Looking for some easy beach activities for kids on a beach picnic.
There are lots of fun beach activities with sand, sea and rocks to keep them busy for hours.
To have the most fun on the beach bring along a few toys.
Buckets and spades are useful for digging, building and water play.
If it’s a windy day bring a kite. If the children are a bit older bring boogie boards.
Don't forget a bat and ball to play some simple games..
Sandcastles make fun beach
activities for kids. They love digging in the sand. Fill a bucket with
damp sand and tip it out onto a flat piece of beach.
You have a simple turret.
When building a sandcastle use your imagination.
Make a bigger castle make several turrets. Join them with a wall.
Build a pile of sand inside the wall and put a turret on top to make a keep.
Make windows and doors from pebbles or shells.
Put a flag of seaweed in the top.
Dig a moat around the wall. Fill it with water. Dig a channel to the sea so that the water floods in. Eventually the sea will undermine the castle and you can dance around it while it collapses.
This sandcastle is is a bit fancy for most of us to make but its nice to dream.
If only our buckets and spades could one day turn out castles like this.
On an incoming tide dig a big hole at the water’s edge .Try to keep the tide out for as long as possible by building the walls ever higher. Or dig a channel so the water can rush into the hole and fill it even more quickly.
Make sand models
from simple shapes. Use your imagination to build whales, turtles, fish
or sharks. They don’t have to be too realistic!
Build a sandman with a big pile of sand for his body a smaller pile for his head. Pebbles for eyes and mouth. Sticks for arms and nose. Add more pebbles for buttons.
Dig a big car out of sand that you can sit in.
Bury your feet in sand and then wriggle them free.
Bury other people’s feet in sand.
If you are picnicking on a pebbly beach. Make towers of pebbles.
There are usually some interesting objects washed up by the tide. Go on a beachcombing expedition up the beach and carry your treasures back. If you are going to be clambering over rocks be sure to wear covered shoes to protect your feet. Thongs slip and slide on the rocks.
As you walk make tracks in the sand. Use your hands and feet to make monster tracks.
Collect shells or interesting pebbles. Shells often have holes in them. String them together to make a mermaids necklace or a wind chime.
Search rock pools for tiny fish and anemones.
Kids love the water and the sea is another way to provide easy beach activities for kids.
Little kids can paddle on the edge and run away from the waves.
Splashing games are fun for the whole family.
Older children will want to venture in deeper. Keep a close eye on them even if they can swim. It is easy to get into difficulties on the beach. Click here to find more tips for staying safe in the water.
If they have boogie boards they can have endless fun on the beach learning to ride the waves.