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July 04, 2022
There’s nothing better than rediscovering all the magic in the world through the eyes of a toddler. Every new experience is breathtaking, and we’re reminded to appreciate all of life’s wonders that our adult minds too often look past. And there’s no better place to soak up a little seaside magic than at the beach, so we thought we’d share our top 5 favorite beach activities that will keep your little love entertained for hours.
No surprise here—building sandcastles is a beach tradition for most families…but it might surprise you to learn that stacking sand is also great for toddlers working to develop motor skills. Bending to scoop and carry heavy buckets helps a child develop the large muscle groups of the body found in the legs, arms, and torso. And patting sand in place or decorating the castle with stick designs or seashells works the fine muscle groups of the wrists, hands, and fingers.
Little ones love to splash in the ocean, but sometimes the waves can be a bit overwhelming. If you’ve tried bringing a blow-up pool to the beach only to find yourself chasing it down the shoreline thanks to a stiff wind, consider buying one of these genius beach pools.
All you have to do is dig a hole in the sand and place the pool over the top then fill with ocean water. The liner keeps the water from seeping into the sand, allowing your child to splash and play without the sensory overload of loud, crashing waves.
As fun as frolicking in the sand and surf can be, toddlers may eventually get bored with undirected play. That’s why it’s a good idea to have some other activities planned to keep them entertained, and the beach is a perfect spot for an outdoor scavenger hunt.
A quick Google search will provide you with plenty of free, downloadable scavenger hunt lists. We love this one that includes pictures of the scavenger hunt items—so perfect for little ones who aren’t reading yet!
We all know that toddlers want to do everything on their own…until they tire out, then they’re ready for a little rest. Be sure to bring your ring sling with you to the beach—you’ll be so glad you did!
Not only is your sling perfect for keeping a nervous toddler calm as you introduce them to the ocean, but it’s also great to have on hand when your little love needs a break from adventure. A ring sling allows you to comfortably carry your child as you walk down the beach, and our breathable fabrics mean you and your toddler will stay cool and comfortable no matter how sunny the day.
There’s nothing more wonderful than watching a toddler revel in the magic of collecting seashells. Each discovery is so exciting! Help your child collect a variety of shells, then dump them out and have fun sorting them according to color, size, and/or texture (smooth vs. bumpy). And there you have it…five fun activities that will keep your toddler entertained on your next beach trip. Here’s to enjoying sunny seaside adventures and making memories to last a lifetime!
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