The beach is one of the ultimate outdoor playgrounds for children. The combination of sand, water and sensual experiences; summer or winter you’ll find our globetrotters ready for a splash and a play as soon as we can see the sea!
From sandcastle building to hole digging, experimenting with the way sand and the water move, we’re sharing all our favourite beach toy discoveries across the different age groups.
This post is part of our tried and tested travel product series and our favourite accessories for the beach
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This entertaining and colourful eighteen piece beach sand toy set, made of BPA-free plastic is the perfect starting point for any family trip to the beach. This sand toy set consists of a bucket, two shovels, three rakes, two sand sifters and a watering can, perfect for making fun and creative shaped sculptures. We love that it comes with its own handy mesh carrying bag with shoulder straps.
This one is for your sandcastle masters. When you want to move beyond your basic turrets, this four-piece sandcastle set is your next challenge. Made of rigid plastic so they should last (a few trips to the beach at least!), these castle moulds easily stack inside each other for easy storage and transport and are sure to add some wow factor to your family’s beach building skills!
Now any professional sandcastle building family will know that sometimes the shovel that comes in a comprehensive beach play set simply doesn’t cut it for those slightly larger beach creations.
For those ready to level up their hole digging and sandcastle building skills, you’ll need to invest in some longer and sturdier sand shovels. This set of three 14-inches sturdy plastic long-handled scoops are an ideal addition to your beach kit.
Are the kids sick of sandcastle making? Well, let’s introduce them to sand baking! Another brilliant Melissa & Doug invention, measuring cups and mixing bowls will have your little ones cooking you up a sandy treat in no time!
This seven-piece sand baking set consists of three shells shaped measuring cups, octopus whisk, crab mixing spoon, and a mixing bowl. The turtle lid on the mixing bowl doubles as a filter. Lot’s of creative new beach ideas to be had.
Perfect for your little ones who love to explore sand and water at work on the beach. Kids can pour water or sand through this whimsical tower of sea creatures, then watch as the different layers funnel, tip, spin, and sift.
The cheerful colours and sea creature decorations add to the fun, and the carry handle makes it easy to bring along on your next trip to the beach.
Ball games are a wonderful family activity for the beach. Skip Fun Bouncer Balls are ideal as not only do they skim along the water, they float so you should have no problem finding your balls if they go astray. In a handy mesh carry bag, each of the two packs comes with one Green/Blue and one Orange/Black.
Ready for a water battle? These cute little shooters are small but effective for a junior family skirting game. They are super lightweight and easy to refill, just point aim and squirt!
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Perfect for your little princesses (and if you can allow the space with all your other beach essentials!) this bumper fourteen-piece sand toy set comes complete with its own beach wagon to pull all your sand sculpting kit along.
Inside you’ll find five unique castle moulds, a sand wheel, water pail and play tools, all perfect for your kids next sand masterpiece! The wagon base measures 14 inches x 10 inches x 7 inches, and the handle extends 13 inches. Not ideal for a parent to pull but should work well from a more competent toddler + or preschool-aged child.
A fairly new addition to our beach bag now the kids are a little bit older are kites! Work with the breeze to enjoy hours of fun along the beach. Coming in a twin pack, there are five colourful critters to choose from, alongside a rainbow kite.
Made of nylon fabric and strong and flexible fibreglass rods, these kites are easy to assemble, simple to launch and come with 100m of string.
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Looking to have a little downtime after a hard day of digging, throwing and creating? Your older kids will love to sit back on the family beach blanket with a card game on the beach. Uno Splash has become one of our absolute favourites by the pool or by the beach as the cards are sturdy and waterproof and come with a handy clip to hold them together after play.
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More tips taking your kids to the beach
As well as fun in the sun, don’t forget these important tips for taking your kids to the beach:
- Staying hydrated – encourage your kids to take regular drinks, preferably water not juices and fizzy drinks. Keeping water in an insulated family cooler or the kids own insulated bottles will help keep it cool and refreshing.
- Use a pop up beach tent – yes OK, I know it’s more gear but beach tents really are invaluable extra sun protection, especially for your little ones. We have a great range of ideas here from baby pods to larger family beach tents.
- Stay out of the sun altogether during the peak heat of the day, at least 11 am to 3 pm in the middle of summer. Beach time should be saved for mornings and evenings.
- Wear UPF 50+ sunscreen all the time (and don’t forget to reapply during the day), reef safe is always best for the beach.
- Wear full sleeve rashies and sun hats when playing on the beach.
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Any other favourite sand and beach toys you think we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments
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