Mama of two. Finding fun, new and thrifty ways to entertain my little girls.
Published May 8th 2012
With some fun activities up your sleeve, the beach can be the perfect location for a weekend adventure with kids. And best of all, these ideas make the most of the beach's natural beauty and get your kids in touch with nature while avoiding jumping in the water!
1. Water watch: Bring a towel (rug up if it's winter) and sit on the sand to watch the tide move in and out, talk to your child about the way the water moves in and out, low-tide and high-tide and the way the waves look as they grow, then crash into the shore. You could even bring along morning or afternoon tea.
2. Treasure hunt: Tell your child about the many treasures that watch up on the beach - various shells, stones, bottles, glass softened by the ocean and more. Take a walk along the shore to see what you can find.
3. Walk together: There are plenty of great beach walks (boardwalks, walks to lookouts or a walk along the sand) that will let you admire the water from a distance, while burning off some extra energy. If you choose to walk along the shore, talk about what you see and the textures (hard & soft sand, shells, stones, seaweed) that you feel and see.
4. Marina magic: Visit a beach with a marina or harbour so your child can see all the different boats that set sail. Watch them bobbing in the ocean, leaving the harbour or coming back in. Make a game of it by counting the boats you see, and guessing where you think they might be headed.
5. Sounds of the ocean: Ask your little one to close his/her eyes and listen to the sounds you hear at the beach - birds, the crash of waves, the wind, people, boats in the distance. Talk about what you hear, as well as what you see at the beach.
Why? The beach offers a great way to connect children with nature and it's free. It's also a great outing not matter the season - just rug up in Winter, and apply sunscrean in Summer.