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As I write this we are getting ready for our (usually) annual beach vacation. We love just spending time playing on the beach, but I thought it might be fun to have a few educational activities and other fun beach activities in mind in case the b word should happen to crop up. Here are some great beach activities to try with your kids the next time you head to the beach.
Learning at the Beach
Edventures with Kids has a great list of five ways to explore science at the beach, from talking about animal habitats and the tides to just playing in the sand.
Rainy Day Mum has 10 ideas for learning at the beach, plus a whole post on exploring rock pools (or tide pools).
You can learn about hermit crabs, draw seashells, take an ocean unit study field trip and even learn how to enjoy the beach in winter with Bambini Travel.
A child who is learning their name can make a beach collage of their name with this idea from Crafty Kids at Home, or just make a “collage” with natural materials within a driftwood frame on the beach and see how long it takes for the tide to wash it away.
And don’t miss the sandcastle STEM challenge from Preschool Powol Packets. See who can make the tallest or the largest structure, the biggest drip castle, or the castle that holds up the longest against the tide and other beach visitors.
More Beach Activities
The girl loves a good scavenger hunt, so we’ll definitely be doing this beach scavenger hunt from Natural Beach Living.
Little ones who love cars and trucks will be delighted by the seaside car track busy bag idea from Adventures and Play. It’s easy to pull together and set up and will buy you hours of oceanside reading time.
If you want to make a craft project at the beach that you can take home, check out the sand cast starfish project from Crafts by Amanda. Beautiful!
Mommy’s Bundle has a great list of beach activities for toddlers, some of which older kids will enjoy, too.
Do you do any learning activities on the beach or do you just have fun? I’d love to hear your ideas.
And if the beach is far away for you, too, don’t miss my road trip activities list. We’re definitely using these when we go.