How to Keep Kids Busy at the Beach Fun Beach Activities for Kids

It’s summer and that means trips to the beach!  Here are a list of ideas to keep kids entertained while spending the day at the beach.
Beach Activities
  1. Beach Relay- This is a fun activity to do with 2 or more children. Materials: 2 large beach buckets and 2 cups.

Place the beach buckets a distance away from the water.  Split children up into even teams and have them stand a couple feet away from the beach buckets. Give the first two children on line a cup.  The children run to the water and fill up their cup then run back to the bucket and pour the water in.  Have them give the next child on line the cup and repeat.  The first team with their bucket filled is the winner.

2Plaster of Paris Beach Casting Project.  This is a fun activity to do with children of all ages.

3. Fly  a kite.

  4. Play catch.

5.  Search for shells and rocks. Take your shells and rocks home to paint.  They make great outdoor decorations.  You can also add a magnet to small shells and rocks and put them on your refrigerator.  You can also glue shells together to make sculptures.

6.  Take a walk and explore the beach.

7. Take turns burying each other.  This is a fun activity if you don’t mind getting a little sandy.  Just make sure you keep sand away from the face.

8.  Make sand angels. Everyone’s heard of snow angels but what about sand angels.  Just lay in the sand and move your arms and legs back and forth.  Sand up and you will see a wonderful sand angel.  Add shells and rocks to make a face on your angel and to decorate.

9.  Build sandcastles.  This is a classic and great beach activity and will keep kids busy for a while.  Just don’t forget to bring the beach buckets and shovels.

10.  Dig a deep hole.  This is a fun activity that will take a while.  Give each child a shovel and tell them to dig as deep and they can. If your hole is not too far from the water you may be able to dig until you reach water!

11.  Have a dance party- Bring an ipod or battery operated radio to the beach and have the kids dance to their favorite songs.  You can also play freeze dance.

   12.  Search for sticks and have kids write their names or phrases in the sand.

  13.  Go on a scavenger hunt.  Make a list of items kids must find on the beach (i.e different types of shells and rocks, sticks, beach glass, seaweed, etc…).  Give each child a bag or bucket and send them to look for the items.


Things to bring with you to have a great day at the beach
  1. Sunscreen – we don’t want anyone to get a sunburn!
  2. Beach Blanket– I always bring one for me and one for the kids.  I try to keep mine sand free!
  3. Radio– Music always makes the day better.
  4. Snacks, drinks and lunch– The worst thing is to hear kids complain that their hungry and thirsty.  Food at the beach can be very expensive.  Try brining lunch.
  5. Cooler with ice– Need to keep those snacks, drinks and lunch cool.
  6. Towels and a couple of extra towels– Kids get sandy and so do their towels.  I always bring 1-2 extra towels that I keep in the beach bag until we leave.  It’s best to have a nice clean towel to clean the kids off when we are ready to leave.
  7. Beach buckets and toys-  You want to keep those kids busy.


Enjoy your day at the beach!



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100th Day of School Projects for Kids

It’s that time of year again, the 100th day of school!  With the 100th day of school comes 100th day of school projects and homework assignments.  Are you racking your brain to find a creative but easy project to do with your child?  Don’t worry at Kids Play and Create we’ve got you covered.  Check out the list below of simple and creative 100th day of school projects.


Fill in Projects:

Most school assignments want kids to take a piece of oaktag or other large paper write 100 on the paper and outline it with 100 items.  If this is the assignment your child needs to do here is a list of items that can be used to fill up their 100. 

Cheerios or any other cereal that is circular

Stickers               Mini Marshmallows         Small Erasers             Craft Gems                  (available at craft stores)

Paper Clips          Skittles                                Candy Hearts                Googey Eyes        Different color tissue paper

Gummy Bears        Buttons                              Beads                              Tooth Picks         Jellybeans             Sunflower seeds              Craft Sticks/popsicle sticks

  M&Ms                           Pennies                           Cotton Balls               Cotton Swabs        Bottle caps                   Shells

Goldfish                     Marbles                         Pretzels                        Hershey Kisses      Matchbox Cars     Small figurines             Small Sticky Notes  Feathers

Sugar Packets (Domino sells a 100 pack box)



Creative Projects:

Need to do a little more than fill in a 100 on a piece of paper?  Check out these ideas below

100 Fingerprints

A stamp pad is required

Have your child draw a 100 in pencil on their paper. Using the stamp pad have you child make 100  fingerprints and thumbprints around the 100 they drew on their paper.  Don’t want to write 100 on your paper no problem just make 100 fingerprints and thumbprints anywhere on your paper.



Cotton Balls are required.

On a big piece of paper or oaktag have your child draw a big snowman.  Have them fill in the snowman with 100 cotton balls.


Candy Jar

Gum Balls or buttons optional jar

This project can be done two ways.

1. on a large piece of paper or oaktag have your child draw a large jar.  Have them fill in the jar with colorful buttons to represent gum balls or glue on real gum balls.

2. You can use a real jar and fill it with 100 gum balls or buttons.


100 Snowflakes

White paint or white paper and scissors required

This project can be done two ways

Have your child draw a winter scene on their paper example snowman, polar bear, forest etc…

Here are your two options:  1. Paint 100 snowflakes on their paper or if you want a challenge 2. Have your child make 100 small snowflakes using scissors and white paper then glue them on the paper.  This will take a little time but comes out really nice. You can also add a little glitter to make them sparkle.


Teachers Apple

Red M&Ms required

Have your child draw large apple on their paper or oak tag.  Fill in the apple with red M&Ms.


Math Facts 

100 small pieces of paper or small sticky notes required.

In this project kids with not only complete their 100th day of school assignment they will also practice their Math facts!

Have your child draw 100 in bubble letter form on their large paper or oaktag.  On each of the smaller pieces of paper have your children write math facts with sums that equal 100 (example  50 +50=100, 110-10=100 etc…)


Teddy Bear

Gummy Bears required

Have your child draw a large teddy bear on their paper or oaktag.  Have your child fill in the bear with 100 gummy bears.


Skittles Rainbow

Skittles required

Have your child draw a large rainbow on their paper. Have your child fill in the colors of the rainbow using 100 skittles.  Example if you make the first color  red the first line of your rainbow should be filled in with all red skittles.


Pizza Topping 

For this project have your child draw a large piece of pizza on their paper or oaktag.  Easiest way to have them make it to draw a large triangle then turn it upside down.  On the pizza have them draw 100 toppings such as pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers etc…


20 Activities for you and your Toddler

Toddlers are constantly exploring and learning new things.  It’s a fun and exciting time.  Playing with your toddler helps them develop their language, fine motor cognitive skills and more.  Here are a list of 20 games and activities for you and your toddler. 

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Fun ideas on How to Keep Kids Entertained

All parents and caregivers have heard it before “I’m bored”  and “there is nothing to do.” We dread these words because kids are going to look to us to give them something to do. Out of ideas, don’t know what to do? Have no fear kids play and create is here and we’ve come up with a list of great ideas and activities on how to keep kids entertained. [Read more…]