Nothing makes a beach visit more fun than some good beach games. Beach games for kids keep them entertained when they are out of the water.
Having a list of engaging ideas in your back pocket might mean the difference between them wanting to pack it in after only an hour at the beach and not being able to drag them home after several.
The following activities are fun and also help kids develop their basic movement skills:
1. Drip Castle
No trip to the beach is complete without digging in the sand. But why limit yourself to a traditional sand castle? Ask them to make a creation of their own, let your kids’ imaginations run wild. Make sure you get photographs of all creations before the tide comes in.
2. Sand and Shell Art
Make a list of common beach items your kids can probably find on a beach. Base the length and contents of your list on the age and maturity of the children playing. Include items such as shells, rocks, a hermit crab, seaweed, a feather, etc. Provide each child with a copy of the list and a large cup or bucket. Arrange your finds to create fun pictures.
3. Water Bucket Relay
Kids love relay races, and at the beach, a water bucket relay is great fun. Give each child a plastic cup, spoon, or large shell and have them run to the water, fill their carrying implement, and race to empty it in a bucket. Kids love the challenge of trying to keep the water from spilling before they get it into their bucket.
4. Squirt Ball Race
You will need to plan ahead a bit for this game, as you must bring some squirt guns with you to the beach. Players use squirt guns to spray the beach balls and move them forward towards a goal line drawn in the sand. If you have several players, divide them into teams. When the squirt guns are empty, players must run to the water’s edge to fill them. This can be part of the challenge, or you can stop the game for refills, then begin a new game. The first player whose ball reaches the goal line wins the game.
5. Beach Bowling
Use a shovel to dig six holes in the sand in a pyramid configuration. Give the kids tennis balls to roll into the goals.