Summer is nipping at our heels.
Sun drenched beach days, covered in sand and salty water. The kids are fizzying with excitement, pestering you to use the latest gimmick the grandparents have splurged on this Christmas. It’s definitely time to get them outside.
But you’re a little wary. It’s not your first beach rodeo. You know these sandy expeditions entail keeping the rug-rats fueled up, covered up, entertained and out of each other’s hair.
Exhausting isn’t it?
Fear not – we’ve got your back. Without further ado, here are:
5 Beach Activities For Amping Active Kids!
Beach Board Games:
A teeny bit of effort can go a long way with this gem.
Create your own multi-game board using a table runner, fabric paint and natures game pieces – shells, stones, driftwood… or whatever you can find.
Here’s how: Using a pencil or chalk trace the board game templates (found here) onto the table runner. Using duct tape, mark the sections you don’t want to paint. Grab a sponge, dip it into fabric paint and dab lightly and evenly. Allow the paint to dry, then repeat a couple more times to ensure the paint is bold and evenly spread.
– For Checkers you’ll need 24 total pieces – two different types
– For Tic Tac Toe you’ll need 5 “X” pieces and 5 “O” pieces
– For Mancala you’ll need 48 small pieces
And it’s not confined to the beach either. Create your game pieces from pine cones,
sticks, pebbles or flowers.
DIY Wind Chime:
Adorn your tent or caravan with a piece of the beach this summer.
All you’ll need is a selection of scavenged shells, one piece of driftwood or a medium sized stick from a neighbouring tree and some nylon fishing line – pinched from the old man’s tackle box.
Tie each individual jewel from nature’s treasure box to a piece of nylon. The tie all of the pieces of nylon to the driftwood. And voila, you’ve done!
Family photos don’t have to be drab and painful. Get creative by drawing expressive faces into compacted sand then leaning over them to take photos of everyone’s shadow’s cast over their drawing.
Explore the beach, park and surrounds with a scavenger hunt. Some items to find could be;
Bunny’s tails, scallop shell, a round stone or pine cones.
Plaster of Paris hand prints:
Find a patch of slightly wet sand and place your hand on it to make an indent.
Decorate the print with shells or pebbles then measure your Plaster of Paris according to directions in a ziplock bag. If you’re going to make this ahead of time, pre-measure the powder and bring a measuring cup for sea water. Mix the water into the powder until it’s just slightly thicker than pancake batter and pour it into your hand print. Smooth off using wet fingers so the mixture gets into all the cracks and crevices. Nip off for a swim while you wait for your mould to harden – and then dig it up! You can also get creative with sandcastles, footprints or other beach toys too!
And if you’re staying at Papamoa Beach Resort, we’re always bursting with entertainment and activities. Check out the Adventure Playground, Giant Jumping Pillows, Mini Tennis Court, send them for a hoon on our bikes or check out our Kids Club here and sign up for the latest activities upon arrival.
Can we help keep your kids entertained this summer? Book now to find out!
And transform boredom into a chance to explore.