ZisBoomBah’s ideas for fun beach games and summer activities for kids will save you this summer, when you hear the inevitable — “Mooom, I’m Bored …” — whether you are at the beach in Hawaii or at your local reservoir.
Beach activities for the whole family are not only a playful way to pass the time, they also allow children and parents engage with each other and experience life with all their senses. It’s what summer is all about.
The summer months are a great time to give your kids a little fun in the sun and an opportunity to connect with the outdoors, and move their bodies before it’s back to rigid schedules and homework again.
“You’ll find boredom where there is the absence of a good idea.”
~ Earl Nightingale
Most often, kids are bored because they aren’t using their imagination to come up with something fun to do. Here are a few ideas for fun beach games and summer activities to get kids’ motors running, both physically and mentally:
Play Pirates of <Insert Your Current Location>
While at the beach or in the sandbox, throw on a Pirates costume with a bandana, paper made eye patch, scrappy clothes and maybe even a play sash or belt with toy sword. Sit in a line and “row” the imaginary boat toward your treasure, dig for the chest of gold, make a sand embankment to hide from the “natives”, or play tug of war with your beach towel. Pirates and Sailors also have to swab the deck, hoist the sails, follow treasure maps, and climb the riggers, so make believe and move with it! A fantastic summer activity for kids that offers crafts, physical exercise and a chance for everyone to get goofy.
Create Your Own Summer Water Park
Fill up water balloon and have a balloon fight, hook up the sprinkler, or play a game of water tag. Use either cups or small buckets and have two larger buckets or pots to put refill water into. Place the filled cups or buckets in a straight line in the middle of the lawn and the refill pots or buckets at each end of the line. Have the kids line up on the edges of the lawn away from the line of water buckets. When you say “go” they run for the buckets and try to toss the water onto another player before they get soaked too. Keep refilling and “tagging” your opponents with water until the water is gone or you have completely soaked yourselves! A perfect kids summer activity for very hot days.
Paint with Water
For a fun game that requires no parent supervision or that can be played by one child who is playing by herself, consider water painting the sidewalk with big brushes and buckets of water. Let them take pictures of their creations before they dry up. You could combine this with sidewalk chalk for a more artistic experience.
Send the Kids on a Treasure Hunt
Send your kids for a walk along the beach (setting safe parameters for how far they can go), around the neighborhood or even just your own backyard (for smaller children) to find as many “treasures” as they can. Just tell them to pick up things they find interesting or cool. It could be grass, bugs, sticks, flowers, seeds, rocks or even trash. Have them bring it back to you and have them sit down and explain why they picked those items, or for older kids, have them write a one page story that has each of the items in it. A wonderful summer activity for kids that spurs their imagination and helps them connect with their surroundings.
When all else fails, there are a ton of arts and crafts ideas that can motivate kids to play outdoors. There are some particularly great ideas on Pinterest too, just Google “Summer Outdoor Play Ideas” and you will find all sorts of pictures and links to even more crazy fun in the sun!
ZisBoomBah contributor and fitness expert Nicole Irlbeck is a kid at heart and loves to integrate fitness, fun and family in her favorite role as a positive body image coach to women and girls. She and her husband are always looking for new ways to engage and keep up with their twin toddler boys. You can learn more and access additional resources for fun family fitness tips at www.restorationfitness.net.