Five things to find at the seaside
When you're bored of building sandcastles, there are lots of other things to do by the sea
Look at the pebbles on the beach and see if you can match them to the rocks in the nearby cliffs. Large pebbles are great for making beach art or even just for spelling out a child’s name. Collect large smooth pebbles to make paperweights when you get home. Paint them different colours to make a really personal gift.
You can have lots of fun looking for crabs in rocky pools or around harbour walls. All you need is a piece of string, bait, like a piece of bacon, and a weight to keep the bait down.
If you find empty mussel shells or other shells of the same size, collect enough to make a necklace or bracelet. Just make a small hole through the top of the shell and carefully threadle them on to a piece of ribbon.
Finding fossils that are millions of years old is really exciting for children and adults alike. The most likely places to find them is amongst the shingle that’s been washed out from cliffs but it’s also worth looking under rocks or boulders.
5 Sand and seaweed
Make a sand sculpture and decorate it with seaweed and pebbles. When you’ve finished take a photograph so you can use the shot to make your own postcards.
For the best of British seaside fun, visit Seaside Specials and for even more brilliant travel ideas see our Travel section.
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