We just spent the wee on the gorgeous beaches of Cape Cod, MA. My kids love the beach and soak up everything about the experience – The sand, the water, playing, the ice cream truck that visited daily. To keep it interesting and fun, I found some ways to make the sand a little more engaging, while helping to create both memories and tangible souvenirs!
5 Ideas for Beach Sand Play
1. Beach in a Jar – Collect sand and shells from your trip to create a sand scene in a jar. My five year old loved collecting sand and shells for his own beach souvenir. Once home, we used a mason jar with a lid to create a beach momento for him. He filled the jar with sand, his chosen shells, rocks and even the badge from the beach. He has it proudly displayed on his dresser as a reminder of our fun vacation.
2. Sand Pictionary: Use sticks to have children and adults draw pictures in the sand in a classic pictionary game. My five year old had so much fun with this, especially when my husband made it silly and fun.
3. Name Writing / Letter Identification: My son enjoyed practicing his first and last name in the sand – sometimes with a “timer” of the waves washing it away. For my younger twins, we did letter identification in the sand. They loved guessing the letters and trying to copy in the sand, too.
4. Vacation Portrait: Write the year and location in the sand. It can serve as a picture souvenir on it’s own or have everyone get in the shot.
5. Sand Hills or Relays: We got this idea from some boys on the beach. They created a series of 5 or 6 large mounds and a sort of obstacle course. They were were happily running, jumping and having friendly races. My five year old joined in and had a blast, while getting some beach exercise in!
What are some of your favorite play activities for the sand, beach or water?