Sun, sand and the ocean, sounds like a recipe for fun to me. A day with the kids at the beach can be a perfect way to spend a lovely weekend (or weekday if you’re lucky). However, it can quickly become dangerous if you are not careful, and you don’t want to take any chances with your precious little ones. In order to make your day great without any hassles, here are some musts for a fantastic day out:
You can even incorporate some arts and crafts for a day out with the kids at the beach. A really nice idea is to get your child to create their very own beach in a bottle. You need to get a clear plastic jar (an old peanut butter or jam jar will work perfectly) and get your child to fill up about a third of the jar with sand. Then go for a walk with your little one along the shoreline and pick up pretty and interesting beach bits and pieces, like beautiful shells, cool, smallish pieces of driftwood and other fun mementos and put these things inside your jar. When you are ready to leave, close up your jar and take it home to remind your kid about their great day they had at the beach. Before you do this, check the beach isn’t heritage listed – you won’t disturb the wildlife and natural surroundings.
Building sand castles is a time honoured tradition. If you go to the beach with a few friends why not instil some friendly competition and get all the kids to compete in a sand castle building contest and judge the winners (it might be nice to make all participants winners i.e. one winner for best walls, another for tallest, another for widest etc). A really nice activity you can do with your kid’s is to write messages in the sand. These messages are always fun to create, and if you have a camera handy, you can take pictures and print them out so your child can save a copy of their handiwork. If the beach is a little windy why not unveil that kite you have been threatening to fly for months, kids love kites and flying it with you is bound to make their day.
Australia has some great beaches and a couple of these beaches are perfectly suited for kids. Here are some of the best kids beaches in Australia:
As long as you have planned and prepared for your day, you’re sure to have a safe, healthy, fun trip to the beach with your kids.