Build sandcastles. Ok, so this is obvious but why not extend it and get into two teams. Each build a sandcastle with a moat and have a mini battle between the two. You could use shells and stones as knights and horses or even as a princess trapped in the top tower and in need of rescuing. Get as creative as you like and allow the imaginary world to take over.
Walk like a crab, roll like a seal or swim like a fish. Kids love to use their whole bodies in play and this one will really get them moving. It will get them giggling too, especially watching Mum or Dad attempting to walk like a crab along the beach.
Make some sandy art. Use seaweed, pebbles, shells and sand or whatever else you can find and create some gallery worthy art. Try and make portraits of each other or create underwater worlds on the sand. You can lose yourself in this one and completely forget the time, just watch that tide!
Forage for seaweed. Foraging is a brilliant activity for kids, the buzz of finding what you are looking for and then cooking and tasting it will make long lasting happy memories. Be sure to do some prep work for this one though, make sure you know what you are picking and that you are sure of how it needs to be prepared before eating it. There are some great books out there offering advice on the subject.
Go surfing. Lots of older kids will absolutely love this one and from what I’ve heard once you give it a go it becomes addictive. Soon enough you will be following the surf around the country. There are plenty of surf and water sports schools around the coast so check out your nearest one.
Jump the waves. This is another one guaranteed to get the giggles going. I remember spending hours jumping waves as they crashed into the shore and a falling over a fair few times in fits of laughter. Little ones and big ones alike will love this one and will be up for the challenge of seeing how high they can go.
Collecting and sorting. Whichever beach you end up at there are bound to be lots of special treasures worth collecting, whether it be driftwood, shells, pebbles or seaweed. Take along some egg boxes (don’t lose them in the wind though!) and label each section with a colour, a size or for the older ones a species / types of shell and then head out collecting as many of each kind as you can fit in each section. Alternately, just collect what catches your eye and sort them afterwards into size or colour.
Make a sand volcano. All kids will love this one. Build up a mound of sand in the shape of a volcano with a crater at the top. Fill the crater with 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda and then add roughly 250ml of vinegar then sit and watch as the reaction occurs. You should end up with a lovely fizzy froth erupting over the top of your volcano.
Rockpooling. Discover the wild creatures of the seaside and search the rock pools for all manner of life. You can make lists of what you expect to find and check them off alternativley, you could pretend you are scientists discovering the creatures for the first time and give them your own names and stories.
Bake sandy cakes and have a tea party. Bring along some cake cases and muffin tins and get cooking. Instead of making mud pies make sandy pies and sea water tea. Discover some new recipes and have yourself a very merry tea party by the sea.