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BEACH GAMES

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BEACH GAMES FOR ALL AGES

BOBBING FOR WORMS

These beach games are especially fun for boys. Float some gummy worms in a shallow pool of water and let the children bob for worms. The boys especially will love the ooey- gooey challenge!

You can make the game harder for older children by setting a timer and seeing how many worms each player can collect during the allotted time.

Cover empty cans with brown construction paper and label it “BAIT”. Fill it half full with sand and let the kids put the collected worms in the can when it is their turn. It is a fun idea and makes it easy to keep count of the slimy treasures!




MARBLES AND PAIL

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Give each child a sand pail and put twenty multi-colored marbles in each pail. The children then begin to trade jelly beans, attempting to get as many of the same color as they can.

They must keep their stash hid in the pail though as they trade and negotiate.

Play a song off a Beachboys CD or set a timer and when time is up, the player with the most same colored marbles wins.






THE EGG RACE

beach games Prior to the party, boil and color some eggs. Divide the party into two teams and have them form two lines. Give the first child in each line a spoon and an egg. The players then put the spoon in their mouths and the egg on the spoon. On the count of “three” each must make it to the sand pail and deliver the egg in his or her spoon.

If the egg drops or is touched, that team has to start over, beginning with the child that was originally first. If the player makes it to the pail with the egg intact, he then runs back to the line and gives his spoon to the next child in line who is given an egg to get to the and pail following the same rules. The team that has the most eggs in their pail at the end of the race wins.




BUILDING CASTLES IN THE SAND

Children of all ages love to make castles in the sand, so let them have at it. Divide the group into threes and give each group some supplies: a sand pail and shovel, some sand castle molds, some popsicle sticks, a handful of toothpicks, a few old kitchen items like plastic utensils, measuring cups and small bowls.

Have the groups work together to make a sand creation and then give prices for each castle.

You can judge them according to the biggest, best and most creative.






BEACH GAMES FOR OLDER CHILDREN

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THE BASKET CASE

Fill a basket or bucket full of things that have to do with playing in the sand like a shovel and pail, a gummy worm, plastic bugs, a sun hat, sunglasses, a toy dump truck, a mud pie pan, a sand sifter, plastic fish, etc. You can use numerous things for this beach game.

Cover the container with a beach towel and then uncover it so the children can observe what is inside. Give them 3 minutes and cover it back up.

The children must write down as many of the items as they can remember. The player with the most correct answers wins.


HANDS FULL OF SAND RELAY

Divide the group into two teams. It’s always fun to let them think of a team name and interesting to see what they come up with.

Have each form a line at the designated starting point. Provide each team with a large bucket full of sand. Set one large container at the finish line for each team.

The object is for each player to race to the finish line container to deliver as much sand as they can hold in their hands.

The team who fills up the bucket first wins!




ABC SAND GAME

Purchase two sets of Alphabet Sand Moldsbeach games. They are inexpensive and loads of fun, educational as well.

Divide the group into two teams and give them each a set of molds and an area of slightly damp sand. Have them work together to mold as many words as they can think of in the allotted time.

Five to ten minutes is usually great.Each team gets five points for every word that is spelled correctly and two points for every letter in it.




KING OF THE SAND HILL

This game is loads of fun and is a safer variation to the old game “King of the Hill”.

Make a mound of sand or dirt and choose one child to be “it”. “It” stands on the mound and is king. Arm the king with a water balloon and let the other children try to pop it. If a player succeeds, he or she is then the king and gets a water balloon to defend the kingdom with.






BEACH GAMES FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN

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HIDE AND SEEK

Hide sand toys in a sandbox and let the children scramble to find them. Give them sand pails to put the items in and see who can find the most.


DOGGY, DOGGY, WHERE’S YOUR BONE?

Dogs love to bury bones in the sand so why not make a game of it and add this to your beach games?

Have one child sit in a chair with his or her back turned to the rest of the children. The child in the chair is the dog.

Hide a dog bone under the chair. Now pick one of the children to go up and quietly steal the bone.

The rest of the children will then sing,

“Doggy Doggy, where’s your bone? Somebody stole it from your home.”

The dog has three chance to guess who stole the bone and if he guesses correctly, he gives up his or her seat to the one who stole the bone. If he or she doesn’t guess correctly, he or she is the dog for another round.


SAND TIP

This beach game is a blast. Balance a large bowl on a two liter soda bottle and let the children take turns adding a shovel of sand to the bowl.

If the bowl tips over on a player’s turn, he or she is out.

Play until there is only one person left who is the winner. Everyone who tries is always a winner though.


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