|Oh I do love to be beside the seaside!
Hey ho. I've read lots of good posts about ideas for things you can do at the seaside so I'm afraid I can't be very original, but here are some pics to illustrate some of the things we've enjoyed over the years:
I know, it gets everywhere! Trying to change a sandy nappy on a beach is no fun at all, but if you can put up with a bit of discomfort...
Building with it, burying each others' legs, leaving footprints in soft sand, drawing or writing in it, kids love the stuff. I've already done a post on sand play so I won't go on!
|Who made a sand spire??
|What's lurking in here?
|Would you tickle those tentacles?
|Daddy found a tiny starfish.
|Lookout! It's a massive crab!
|I caught a shrimp.
|One of us isn't kitted-out for this!
|Check out all the different colours and patterns.
|Dan's collection of "Olympit" shells.
|How high can you stack?
One of the bits of coast that's reachable for the day from us is the "Jurassic" coast around Charmouth. It's great fun to go on a fossil hunt (although I reckon it's easier to find fossils on our gravel drive!) What could be better for a small boy than being allowed to whack stones with a hammer on a beach?
|Where's that fossil, it's somewhere here...
|Tap tap, can I find a dinosaur fossil?
Paddling up and down in the shallow streams that run across the beach, using a spade to re-route them, or building a dam out of stones to make a pool is a great way to spend some time. Zac once spent ages floating little bits of grass down a stream on the beach and seeing if he could beat them to the sea.
|Phew, no monsters in here.
|A bit of rock climbing
Trying out new skills!?
The boys have had various goes at surfing, although we definitely need lessons from the cousins to master this!
|Big waves are a bit scary!
Martin also taught Zac to snorkel on holiday when he was only 4. I was impressed that he could breathe through it, and with his "floaty vest" on he was happy for Martin to tow him out to sea so that he could see the fish and corals.
|The snorkelers return.
|Not quite so appealing in the weed in Dorset!
I haven't mentioned skimming stones, having a picnic, eating icecreams, playing rounders or french cricket, digging to Australia, sunbathing with a good book (fat chance!!) I'm sure there's a million more!
|Keep your eye on that greedy seagull.
|Checking out the catch of the day.
Aaaah. I've made myself want to jump in the car and head for the nearest beach, but since it's freezing and I'm due to go into school and hear readers in half an hour, I guess it'll have to wait for another day!