• Take turns writing rhyming words in the sand. Or practice writing and solving math equations.
• Bring along some of your summer reading and work on literacy skills while you are lying on the beach.
• Check out this Take-Along Guide to help your kids learn more about their discoveries.
• Help younger children learn their numbers and colors with a good game of Uno® or Crazy Eights every night after dinner.
• Use collected shells to practice sequencing, pattern recognition and even categorization/sorting. Have your child create a bar graph based on her findings.
• If your child has a camera, assign him or her the job of official trip reporter. Have them create a journal that includes pictures and make sure they label or describe each event/item/person. This helps them practice their writing and reading. For a different version, give them some newsprint and have them create their own “newspaper” using the traditional layout.
• Kids Camp!: Activities for the Backyard or Wilderness (A Kid's Guide series) by Laurie Carlson and Judith Dammel
• Trekking on a Trail (Activities for Kids) by Linda White and Fran Lee
• Camp Out!: The Ultimate Kids' Guide by Lynn Brunelle