As spring break and summer approach, one of the most fun and affordable vacations is a trip to the beach. Although you will still incur the cost of travel, lodging and food- entertainment is virtually free!
Personally, I need no prompting on how to enjoy myself on a beach for days on end. Likewise, my children play easily without much encouragement. I think it’s safe to say that we’re beach-people! However, that’s not the case for everyone. For that reason, many touristy beaches have all sorts of activities to draw you away from the sand. These attractions also come with a cost! What could have been a relatively inexpensive trip will add up fast if you start paying for activities.
In order to avoid the temptation of these attractions, keep this list of suggestions handy. Often by encouraging children with a new idea, they are able to enjoy hours of play. Keep the activities fresh and allow children to use their imagination to embellish your ideas. Additionally, use beach play as a fun educational tool. Many of the suggestions provided will not only be enjoyable, but will help kids learn through play.
21 Free (or inexpensive) things to do at the beach:
- 1. Build Sandcastles
- 2. Collect Shells
- 3. Jump Waves
- 4. Make Sand Footprint Stepping Stones
- 5. Make a Volcano
- 6. Chase Birds
- 7. Make Sand Angels
- 8. Long Walk
- 9. Play Ball
- 10. Relay Race
- 11. Write Words/Letters in the Sand
- 12. Make a Sundial
- 13. Treasure Hunt
- 14. Catch Crabs
- 15. Fly A kite (I am a huge fan of the one in the link!)
- 16. Create an Obstacle Course
- 17. Go fishing
- 18. Build a Monster Truck Track
- 19. Dig a Hole (Be sure to fill it in at the end of the day!)
- 20. Snorkel
- 21. Watch The Sun Rise/Set
What are your favorite beach activities?
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