Beach Activities

Going to the shore with a two year old requires a little more creativity than taking a baby. Aside from all the sand castle build accouterments, there are still plenty of hours where a little body needs to be occupied. This is especially true of our little girl who is used to lots of independent play. While her imaginary friends are easy to pack, some of her other favorite toys (i.e. her kitchen) won't be joining us.

Since we have also recently clued in to the fact that screen time can cause sleep issues for Tabitha, I decided to do a little homeschooling on our vacation this year. Trust me, this isn't hard core anything! It basically requires a library card, a printer, and a few extra minutes. Wanna see what I packed?


  • Crayons
  • Do-A-Dot Paint
  • Sketchbook and paper
  • Some stickers
  • Ocean Animal themed tot activities found here
  • Books from the Library
    • Beachcomber by Jim Arnosky
    • Ladybug Girl At the Beach by David Soman and Jacky Davis
    • Splashing by the Shore: Beach Activities for Kids by Lisa Mullarkey
    • Looking Closely Along the Shore by Frank Serafini
    • What if? by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
    • Miranda's Beach Day by Holly Keller
    • Curious George audio CD (for the car ride!)
I'm particularly interested to use Beachcomber, Looking Closely Along the Shore, and Splashing by the Shore: Beach Activities for Kids to give more science and exploration to our daily escapades on the beach. As for the Tot activities... we'll see how much she gets into them. At the very least it will be nice for her to have some activities to do first thing in the morning while we get ready.

What fun and educational things do you take on vacation with you?

~Kristin

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