These very simple yet extremely interesting beach activities will help your family to have a whale of a time. Get ready, get set, go!

  • Tick-tack-toe: all you need is a long stick to draw lines, Xs and Os. Small children adore this game: let them win a round or two.

  • Crawling race. Draw two lines – one for the start and the other for the finish – and let children crawl in the sand some ten yards. Ask an adult to join them to add to the fun!
  • Crab walk race: you have to reach the finish line while walking on your feet and palms and having your belly pointed upwards. The clumsier you are, the more fun you have.
  • Volleyball. Who said your four-year-old cannot play beach volleyball? Just hang a towel between two long sticks: this will be your net. Now you are ready for the game!
  • Target shooting. You will need a plastic object – either small like a cup or a large like a pail – and a handful of rocks. The objective might range from merely hitting the cup with a rock to filling the pail with rocks to the brim.
  • Jumps. See who can jump the farthest: it is a very simple yet highly enjoyable game.
  • This is an ideal game for a group of children. Divide in two or three teams; one team member holds a small pail on his or her head and the others run to the water armed with small cups. Their task is to fill the pail with water: a team that does it first wins.
  • Beach art. Use a long stick to trace any object you like. Now fill it up with seashells and rocks. By the way, you can use seaweed to make a mermaid’s hair!

  • Cover a member of your family with sand: everybody likes this activity.
  • Both adults and children like to skip rocks. This activity can be challenging, but is definitely worth trying.
  • Hide and find: small children adore it. Just bury a toy in sand and ask your toddler to find it.
  • Fill up small pails or cups with water, put them on athletes’ heads and have a race! The participants should spill as little water as possible; smaller children can support the cups with their hands, while older children and adults are not allowed to do this.
  • Build a sand castle: let every family member take part in construction.
  • A pile of sand can be adorned, given a pair of eyes (seashells or light-colored stones), hands (sticks with gloves on them), a mouth (a line in the sand) and a hat (an upturned pail). Meet Mr. Sand Man!
  • Kites: absence of trees and other obstacles makes beaches ideal for kite flying. You can either buy an inexpensive kite from a discount store or make your own: either way, you will have tons of fun.
  • A T-shirt with an octopus or a shark on it will give a game of tag a whole new dimension. Now it is a hungry shark and not merely ‘it’ who is hunting small children: only a few will survive.