I love the beach. Our family vacations are usually near the beach or on the water (cruises). I love watching my children play in the sand and water. There’s always something new for them to discover. They could spend hours having fun at the beach,playing in the waves.
Going to the beach is great fun if you have some activities in mind to keep the children engaged all day to ward. Be sure to bring a basket or bag for all the goodies your child may find along the beach. We always have a bag of beach toys and tools to make our days even better! You can get in on the action too or just sit back and watch your kids have a ball. Try these with your little explorers:
Seashells come in all shapes and sizes. Just walking along the beach where the tide rolls in can net you lots of pretty shells. You can also hunt in the shallow area near at the water’s edge for more. My mother used to get us up early in the morning on days we went to the beach. We’d get out there before everyone else was awake and come back with the best shells.
If your child is like most children you will have to help them sort through and choose the best shells to take home. Otherwise, you may need a truck to carry them all. Teach them how to inspect the shells for defects, make groupings by color or shape, and even plan how to display them creatively at home.
The beach is wonderful place to go rock collecting. Many rocks along the beach will be smooth from years and years of rolling through the tides which makes for easy collecting for little ones. You will find many types of rocks on the beach – agates, jaspers, quartz, jadeite among many others. You could even get lucky enough to find fossils among the rocks as well.
Some of these rocks are very beautiful just as you find them. But, if you choose to take them home to clean them up or put them through a rock polisher your child will be amazed at how truly beautiful their finds are.
The tides rolling in and out brings in lots of gifts from the sea to the beach every day, such as sea glass, tropical seeds or fossils. Make it your mission for you and your children to find some treasures on the beach to take home.
Another fun thing to do after you get home is to make a keepsake out of the things you found. A few ideas to get you started are attach all your finds to a canvas to make wall hanging, make a treasure box or add your items to a net tied at the top. These can also make cool gifts to give other people to show all the fun you had while you were away.
Most beaches have hordes of people visiting all summer long which makes for great treasure hunting with metal detectors. Older children who have the patience will be the best suited for this type of activity.
Making Sand Castles
Bring buckets, molds and shovels to create the ultimate sand castles. You can even invite other children to work with your child to build a large community of castles with trenches, moats and towers. The kids will love it and you child may make some new friends too.
A day at the beach is more than just swimming and sunbathing. With a little creativity, you can turn your beach trip into an exciting adventure – and even add a few “teachable moments” to your weekend.