Beach scavenger hunt
Beach days can be some of the happiest days, but what to do if the sun isn’t shining the brightest? Head to the beach for a beach scavenger hunt, of course!
It’s always fun for kids to roam free and explore their surroundings. But some days you need a little more to keep them entertained than a bucket and spade and some sun.
Even the most game-resistant tween will usually get involved in a scavenger hunt. And using our handy template (just screen-grab from your phone) even the smallest toddler hands can get involved.
Beach scavenger hunt rules
If it’s been a while since your last beach scavenger hunt, are a few suggested rules. And of course you can switch them up depending on location, age group and number of family members joining in.
1 Divide yourselves into two teams. Arm each team with the picture of the four things to find – the winner is the team with the most items in 10 minutes’ hunting.
2 Stay together – don’t let anyone wander off to try to find things on their own.
3 Don’t go beyond the tide line (especially if you forgot to pack spares and it isn’t warm enough to take your socks off!)
4 Set a time limit of an hour maximum and add to the list. Each family member chooses one item – older children may want to search for particular varieties of shells. Or add a starfish to the list and scope out some rockpools. Pendower and Porthcurnick (home to the wonderful Hidden Hut cafe) beaches on the Roseland are especially good places for starfish searching.
5 Build a sandcastle. Yes, really! It’s by far the best way to show off all your treasures.
6 Make a tideline picture. Our small ones can take a while to warm up to a treasure hunt – but then they don’t want to stop! When this happens we like to scour the flotsam and jetsam nestled among the seaweed and driftwood. All together it can make a pretty impressive picture.
Read more about our hot-weather beach adventures here.
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