This weekend we had a brilliant day out at a beach hut on Mersea Island. It was so chilled out, nothing to do but chill in a deck chair while the kids played with buckets and spades and hunted for crabs. During the week we’d been sent a copy of ‘The Beach Book’ to review, a lovely book that’s full of ideas for things that you can do at the beach without needing any special materials or spending any cash. We love sea crafts for kids and as we had all day to laze around I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to try out some fun beach activities for kids from the book!
*This post contains affiliate links*
What you will need:
A nice chilled out day at the beach. Or just a visit to the beach, depends how chilled out your kids are 😉
How to make your stone faces:
I knew that if I gave my kids instructions they totally wouldn’t be interested as they were busy with a bucket and spade so I hunted out some plain stones and drew some parts of the face on each one, eyes, noses, mouths and hair. Sure enough my son wandered over and wanted to know what I was doing and to join in too. He loved the concept of drawing on a pebble, I find that my kids get more interested in art and crafts when it’s something a bit ‘different’, who wants to draw on paper when you can draw on a rock?
The Beach Book recommends drawing things like horse’s ears or alien’s antenna on the rocks, but with only small pebbles on Mersea beach I found that doing a body part on each pebble was more than enough to keep my four year old entertained.
More things to do!
The Beach Book also suggests two games you can play with your stone faces; the funny face game where you turn the rocks over and have to take it in turns to pick the right stones to make a face and a memory game where you can take it in turns to try and remember where all the stones are to make each face. I loved the sound of these however at this point my son wanted to do his own extended activity and draw a face on a shell he found.
About The Beach Book
We were sent a copy of The Beach Book to review and I love it! It’s full of simple ideas to keep kids occupied and encourage them to explore the outdoors. It’s published by Francis Lincoln and you can buy a copy on Amazon here if you’re in the UKor here if you’re in the US!
You may also like