Chosen Whether you’re heading to Portugal’s sunny Algarve region or are planning a family holiday on the popular Costa Brava, you’ll probably be after ways to keep the kids entertained while you’re enjoying the sun, sea and sand.
From tug of war to exciting treasure hunts, we’ve put together 10 fantastic beach games that are ideal for children of all ages.
This is the ultimate beach game that was originally invented in the Caribbean. Find a stick, a long piece of driftwood or even a pool noodle and use it as your limbo pole. Get the kids to pass under it with their backs to the ground, lowering the pole an inch every time.
2. Bucket and spade race
Instead of a good old-fashioned egg and spoon race, try out this seaside version that’ll see the kids using a spade to transport water from the ocean into a bucket further up the shore. First one to fill up their bucket wins!
3. Beach ball hot potato
Blow up a beach ball and enjoy a game of catch. Players must pass the ball on as quickly as they can or face a forfeit.
4. Burying in the sand
You can’t go to a sunny beach without burying someone in the sand! Whether the kids cover each other or grandad, this is a game that never fails to entertain. Make it even more thrilling by putting a time limit on how long they have to bury someone.
5. Marco Polo
This is the ideal beach game to play in shallow water or on a clear patch of sand. Get one child to close their eyes (or loosely blindfold them) before they shout out ‘Marco!’ and listen out for the other players’ replies.
6. Beach treasure hunt
Put a beachy twist on a classic treasure hunt by challenging your children to find coastal items like shells, driftwood, seaweed and pebbles. First one to find everything gets a prize!
7. Beach frisbee
Throwing a frisbee across the sand is a great beach game for all the family (and the dog!) to enjoy. Pack one in your suitcase and then find a clear patch of beach.
8. Tug of war
You don’t need a rope handy for this version of tug of war. Simply tie a few beach towels together, divide your group into two teams (adults versus kids can be fun!) and then draw a line in the sand as your starting point.
9. Sandcastle competition
Sometimes you just can’t beat building a sandcastle. Get each child in your group to work on their own creation and give out little treats for the most innovative structures.
10. Boat race
Take some string to the beach and task your kids with building mini boats out of tied together sticks or driftwood. Test them out in the shallows or dig and fill up a narrow river facing towards the sea to race them down.
On the lookout for a great campsite that’s right on the beach? Check out our current Canvas Holiday options, from Camping Residence Village in Venice that has direct access to a wide golden beach to Camping La Plage d’Argens on the glorious Côte d’Azur.
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