Best Beach Activities For Toddlers

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Best Beach Activities For Toddlers

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My family and I have made it a tradition to get to the beach for a week at least two times each year (June and September). My kids love the beach. Walking the boardwalk, playing mini-golf, eating ice cream and of course, playing in the sand and jumping in the waves. We have found that they enjoy several activities on the beach that I want to share with you. Below are the best beach activities for toddlers.

1. Build a Hot Wheels race track

We purchased a Hot Wheels track pack and every time we go to the beach, we take these tracks along. My son spends so much time digging holes, building bridges and figuring out how he wants to configure his track. Bring old Hot Wheels cars with you and VOILA! You’ve got yourself a racetrack built into the sand. Once, we even used some wet sand to build an awesome tunnel. Let your creativity fly and it makes for a really fun beach activity with your kids.

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2. Surfer Dudes – Costa Rica Rick

If you have never had the joys of watching Costa Rica Rick surf and do his thing, go buy one right now. This toy is so much fun. You stand at the edge of the water, toss this surfer in ocean and when a wave comes crashing in, he comes surfing back to you. It’s a great way to play at the edge of the waves while watching a toy surf. I can’t explain it any other way. Just be careful that you don’t throw him TOO hard. We did have on a few years ago that unfortunately drifted out to sea. But have no fear. We bought a new one the same day and haven’t lost him yet. Fingers crossed.

Check out this review on YouTube from “The Friendly Reviewer”

Surfer Dudes Review from “The Friendly Reviewer”

3. Build a play kitchen

This one requires a shovel and a lot of digging. Our daughter loves baking. So when we go to the beach, we dig out a square size hole about a foot deep that she can fit in and walk around. We then make an “oven” with shells that we find on the beach. We bring play utensils, plates, old recycled food packages and recreate a play kitchen for her. I then pretend I’m calling her on the phone and placing orders at her bakery or pizzeria (Whatever she decides on that day). She isn’t a fan of the water and waves as much as my son, so she will spend hours in her sand kitchen during our beach days. It takes a bit of work when we first arrive at the beach, but it’s so worth it seeing her so happy and it keeps her occupied the entire day!

What are your favorite beach activities for toddlers? I would love to hear from you. Let me know in the comments!

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4 Responses

  1. The beach is a great place for families and trips like this build beautiful memories for your children. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I found this article at just the right time! I am planning for our annual family reunion week at the shore and we have several toddlers coming this year. The surfer dude is just amazing – have to pick that up for them. Also like the ‘kitchen’ idea as I can see them staying occupied with this. Thanks for the ideas.

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