Friday, January 8, 2016

A Fun Toddler Beach Activity

The weather has well and truly warmed up and the Australian Summer is in full force! You know what that means, don't you? It's beach season!

We are lucky enough to live in a seaside town where the girls can enjoy going to the beach all year round, however as you'd expect, we visit the beach just that bit more in the warmer seasons.

There are so many ways to play and explore at the beach, most which require zero preparation and no tools. We will quite often make an impromptu visit to the beach after grocery shopping and the girls both enjoy the beach with no toys or tools by simply splashing in the water, building sandcastles with their hands, collecting shells and drawing with sticks.

It's nice though, to occasionally surprise the girls with a new beach activity. The activity I'm going to share with you is a great one if you find yourself normally steering clear of messy play-because it's at the beach the mess is easy to wash away!

On this particular trip to the beach I decided on a whim to add the girls fingerpaints to the beach bag. I had no idea if they'd work or even if the girls would be interested in trying them out.

Both girls were eager to have a turn when they discovered I'd brought the paints. Bubbles found the paint frustrating, we decided to paint the sand and the paints simply became thick sandy goo as she tried to draw on the sand.

Not one to be defeated, Bubbles decided to wet the sand and see if that would help. It did to some extent but Bubbles soon lost interest as she couldn't paint a picture. Squiggles on the other hand LOVED this activity!

She loved exploring the texture of the paint as she dipped it into the dry sand and then painting herself. She spent almost our whole beach trip simply painting the sand and exploring the different way the fingerpaints reacted to the different surfaces on the beach-dry sand, wet sand, skin, rock, shell.

My favourite part of the whole activity, as a mum who struggles with messy play, was that when it came time to leave I simply took Squiggles for a paddle in the water to clean off!

For more like this check out this post about the girls favourite beach toy-it's not what you'd expect!
Please always supervise your infant/child at play.  Please stay within arms reach and never leave infants/children unattended.  You know you're infant/child best, use your own judgement-considering your infant/child's temperament, habits, behaviour and development before you play with a new play medium.

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