Fun Beach-Friendly Activities for the Whole Family

Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Just Beachy

A day at the beach doesn't need to be stressful or expensive. With a few easy activities and basic supplies, you'll never be bored by the shore again!

Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Seascape Scrapbook

Have your child collect shells, driftwood, stones, and sea glass. Once she's amassed a trove of supplies, suggest she use her finds to "draw" a picture in the sand.

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Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Blanket Bounce

Ask two kids to hold a towel stretched taut and challenge them to bounce a beach ball in the air, catching it with the towel. See how long they can keep it going.

Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Aqua-Scope

Create an aquatic viewer from a yogurt container. Cut out the bottom with a craft knife and have kids decorate their scope with colored duct tape. Punch holes on the sides of the lip for a string handle, and use a piece of plastic wrap and a wide rubber band to cover the open end. Take it to the shallow water or a tide pool; your kids will love looking at the undersea world.

Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Sand Games

Draw concentric circles and numbers in the sand to set up a Skee Ball-like game. Toss shells, stones, or small toys into the circles to rack up points. Alternatively, hopscotch, tic-tac-toe, and hangman can all be played in the sand.

Save those bottles for this super fun activity.

Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Coastal Clues

Download flash cards with images of things that might be found by the sea -- a seagull, a kite, ice pops. Print them out, laminate, punch a hole in the corner of each, then loop them on a metal ring. One child holds a card so it can't be seen by the other children, who must ask questions to guess what image she's holding.

Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Beach Time

Using driftwood and rocks, create a sundial. Every hour, get your kid to place a pile of rocks at the tip of your stick's shadow. As the day passes, the shadow will move in a circle -- just like the hands of a clock!

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