- Build Castles: The obvious. Our trips to the ocean were quite short, so we enjoyed the water and didn't do much building. But in the fall it's the perfect time to dig in. Don't just build castles, you can build cities, animals, and abstract things!
- Fly a Kite: Magical for little ones and just plain fun for older kids, a windy fall day is great for flying a kite at the beach. You can even make your own if you've got time on your hands.
- Have a Picnic: A crisp sunny day is perfect for a picnic at the beach, bring your picnic basket or fill a cooler with sandwiches, pie, and fruit. Even better if you end the day with the following...
- Make S'mores: A fall evening calls for a warm fire and some s'mores. At least roasting marshmallows. The organic ones of course, no GMO corn syrup :) Please pass the fair trade dark chocolate and the organic graham crackers [wink]. Just make sure to check first if bonfires are allowed at the beaches in your area.
- Gather Shells: Baby E is obsessed with gathering driftwood, shells, and rocks. I remember myself in my childhood years, I loved it as well. These are perfect to incorporate in making crafts. You can make beach themed wreaths to hang on your door next summer. Great activity for those rainy days you are stuck at home anyway.
- Hunt for Crabs: Perhaps most fun for boys, but girls may join in too. Take your buckets and go scavenging for little crawlers (Baby E loves her Green Toys bucket). Homeschoolers: check off the natural science box.
- Stargaze: Tempting to do this with your spouse and no kids, but they would love it too. Just for fun or for studying the night sky with chart and flashlights in hand. You could even camp out for the night, just make sure not to put the tent too close to the water at low tide!
- Photo Session: The beach is the perfect background for family and child photos. Especially an empty one! The best time is just before sunset for the most amazing light and glowing skin. (So doing this now that we actually have a camera that's worth the trip)
- Watch the sunrise/sunset: Depending on which coast you live on, the beach is the perfect spot for watching the sun rise or set. This is best with older kids who aren't cranky when woken up early or stay up late and depend on a schedule.
- Draw: Who doesn't love drawing in the sand? It's a great way for kids young and old to practice their letters and numbers as well.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
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Anastasia is a mom of two who loves to spend time with her family, travel, homeschool, read, and run her photography business. She is a life-long learner and small business owner who loves to share her parenting experiences with others. She resides with her family north of Boston.