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The Best Ways to Entertain Kids Under 10 at the Beach

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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Published June 15th 2013
Sun, sea and that dubious stuff called sand
Sometimes it can be a challenge to keep your children/god children/nieces and nephews entertained, especially if they're under ten. One of the free ways to keep everyone happy is the natural, old favourite that is popular with all ages. The beach is always a fun day out. There's so much to entertain your little ones.

Glorious sunshine

Firstly, sand. I recall my mother telling me I tried to eat sand at 1 and a half. I witnessed the same thing with my nephew who, at 14 month did exactly the same. It's a natural wonder. Softer than grass, and less troublesome than mud, you can make castle, houses, people with sand, and it keeps kids busy for hours while they're building, or covering up their feet.

Sea. For little ones who are new to the beach the sea is a whole new level of wonder and curiosity. This large expanse of water is there, lapping away at the sand, at its own accord. It may look auspicious, but the sea can be waves of fun, for babies especially who you can hold as the waves tickle your feet.

Sun. Admittedly, this is one for adults, but sunshine has been proven to improve your mood, so little, or large, a fun day will be had because of the glorious rays.

Games. Kids only need simple entertainment. Bring a ball to the beach and you're entertained for hours.

Enjoying the beach

If you don't have a ball how about a game of rounders, or 'tig', 'stuck in the mud', the list is endless, and while it may seem sweaty work running around in the sunshine, kids need exercise and it's always nice when the whole family joins in for some beach fun. And don't worry if they fall over, they'll only land on the sand.

There's always a distraction. There is little time to be sad at the beach because of the sheer number of other people and attractions at the beach. While we encourage our kids and nieces and nephews not to stare, people watching is an all-time favourite, and you'd be surprised how your little ones will be intrigued by the bright orange hat of a fellow beach-goer.
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Why? To keep the whole family happy
When: Whenever
Where: The nearest beach
Cost: Free
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