Thursday, June 21, 2018

What to do with a Toddler at the Beach


If you follow along with me on Instagram or my Facebook page, then you may have seen some pictures from our beach trip last Friday! {If you aren't following me, click those links above and follow along! Leave a comment and I'd love to follow you back!} We had a free day that was full of sunshine, so we decided to pack up a lunch and our outdoor gear and check off one of our summer bucket list items. Galveston Beach is just over an hour from our house and is a fun little getaway. Many Houstonians seem to hate or have bad things to say about Galveston, but I honestly believe it's because they haven't been in quite a long time. I really enjoy going for a day or weekend every year. The water may not be blue, but that's the Mississippi River's fault not Galveston's! These days the beaches are seaweed free and so much work has gone into giving Galveston more life.


I mean just look at that sand! No seaweed or trash that people always seem to complain about. I'm telling you Galveston has been making a come back for the last few years. Plus, it's a beach and not everyone has access to a beach just about an hour away.

I thought that it would be more fun to share with y'all fun things to do with a toddler at the beach instead of just sharing pictures of us at the beach. I mean, I know we're super cute and all, but some people are hesitant to take their little ones for fear they won't like it, won't want to be there, have a bad experience, etc. Toddlers can be super finicky and you never know what they're going to like or if they're going to have a good day. Luckily for us, it was a pretty good day for Chlo. She wasn't too keen on taking pictures, but we got them anyway!


Build a sandcastle
If your toddler isn't a fan of the water or if the ocean water seems a bit overwhelming to them, start off playing in the sand! It's less intimidating and getting dirty is always fun. If you don't already have some, invest in some fun sand toys. Buckets, shovels, strainers, shapes to fill with sand, etc. The good thing is that you can get these from a dollar store! It doesn't have to be fancy. I recommend bringing extra shovels because your toddler may not want to share with you, but you may be pretty invested in the building of the sandcastle.

Make sure to dig a big hole and fill it up with water! You can bring your toddler to the edge of the water with a bucket to get some water to fill the hole to introduce them to the ocean and waves. Plus the muddy water is fun and it's neat to watch it disappear.


Pack a picnic lunch
Food is important! Not just to a pregnant lady, but a toddler too. Be sure to pack lots of your toddlers favorite snacky foods. Fruits, chips, Goldfish, cookies, crackers, more fruit, juice boxes, PB&J, anything else your toddler loves. For us, watermelon was a must!

JP got this awesome little table in the picture below for Christmas from my mom, and it's so awesome. {Here's a link to the A&M one on Amazon, but they have tons of collegiate, NFL and solids to choose from if you're interested.} I had to share this because we kind of forgot that we had it, and this was the perfect opportunity to use it! Y'all, it has cupholders. Do you know how great that is at the windy beach? The chairs and table were perfect so that we could eat our food farther from the sand and I could sit in a chair for at least a little bit!


Go on a walk along the shore
I love going on walks, but Chloe is usually in her stroller. Walking on the beach is a much slower pace and your toddler can walk along with you! You can stroll along the sand where the water occasionally rolls up over your feet. You can hold hands and run and jump together. You can kick the water and chase the seagulls. It's also a great way to start introducing your toddler to the water if they're intimidated at all by it. Chloe is a fish and took to the water right away, but I know not all kids are the same!


Play jump the waves
One of Chloe's favorite things to do was to go out in the water and jump the waves with her daddy. She kept head butting my belly on accident, so I left the heavy lifting to JP. As each wave rolled around, JP would count to 3 and tell Chloe to jump. Then he'd lift her up and over the waves. She thought it was So. Much. Fun! It also allowed up to gradually get a little bit farther out into the water.


Cover your legs with wet sand
Something I loved doing as a kid was sitting where the water occasionally meets the wet sand and covering your legs with the muddy sand until the water comes to wash it away. For starters, its a great way to exfoliate your legs if you rub it in a little each handful you place on them. It's really fun for your little one because they're getting covered in mud without getting in trouble! Every so often, the water will come up and wash most of the sand away. When that happens, I recommend scooting over a bit or your going to have a very uncomfortable place to sit as the sand washes away from your booty cheeks!


Collect seashells and other treasures
Walk along to find fun shells and other treasures along the shore. You can do this when you're going on your walk or when you need a break from building your sandcastle. Sometimes you have to walk a little farther down the shore where there are less people on the beach to find the good shells! Once you collect them, you can decorate your sandcastle or save some of the good ones to take home!


Now that you have some fun ideas of what to do, make sure you know what to bring!

Make sure to pack:

  • a blanket
  • chairs, table, umbrella {if you have them}
  • a cooler with plenty of snacks and drinks
  • sand toys: buckets, shovels, strainers, mesh bags, sand forms
  • boogie board
  • lots of sunscreen
  • a hat
  • towels {bring extras}
  • change of clothes
  • goggles {if your kids like/need them}
  • anything else you think you may need!

There you have it! There are so many fun things to do at the beach even if your kiddos are younger and not able to run into the ocean and body surf the waves on their own. We had so much fun taking Chloe down to Galveston for the day, and I know that she had an amazing time too. We spent about 4 hours on the beach which was a good amount of time for Chloe. If you'll be at the beach for vacation and have quick access to a house or hotel, be sure to plan for naptime! Being in the sun and constantly playing will make for a good long afternoon nap or an early bedtime.

We loved our beach day, so I hope y'all do to! This was a check off of our summer bucket list before baby brother arrives and I'm kind of hoping that we have the time to do it again!

What are your favorite things to do at the beach?
Do your little ones love or hate the water?


You might also enjoy...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...