I didn't grow up in Florida but I consider it my home. I grew up out west in the mountains and it was a little bit of a culture shock moving to Florida. The first thing I grew to love in Florida were the trees; no surprise there. And the second was the water.
Whether the beach, the many lakes and rivers or, my personal favorite, natural springs; the waterfront in Florida is beautiful. It is the best way to spend hot summer days. So whether you are in Florida or any other place near water, here a 18 waterfront activities: No Extra Equipment Needed.
- Tic-Tac-Toe - draw lines in the sand or mud and use natural materials (rocks, sticks, shells, etc.) for the x's and o's.
- Shell or rock collecting competition - see who can find the biggest (that they can carry), smallest, most unique, etc. shell or rock.
- Sculptures - my sister created a turtle just using her hands and a stick. The possibilities are endless. Try decorating the sculptures with natural objects.
- Bug or animal hunt - can you find any new-to-you bugs or animals? Try digging in the sand or dirt to see what creatures live there.
We didn't see any sea turtles but I had fun talking about why it is important to protect their habitat.
- Target practice - draw three nesting circles and toss shells or rocks to see who can hit the center.
- Towel tag - the person who is "it" uses a rolled up towel to throw and "tag" other players.
- Pick up trash - my family's rule growing up was to leave a place cleaner that we found it. I am teaching my kids the same principle.
- Leaf races - find or pick your favorite leaf. If at the river, race the leaves along the river's edge. If at the beach or lake, dig a canal for leaf races.
- Make a sundial using a stick and rocks or shells and teach your kids to tell time the old fashioned way.
- Make a volcano.
- Fun faces in the sand or dirt then position your shadow over them. See picture above.
- Make a fort using sticks and towels.
- Have a sand or mud fight. Easy clean up afterwards.
- Leaf matching - pick up a leaf off the ground and find the plant it belongs to.
- Skipping rocks.
- Watch the sunrise or set. Better yet, bring bring breakfast or a special snack.
- Can you find any plants that live in the water?
- Make a sand angel instead of a snow angel.
What are you favorite activities for the water?