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Summer Beach Vacation - How to Stop the Kids From Getting Bored
No matter what type of vacations you and your family enjoy – whether it is skiing vacations, or visiting cultural heritage sites, make sure you take your family on a seaside vacation in the summertime.
Close your eyes and listen to the cry of the seagull above the incessant swish-swish noise of the final breaths of the huge oceanic swells as they break softly against the shore-line as gentle waves.
If you live in a city, this will seem like Heaven to you, especially if you choose a quiet resort far from the madding crowd, where few people go and you can enjoy the wonders of nature in relative solitude.
Activities for the Kids
The kids don’t need to be bored.
When they get fed up swimming , and laughing and splashing each other, they can go snorkelling.
Equip them with a cheap snorkelling mask and flippers, and they’ll have a whale of a time face downwards in the water watching and learning about the native sea-life – from tiny crabs, to hermit crabs that scuttle across the ocean bed in tiny shells, to the tiny inshore-water fish in their various forms and colors.
Things to do with Shells
On the beach, teach them to recognise the various shells left behind by the tide, and perhaps even start a shell collection.
If your child shows artistic tendencies, you can encourage them to turn their shell collections into works of art, by gluing them to boards, and with the use of oil paints turn them into attractive ornaments for the home.
Another simple thing to do is to take a plain glass jar, cover with a layer of Plaster of Paris, then before it dries, press all the small beach shells, and any small colored glass fragments washed in by the tide until the whole jar is covered (not the base).
Leave it until it is completely dry, and then apply a layer of clear varnish over the whole surface. This brings out the natural colors of the shells and glass and leaves the same sheen that wet shells have.
If you have any fancy shaped bottles in the house, you can drill a hole in the bottom, let the kids decorate the bottle in the style described above, then add lamp fittings and you will have the most beautiful and unique lamp.
Go Crab fishing
Help the kids knock the limpet shells off any sea-rock, and use as bait by tying them to near the end of a length of string, with a stone tied at the end to act as a weight.
With this simple home-made piece of equipment, your children can have hours of fun catching crabs in any rocky inlet.
Providing them with a plastic pail can allow them to ‘collect’ their crabs – which will be unhurt if kept in seawater, and returned to the sea at the end of their play.
Tire the kids out with play
Encourage your children to play ball games on the beach when it comes nearer to bed time.
Not only will all the running around use up the last of their energy, the fresh sea air has a wonderful way of tiring them out completely, so when you return to your holiday cottage/hotel/boarding house, the children will be desperate to eat and then go straight to bed to sleep, ready for another fun-filled day.
Children like to make sandcastles, but in my experience they can spend a whole day making the most fantastic castle that any fairy story would be proud off, and then either another child stamps it into nothingness, or the tide comes in and washes it away.
This is usually so disappointing to the child who has taken so much care to build it in the first place that they have no wish to repeat their one day's effort, and so they need another outlet to maintain their energy and interest for the rest of their holiday.
I hope something on this page will have been of use.
It goes without saying that not only should you lather your children in sun cream to protect their delicate skin from the harsher rays of the sun, but you should drum into them the importance of repeat applications, especially after they have been in the water for some time. The sun’s rays are magnified by not only the sun reflecting off the sea, but by the sea salts blown in the air. You should find that after a few days your children’s skin will have turned brown and the risk of damage by burning has significantly diminished.
If your child is fair-skinned, it is a good idea to cover-up with a t-shirt or other light material, and enourage the use of sun-hats where-ever practical.