Our Top 5 Beach Games to Play with Children


Beach games are so much fun. If you’re one of the lucky families to live near the beach but finding that your children get bored after a few hours of building sandcastles, give these a go on your next day out. These beach games will (hopefully) keep your little explorers entertained for hours.

Here are our favourite beach games to play with your children.

1) Beach football

Beach football is so fun and it’s one of our favourite beach games to play with children. The ground is naturally soft and sandy which is great for little ones. It is less painful to fall on sand than on harder surfaces, and even if they are not used to the game, children start to feel confident very quickly. The best part, you don’t need football boots or shoes as beach football is played barefoot. All you need is a ball, swimmers and plenty of sunscreen.

2) Bat and ball

This is one of our most nostalgic beach memories; playing bat and ball with our siblings or watching a parent and child or grandparent and child swatting the small ball back and forth, every now and then retrieving it from the froth and swell in the gently lapping waves. The beauty of beach bat and ball is the cheaper the equipment the better! It might be worth having some extra balls in your back pocket and looking for a sticky mitts and sticky ball set for tiny tykes who are still developing all the necessary skills for bat and ball.

3) Bowls

Whilst this activity may not be as heart-pumping as the rest, it’s the perfect game for the whole family. Very young children can learn their colours and it is great target practice for all age groups. This game is also known as Boules or Petanque.

Equipment needed is 8 balls in 4 colours and a much smaller ball which is the target.  Each team picks a colour to represent them and uses the corresponding set of balls. You can have a moveable oche to make it harder or easier for team members. This game is a must for after lunch when energy reserves are refilling but the mind is still able to focus on strategy and the tiny target.

Top Beach Games

4) Beach Mini-Golf

Now we can get creative! It’s as much fun building the ‘green’ as it is playing the game.  Let your mind go wild – dig deep, make tunnels, bridges, moats and castles. A good idea if the sand is not too wet is to store up plenty of kitchen towel tubes and use these to add structure to your holes and tunnels. Always remember to act responsibly and take your rubbish away at the end of the day. Once your dream green is built you just need a mini plastic golf set with plenty of spare balls or even ping pong balls for hours of fun on the beach.

5) Frisbee

The humble Frisbee absolutely deserves a space right here right now for the amount of different fun activities you can do with it.  Remember to use a Frisbee which is age-appropriate; the larger and softer the Frisbee is, the easier it will be to catch.  If your little ones’ catching skills are still developing, turn it on its head and play with targets – set up a series of targets of different sizes and at different distances to have fun with this.

Before heading to the beach, make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen with a high SPF, a sun hat and UV protective swimwear.