Summer is almost here. Can you hear the beach calling? I love taking my kids to
the beach on hot summer days, but friends always ask me: what do you do with
your kids all day? Don't you get bored? Don't they?!
Beach days aren't just about sitting back on a chaise lounge with a frosty drink
(although a mom can dream). There are tons of other things you can do all
day to keep the kids occupied. Building sandcastles, tossing around a ball and jumping the ocean waves is fun. But there are more ways to make
your day at the beach, um, a day at the beach.
Create a list of objects to find or tasks to complete. Don't
know what to put on a scavenger list? Here are a few ideas:
1. Count the number of umbrellas on the beach?
2. How many blue beach towels?
3. Collect six pink shells.
4. What are the names of the kids sitting next to
5. How many steps does it take to get from your
beach towel to the ocean?
2. Moveable blackboard
Have your kids write their names or draw pictures in the wet
sand before the waves come back and erase it.
3. Collect shells to paint later on a rainy day
Not every day will be a beach day this summer. That's why
you should collect shells when you're on the beach and save them for the
next rainy day. Rainy days are the worst over the summer. But you can make your
next one a little better: find shells you collected at the beach, get
out the paints and start crafting. Bring the beach
inside without all the sand.
There are no TVs at the beach—use this as your time to connect.
4. Handprint memories
You can't go to the beach with kids and not make a
sandcastle. It's sort of a rule. So make your usual sandcastle—then go for the upgrade. Use ocean water to
make handprints. Bonus points if you can get a handprint on top
of a sandcastle tower. Have your camera ready, you'll want to capture pics of
those tiny prints.
5. Blow bubbles
Bring a bottle of bubbles and let the beach breeze do the
rest. Kids love to pop bubbles. It's also a great way to make friends
with the other kids on the beach. Opening a bubble wand always seems to make my
family the most popular people on the beach.
6. Board games
You'll need the travel version, of course, otherwise say
goodbye to all of those tiny pieces. But nothing's more fun than gathering
under a beach umbrella and playing your favorite games as a family. (We love magnetic checkers.) These days with TV and iPads and all of our screens,
it's hard to find family time. There are no TVs at the beach—use this as your
time to connect.