Whether you’re a nanny or parents of little children, a day at the beach is a great way to enjoy the best of the sunny weather and burn off a little energy at the same time.
Take those tikes to the beach and there’s so many things to do you’ll be spoilt for choice, we suggest these ideas at Taxing Nannies though, if you really want to make the best of the day.
#Build a sandcastle
Arm a child with a bucket and spade and they’ll spend hours digging and playing in the sand.
Build a castle. Dig a moat around the outside and stick a flag in the top. You can decorate the outside of the castle with shells you find lying around the beach and make a makeshift drawbridge out of a piece of driftwood.
#Fly a kite
Take a kite to the beach with you. Run like crazy down the sand and watch as the kite gently lifts into the air, see it flutter in the sky and look at the excitement on your child’s face.
Keep a tight grip on the string though. You don’t want to see tears because the kite flies away!
#Go hunting in rock pools
Buy a cheap fishing net then visit the rock pools that are littered around the edges of the beach. Hand a bucket to your children and get them to ‘explore’ the pools looking for a variety of oceanic species.
Hunting in rock pools is fun and it’s educational as well, your kids will love this temporary aquarium and they’re sure to discover a wealth of marine life.
#Play a ball game
Take a cricket set to the beach with you, have a game of rounders or play beach volleyball instead. Boules is a good beach game, you could simply have a kickabout with a football, take the Brazilian approach and enjoy ‘footie’ on the sand.
#Throw a frisbie
Toss a frisbie backwards and forwards, see how many times your children can catch it without dropping it on the sand.
Host a competition. Find out who can toss the frisbie the furthest, the winner gets to choose their favourite ice cream.
#Bury dad in the sand
This is something that you simply have to do. Dig a big hole, bury dad up to his toes and leave him submerged in the sand.
It’ll take a while but it’ll keep the kids amused, just don’t forget to dig dad back up again afterwards.