Have the best family vacation by doing these fun activities at the beach.
Step 1: Take pictures Make memories by giving your children a disposable camera for the day. Watch their eyes light up when you get the pictures developed. Make a scrapbook or photo album to preserve your memories.
TIP: Teach them how to protect the camera from sand and water by keeping it in a plastic bag when they're not using it.
Step 2: Look for wildlife Walk up and down the beach looking for sea life, such as snails, crabs, and starfish. Teach them how to respect the beach by not interfering with the wildlife or removing anything from its natural habitat.
Step 3: Make a rock and shell garden Bring a shoe box to the beach to make your own shell and rock garden. Put sand in the box, and add all the shells and rocks that you find. The kids can show their shell garden to their friends when they get home.
Step 4: Make shell jewelry Make one-of-a-kind shell jewelry. Explore the beach to find shells that have tiny holes in them. Have your kids string the shells onto dental floss and then tie the ends together to make a necklace or bracelet.
TIP: Paint the shells with acrylic paint before you string them.
Step 5: Make a tape Bring the relaxing, rhythmic sounds of the waves home with you by having your child stand at the water's edge and record beach sounds with a tape recorder.
Step 6: Have a treasure hunt Keep your kids amused by having a scavenger hunt. Give them boundaries, a bucket, and a list of items to find, such as a bird feather, driftwood, and a shell. The first one to find all the items wins.
Step 7: Make shell impressions Grab your sunglasses, sunscreen, and play dough when you hit the beach. Have your kids collect shells and make imprints in the dough. Have fun making this the best beach vacation ever.
FACT: As of 2010, according to the U.S. Travel Association, people traveling with children or grandchildren comprised 30 percent of all adult leisure travelers.