Beach Towel

Published August 07, 2014

try-these-playful-summer-beach-ideasVancouver is beautiful during the summer months.

Whether you are at the beach or perhaps hiking in the mountains, Vancouver offers something for everyone when the weather is warm.

If you find yourself down at the beach this summer, here are two great ideas to keep the kids busy while you soak up some rays.

Tic-Tac Towel

This multi-purpose towel is great to bring on your next trip down to the beach. The kids can use the towel after a swim in the water and then flip it over to play a little game of tic-tac-toe.

On the wrong side of the towel, measure eight pieces of ribbon to form the shape of the tic-tac-toe grid.

You will need two types of ribbon, one for the bottom that is approximately 4.5 centimetres wide and another contrastingcoloured ribbon approximately 19 millimetres wide.

Measure the lengths of the ribbon according to your towel size.

Pin the wider ribbon onto the towel first to make the shape of the grid followed by the narrower ribbon on top. Pin both to secure.

Using your sewing machine, carefully sew the ribbons to the towel by sewing along the edges. Alternatively, I found a single stitch through the centre of the top ribbon was enough.

You may be lucky enough to find some great shells on the beach to use for the game but if not, Michaels carries large starfish and shells that you can purchase.

Sand Bowling

I saw some kids playing this game down at the beach the other day and thought it was a great idea.

An easy game to bring along in your beach bag, this one will keep the little ones busy for hours.

Simply purchase two tubes of yellow tennis balls at your local dollar store and bring them along with you the next time you head to the beach.

Using a plastic bucket, make a few holes in the sand (try to find a fairly flat area if you can) and let the kids bowl the tennis balls into the holes. Simple and easy.

Now you can relax.