10 Great Beach Games for Kids

There are still plenty of days to enjoy at the beach this summer! If you’re headed to the shore, try these ideas for great beach games for kids. While kids can have loads of fun at the beach just splashing in the waves or digging holes in the sand, these games are perfect for kids who are looking for something else to do.

1. Bucket Relay Race

You'll need 2 small same-sized buckets. Create 2 teams with an equal number of kids and adults. Have each team form a line by the shore and set the buckets a short distance from the water’s edge. The object of the game is for each team to carry the water in their bare hands to the bucket. Once a player fills the bucket then the next player in line can grab a handful of water and race to the bucket. Keep going until the bucket is filled. The first team to fill the bucket wins!

2. Water Balloon Toss

This fun outdoor game is perfect for the beach. Since the kids are already in their bathing suits, having the water balloons burst on their hands and body will be just as fun and refreshing, than successfully catching the balloon.

3. Beach Volleyball

While the official game of volleyball has certain rules, you can easily have a less structured fun game of beach volleyball with younger kids. All you need is a net, a volleyball or a beach ball, and the sand! Some kid-friendlier rules of play can include making the object of the game not to let the ball drop and keeping the play going rather than spiking it to the opposing team.

4. Sandcastle Sculpting

Make sand sculptures and sandcastles. With the right tools, making sandcastles can be easy and fun for kids of all ages. Just be sure to apply lots of sun block and get your child to wear a hat as well since they’ll most likely be working in the open for an extended period of time.

5. Collecting Seashells and Pebbles

Another quiet activity kids can enjoy is taking a walk on the beach and collecting different kinds of shells. Make a game out of it by challenging kids to collect as many different types of shells as they can. You can also bring along a book about seashells to help you identify the shells you find.

6. Kite Flying

There are few things more exhilarating than watching a kite that you’ve launched soar into the air. The beach is a perfect place to fly a kite. You can usually count on a breeze and there are lots of open spaces for kids to run with their kites to get them airborne.

7. Limbo

Take a long stick or a long piece of ribbon, a jump rope or cord; or anything that you can use as the limbo stick. Designate two people to hold the limbo "stick." When the music plays, each player bends backwards to pass under the stick. The last player who makes it without touching the limbo stick wins. If little kids have difficulty making it through while bending backwards, have them go sideways.

8. Decorate Seashells

Bring along markers such as Sharpies to the beach and have your kids add their own artistry to shells they've collected. Leave them behind to be discovered by fellow beach goers or take them home as souvenirs.

9. Organise a Game of Hopscotch

You don’t need much to set up this classic game at the beach. Find a stick to help you make the game squares, then gather a few rocks to toss. Round up the kids and have them hop away.

10. Play Sand Pictionary

The sandy beach make a perfect canvas for Pictionary. Give this classic game a summery twist with summer-related words like sun, shell, and watermelon. Once kids guess the word correctly, wait for the waves to clear the “picture” and start the next round.

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