7 Fun Beach Games

Refreshing ways to enjoy the summer sun and shore without taking along the entire toy closet.

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Dunk 'n' Dip

Aimee Herring

Dunk 'n' Dip

Keep little ones moving and occupied with an easy beach relay. Have players fill cups with water, then run to empty them into a bucket. The first to fill the bucket wins.

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Drip Castle

Aimee Herring

Drip Castle

Try this fun twist on a traditional sand castle. Fill a bucket with half sand and half water. Pour wet sand through a plastic funnel to build an abstract beach structure. Don't have a funnel? Cut the bottom off an empty two-liter bottle to make your own.

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Sand and Shell Art

Aimee Herring

Sand and Shell Art

Take your young beachcombers on a hunt for shells and driftwood. Arrange your finds to create fun pictures.

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Musical Towels

Aimee Herring

Musical Towels

Here's a fun activity beachgoers of any age can take part in. Lay down beach towels in a circle and crank up summer tunes like Surfin' U.S.A., by the Beach Boys.

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Aim Game

Aimee Herring

Aim Game

Draw circles in the sand with a number in each one. Challenge kids to rack up points by tossing stones at the targets.

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Beach Bowling

Aimee Herring

Beach Bowling

Use a shovel to dig six holes in the sand in a pyramid configuration. Give the kids tennis balls to roll into the goals.

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Fish Tales

Aimee Herring

Fish Tales

After spending time in the sun, take a break by hanging out with the kids on your beach blanket to read a good book.

Originally published in the August 2009 issue of Parents magazine.