5 Beach Games For Summer Fun
It's time to hit the beach! While we're satisfied sitting on our beach towels or reading books under the shade of our beach umbrellas while keeping an eye on the infant in his baby creeper, kids need a little bit more activity to keep them busy and safe. Getting them involved in fun games holds their attention and yours while enjoying the summer sun and sea air. Here are five games to keep you and your kids busy during a day at the beach.
Beach Ball Pass
This one is easy and fun. All you need is a beach ball. Have everyone pair off in teams of two and give each team a beach ball. Mark a starting line and a finish line. Have all the teams line up at the start with their balls. The object is to hold the ball between them without using their hands and try to cross the finish line without dropping the ball. If a pair drops the ball, they have to start over. The first team to cross the finish line wins. If you don't have enough beach balls for each team, you can hold more than one heat and have the winners of each heat race against each other for a beach ball pass tournament.
If you're on a beach vacation with kids, you probably have a few plastic soda bottles you can re-purpose for beach bowling! Use those bottles as bowling pins and tennis balls as bowling balls and draw an alley in the sand. The rules are the same as regular bowling, but you'll have to set up your lanes based on the age of your players. They are easy to adjust; simply draw new lines in the sand! If it's breezy, fill the bottles a quarter of the way with sand so they don't blow into the ocean. If you want to make the game more challenging, use a beach ball as your bowling ball.
This one is good for a day not too many people are at the beach. Each person has to be wearing flip-flops. Everyone should stand in a line facing inland. One-by-one, each person kicks off one flip-flop as far as they can. The one whose shoe lands the farthest away wins! Quick tip: don't kick off your flip-flops when other people are around. You don't want your kids to accidentally hit a bystander with a shoe.
A hula-hoop contest is a one that adults and kids alike can play! At the word "go," everyone starts hula hooping at once. When someone drops their hoop, they're out. The last one hula hooping wins. Like beach ball pass, if you don't have enough hula-hoops for everyone, you can play in heats, and the winners of each heat can face off for the title. If you want everyone to get really excited about it, have the boys wear Hawaiian shirts and the girls wear grass skirts.
Beach Skee Ball
This one involves a little bit of digging in the sand and building a skee ball alley. There are two ways you can shape your sand for the game:
- 1. Build a mound with a hole in it. Then, aim for the hole when you roll the ball. This method is simple and limited, but still fun for children. It can be played in teams: each person gets three rolls. They score points for their teams when their balls make it into the hole. The team with the most points wins.
- 2. Build a mound with circles in it, just like the arcade game. This method takes a bit more time to build, but if you're at the beach, think of it as building a sand castle. Create one big circle with smaller circles inside with designated point values. The smallest circle gets the highest points. Every person rolls their tennis ball three times. The one who gets the most points wins. This one is fun for older kids who are a little more competitive.
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