Parent Watercooler: 5 Tips for an Unforgettable Day at the Beach

May 22, 2012 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador
These creative play tips for beach-time fun
are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written
by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington.

Keep the light of curiosity alive!   -Zina

Grab the sunscreen, let’s roll!
Playing in the sandbox is a blast, but going to the beach opens the door to a world of possibilities. Here are five tips for an unforgettable day at the beach:

Tips for the Beach | Let's Lasso the Moon

Happy Giddy Pail (for sand or water): Sunny Patch by Melissa & Doug1. Bring a variety of tools. Any sand toy from the Sunny Patch Collection will ensure a creative day. Don’t underestimate the power of a simple bucket like the Happy Giddy Pail (pictured left). It lets the imagination run free! Bringing a variety of items in your beach tote, including plastic recyclables, allows your child to share “toys” with other children worry-free.

2. Let your child be the general contractor. Let your child be in control. Experimenting with different building techniques and failing can be an educational blast. Resist the urge to direct; rather smile and be the assistant for the day.

3. Keep them protected. Make sure everyone has on a base layer of water-resistant sunscreen before you leave the house, so the kids can hit the sand as soon as you get to the beach! Once the kids are sandy, applying lotion can be challenging–so keep spray sunscreen on hand for hassle-free protection.
Remember the sun screen!

4. Let them rest and relax. Playing in the sun can be draining. Let your child rest. Avoid beach meltdowns by ensuring everyone stays hydrated, including yourself. Kids can get ravenous at the beach, so having snacks on hand instantly makes you a hero. Nothing is better than fresh, cool fruit if you have time to prepare a small cooler. Crackers and other munchies always go over well, too.
Let them rest & relax

5. Go beyond building a castle; build a community. Creating multiple small dwellings connected by small waterways is a great way to get a group of children to cooperate. If you are at the beach with a single child, it is a great way to meet friends. I guarantee other children will ask if they can help, too!
Build a sand community

Where is your favorite beach? Do you prefer to relax on the ocean or on a lake?

Let’s chat in the comments.


Zina from Let's Lasso the MoonZina Harrington is the author of Let’s Lasso the Moon, where she inspires parents and children to interact creatively and enjoy the beauty of everyday moments. Visit Zina at, say “Hi” on Facebook or check her out on Pinterest!

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. amy  |  May 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    make sure you take baby powder and a BIG make up brush to get the sand off in a non hurtful way. Put Baby powder on any wet sand (between toes and else where) Make sure you put alot on–then use the brush to gentle sweep it off, do it until it is all off. We live about an hour from the Colorado Sand dunes and use it every time!

    • 2. Zina :: Let's Lasso the Moon  |  May 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Amy, love this tip. I am going to have to try it out this summer. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • 3. Zina :: Let's Lasso the Moon  |  May 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Same here Rebekah! We actually bring a small camping shovel to the beach for digging sometimes. It is always a hoot.

  • 4. Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam  |  May 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    We love the beach. I wish we lived closer to one, but we sure appreciate the times we do get to spend at the beach. My daughter’s favorite thing is to dig really big holes and try to fill them with water.

  • 5. Tools for a Creative Beach Mama | Lasso the Moon  |  May 22, 2012 at 9:31 am

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