fabric flags, seashells to adorn the walls, and rocks to line the moats all make good use of the beach combing items children found.
Art on the Beach
What kind of creations can children make using only items they find on the beach? Make a game of it! Let children search for objects and then let them create. To make it just a little bit more difficult for older children, set a time limit for searching, and a time limit for creating.
This game requires more than one player but there are several variations. You’ll need a large cup or bucket and a smaller cup or bucket. Set the large bucket up some distance from the water (adjust based on age of the children), and then see who can fill the big bucket the fastest by running back and forth with the smaller cup.