Sunbathing & paddling, sandcastle building & salt n vinegar chippies, ice creams, rock pools and rubber rings…gotta love them all.
But here’s our list of alternative things to do at the beach…
No 1…Fairy shell houses. Decorate shells with permanent marker pens to make your own seashore fairy village.
No 2…Driftwood bridges. Use string to tie together collected driftwood to make bridges fit for the rockpool trolls.>
No 3…Beach operation. Out take on the traditional board game, we used a rake to create out patient and dug holes to represent the operating locations, we then used pebbles to throw into the wounds.>
No 4…Rock pool viewing bottles. We carefully cut a slot from the side if an empty pop bottle to enable us to push it into shallow pools to view the sea life..>
No 5…Cork sail boats. Use bottle corks and elastic bands to make your boats, finish with paper sails secured with a cocktail stick.>
No 6…Finding treasure. This can be done many ways, bottle with messages, pebbles that mark the spot, maps with clues…
No 7…Rock painting. Simply take a paintbrush to paint the rocks with water.>
No 8…Rock cakes. Take pens to make your own cakes.
No 9…Sea life viewing bottles. Wash out bottles & then fill with things you capture from rock pools, ideal to watch sea snails crawling about.>
No 10…Posh tea party. Have a look in charity shops for fine china oddments & then take them to the beach for a sandy tea!>
No 11…Punch & Judy. Use a cardboard box to make your Punch and Judy theatre and socks with laminated characters to make your puppets.>
No 12… Raft building. Take string and use driftwood to build a raft.
No 13…Imagination, we used out imagination to make an istone iPhone.;
No 14…Discovering pearls. I used an old broken bracelet and secretly placed the pearls in shells within rock pools for the kids to stumble upon.>
No 15…lollipop stick puppets.>
No 16…Picture frame art. I took a small amount of plaster of Paris & a photo frame to the beach, we mixed the plaster of Paris and poured it into our frame glass before pushing in our beach treasures.>
No 17…Tin foil boating lakes. Build trenches and line with foil, fill with water & sail til your hearts content.>
No 18…Ocean in a jar. Fill a jar with sand & shells and listen closely to the sounds of the seaside when you open it. (The same concept as listening to a seashell) >
No 19… Seaside sand play dough. We took some flour & a small amount of cooking oil, we mixed it together with sand to form our dough.>
No 20… Beach comb boat building. Simple, beach a boat from your beach treasures.>
No 21…beach side artists. Take your paints to the seaside.
No 22…Ocean sensory bottles.>
No 23…skim stones.>
No 24…Tic Tac Toe pebbles. Take paint to make your own fishes & star fish game.
No 25… Simply sit and watch the sun disappear..>
26..Body Part Identification. Draw a person and write body parts on pebbles, ask the children to place the pebble where the body part is located..
27…Sand sculptures…don’t just make sand castles…
30..Inflatable boat paddling pool….simply fill your boat with water..
31..Sundial…make your own sundial