A day at the beach can be an exciting, noisy, busy adventure for children. Arrange the seaside activities for children before you go. This requires advanced planning, an impromptu spirit and the ability to flow with their interests. Pack items to bring along, such as snacks, quiet time activities and play toys.
Teach the Ocean
You can introduce your child to the ocean as you explore the tidal pools and point out the tiny sea creatures within the pool of water. Or, explain the importance of the ocean while you walk along the shoreline collecting shells. Bring a boogie board and allow him to feel the thrill of riding the waves; teach her how to skim across the surface of the waves; or play tag with the incoming and outgoing waves.
Sand brings out the builder in children whether it starts out small, like covering their feet, or becomes larger, such as building a sand castle. Bring the tools to encourage sand building. You should pack several, different sized and shaped pails and buckets, in addition to a sand sifter, shovels, spoons and forks.
Teach your child to float in the water, or different types of swim strokes to expand her experience. Perhaps he would prefer to jump the swell of a wave before it reaches him. Allow her to body surf, and ride a wave into the shoreline. Or, have a splash water fight to get wet before actually becoming fully submerged and use a waterproof camera to take pictures of all the activities.
Other Quiet Beach Activities
A day at the beach makes everyone hungry and thirsty. Bring drinks and snacks to keep children satisfied, along with books or magazines to read while they tan. Younger children may prefer crayons and colouring books for quiet time, drawing in the sand or a deck of cards.
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