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Even though it’s hot (and sand gets stuck in his feathers), Izzy thinks a day at the beach is “coo-cool.” Here are a few additional activities you can add for even more beach fun.

Rocks on beach

What you need

  • pail
  • recycled egg cartons

What you do

  1. Make a collection - Armed with a pail, let your child scour the shore for interesting objects—different kinds of shells and pebbles, seaweed and beach glass (only if it has smooth edges). Back at the blanket, let your child sort the treasures into categories. Help him or her pick the best examples of each kind. Egg cartons are a great display space for new collections.

  2. Be a tracker - Tell your child that one way to learn more about animals is to be able to find them by following their tracks. Today he or she will be “tracking” you. Start by making straight trail in sand moist enough to create footprints. Can your child follow the trail? Now make a harder one, perhaps with a few circles in it. Can he or she do it now? If so, you can keep increasing the complexity, having new footprints cross over a previous part of the trail.

  3. Play beach darts - Draw a dartboard in the sand with three concentric circles. Each person takes a turn by throwing 3 stones at the dartboard. Keeping score is fun, so is just trying to get the stones into the smallest circles near the middle.

Some more fun beach facts to share:

  • Sand is shell and rock that have been worn down by nature into tiny grains.

  • Sand is the major ingredient used to make glass.

  • One of the world's tallest sand castles was built on Myrtle Beach in South Carolina in 2007. It was almost 50 feet high, about 6 times taller than your living room. It took 10 days to construct and used 300 truckloads of sand.


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