These days while on the beach I am no longer relaxing in my beach chair as my toes melt into the sand, I’m happily chasing after a small tot who is inquisitive about everything. So I decided it was time to go back into my vault of ‘teachable moments’ and catalog some activity gems and random factoids that I used as ‘fillers’ to engage – not only children, but also many adults – while on beachcombing walks, snorkeling excursions, or summer camp lessons.
I hope you find these 10 Beachcombing Adventures as mere forms of mild edutainment to help you and your children to gain more awareness about your surroundings. Each section is also peppered with some facts in case your little explorer has a case of the curiosities. Additionally, I hope you continue to engage in exploration and you and your family are inspired to enact conservation tenets at home and maybe even share those skills with your neighbors!
One last item to remember while going through this book, “Take only pictures, leave only footprints”. The activities are meant to happen while exploring on the beach so please use your best judgment and please do not disturb live animals or plants.
“Children are born with a sense of wonder and an affinity for Nature. Properly cultivated, these values can mature into ecological literacy, and eventually into sustainable patterns of living.” – Zenobia Barlow, “Confluence of Streams”