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23 June 2014

6 games and activities for families to enjoy on the beach

With the school summer holidays drawing ever-nearer and the weather looking like it could be rather promising in the South West while families visit luxury holiday cottages in Cornwall there’s no doubt that the region’s beaches will be full of visitors enjoying the award-winning coastline. As all parents will know, an essential part of a day at the beach is keeping the younger members of the family amused in order for the grown-ups to have a more relaxed day. We like to think that we can help with this as we have put together a list of easy and entertaining beach activities and games for children and families to enjoy on the beach.

Take a look at our list here:

1 Musical Towels

Most people will be aware of the concept of musical chairs but have you ever played it on the beach with towels?! This game is an ideal activity for family members of any age to take part in. Lay down beach towels in a circle as you would for musical chairs and get the music ready!

2 Flip-Flop Throw

A very easy game almost anyone can have a go at. Just draw a line in the sand and let everyone have a go at throwing their flip flop as far as they can. The winner is the person who throws their flip flop the furthest, or why not make up a score system and then play over a several rounds to decide on an overall winner.

3 Sands Darts

Make yourself a big darts board in the sand then use the pebbles or shells on the beach as your darts. You can devise your own way of scoring points which is good for the younger members to help with their maths. To make the game as fair as possible older children and adults have to stand further away.

4 Beach Volleyball

Bring your official net or draw a court in the sand, the choice is yours. The good thing about having a game of volleyball is that you can play with 2 - 8 players. Get your teams in place and away you go!

5 Channel race

2 buckets and 2 ping pong balls and two teams of 2 or more players is all you need for this one. Each team makes a channel in the sand of equal size then they put the ping pong ball in the channel at the same end. Players from both team then fill up their buckets with water as fast as they can and pour it into their channel to get their ping pong ball to float from one end of the channel to the other. The team whose gets their ball get to the other end first is declared the winner.

6 Fill the bucket

This is super game for families who have two or more children or if you are holidaying with friends who also have children. Select two teams and make sure they both have a bucket and a plastic cup. The game starts with the first player from each team running to the sea and filling up their plastic cups. They must then run back and pour the water out of the cup and into their teams bucket. They then pass the cup to the next player in line on their team who does repeats the process. The team to totally fill their bucket with water first wins the game.

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