Waterfront Activities: No Extra Equipment Needed

This is the fourth post in my No Extra Equipment Needed series; a series that highlights outdoor activities that don't require any extra equipment. I am challenging myself and helping my kids develop their creativity and imaginations. 

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.
  1. 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. 
  2. Shell or rock collecting competition - see who can find the biggest (that they can carry), smallest, most unique, etc. shell or rock. 
    Waterfront Activities: No Extra Equipment Needed
  3. Sculptures - my sister created a turtle just using her hands and a stick. The possibilities are endless. Try decorating the sculptures with natural objects. 
  4. 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. 
    Waterfront Activities: No Extra Equipment Needed
    We didn't see any sea turtles but I had fun talking about why it is important to protect their habitat. 
  5. Target practice - draw three nesting circles and toss shells or rocks to see who can hit the center. 
  6. Towel tag - the person who is "it" uses a rolled up towel to throw and "tag" other players. 
  7. 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. 
  8. 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. 
  9. Make a sundial using a stick and rocks or shells and teach your kids to tell time the old fashioned way. 
  10. Make a volcano
  11. Fun faces in the sand or dirt then position your shadow over them. See picture above. 
  12. Make a fort using sticks and towels. 
  13. Have a sand or mud fight. Easy clean up afterwards. 
  14. Leaf matching - pick up a leaf off the ground and find the plant it belongs to. 
  15. Skipping rocks.
  16. Watch the sunrise or set. Better yet, bring bring breakfast or a special snack. 
  17. Can you find any plants that live in the water
  18. Make a sand angel instead of a snow angel. 
Bonus: Don't forget goggles and a snorkel, there is always something interesting to see in the water and they don't take up much room.

What are you favorite activities for the water?

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