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Summer Fun: Beach Day

Fun in the Sun on the Sand may not always be so fun!  There is so much to bring with you and what do you do all day when you are sitting there.  And not to mention all the SAND!!

Well here are some fun ideas to make your beach day a FUN one! 


Don't Forget!

Ask your child to make a list of things they need for the beach.  Here are a few key items to bring with you for your day at the beach

  • Towels, umbrella, and sunscreen- of course
  • A small bottle of baby powder- for those children who do not like the sand sticking to them sprikle some baby powder on their skin and the sand rubs right off!
  • Shovels, pails, and sand toys- you can always bring old bowls, measuring cups, and spoons too.  Today my children scooped up sand with an empty Pringles chip container!
  • Water and some snacks

Fun Beach Games

Seek and Find:  As you are walking around the beach, look for pebbles, rocks, shells, small pieces of wood.  You can use them for the following games.

Sand Darts: Find a large, open area and draw a circle in the sand.  Now break up into teams.  You can have the shells vs. the rocks.  Standing about five feet away from the circle, try throwing your shell or rock into the circle.  Each one landing into the circle is one point but if it lands right in the center-five points!  Eye hand coordination, motor planning, turn taking, and a great way to interact with friends and family while you are on the beach. 

Some changes to the game- Make the circle larger or smaller, make more than one circle and have each one be worth a different amount of points.  Stand farther or closer away to your target!

Beach Tic Tac Toe: Draw a large tic tac toe board in the sand.  You can use your shells and rocks instead of X's and O's

Make A Face: With your collections of shells, rocks, and drift wood- How many faces can you make?  Can you make your whole family?  Or maybe make more than a face, try making a whole body.   

You can also practice letters and numbers.  Can you write your name?  Or your friend's name? How far in the alphabet can you get before running out of shells?

Bucket Races:  All you need is a few buckets!  Set up your teams and let's race!  There are so many ways:

- Sand races- Who can fill their buckets up to the top with sand first? Use your shovels or better yet your hands to fill the bucket to the top! Upper body strength, bilateral coordaintion as you scoop up the sand and motor planning. 

- Sand Relay- Set up in teams, with the buckets about ten-fifteen feet away.  Scoop up some sand in your hands or shovel, now run to the bucket and drop it in.  Race back and tag your team mate, now it is their turn to scoop and run. 

- Water races- Who can race to the water, fill their bucket and get back to the finish line first?  Gross motor strength and planning at work!

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Newsletter Compiled by Lisa Walker OTR