Toys, Floats and Games for Kids at the Beach

There are many floats, toys and sun protective clothing for kids at the beach.  Age appropriate is the key from U.S. Coastguard approved vests to boogie boards for some fun wave time. 

kids at the beach

There are lots of beach toys, floats and games that will entertain and provide a safe day on the beach or in the water.

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Best Beach Toys for Kids At the Beach

Make the most of the waves when you are at the beach with either a boogie board, a skim board or fun floats.

best beach toys for kids at the beach

Whether you are in the water or playing in the sand, invest in the best beach toys for your child's interests and age.

kids at the beach

Check out what are the best beach toys for kids of all different ages here:

Best Beach Toys for Kids

Beach Games for Kids at the Beach

beach games for kids

Get out some paddles, frisbees, corn hole or ladder toss and make some memories tossing, catching, jumping and chasing. 

Use light up frisbees for nighttime games and soft foam frisbees for beginners.  

Slammo will have your group fighting for their turn and a fabric corn hole is  light enough to carry from your car or like we did, on our bikes. 

These tips and ideas for beach games for kids are great for those red flag days and provide a fun family time interaction and a competition.

Beach Games for Kids

Life Jackets for Kids at the Beach

Our fearless granddaughter loves the ocean but she especially loves swimming in the waves.  While of course we were always right by her a Coast Guard approved life jacket provides some extra safety. 

life jackets for kids at the beach

It fits over the chest with arm floats. Unlike the old life jackets that ride up the chest these allow kids to move and swim without feeling like they are wearing a life jacket.  Soft polyester fabric makes them comfortable to wear with less chafing. 

These are good for children 30-50 lbs. (13.6 kg.-22.7 kg.)  The Coast Guard-approved life jacket comes in several different styles and colors.

Because it clasps in the back kids can't unclasp it, but if it is not on tight, a child can wiggle out - so anytime a child is in the water, adult supervision is required.  This is a good option for kids for a day at the beach, river, lake or pool.

How to Choose the Best Life Jackets for Kids

Floats for Kids at the Beach

Every year we let one of our grands choose a fun float to bring to our family beach vacation. 

fun floats for kids

From peacocks to alligators, there is a float designed to appeal to your child's personality. 

Be sure to pack some floats for kids for all day water fun. 

Choosing the Best Sunscreen for Kids

The best sunscreen for kids is one that offers protection from the sun but is free of toxins that are absorbed into the body through the skin.  

The majority of sunscreens contain ingredients that have never been tested and contain carcinogens, hormone disrupters and allergens. 

young girl at beach with sunscreen on her back

Even as a registered nurse I didn't realize that the majority of sunscreens contain harmful ingredients.  Combine that with repeated use of these lotions that are spread all over the body, it's important to find out how to make safer choices to protect your children. 

Learn what ingredients to avoid, what are the dangers of spray sunscreens and how to determine if a sunscreen has safe ingredients:

How to Choose the Best Sunscreen for Kids

Girls Two Piece Swimsuits

girls two piece swimsuit

One of our favorite brand of two piece swimsuits for girls is Kanu Surf.  High quality fabric and fun colors and designs make them an easy choice. Depending on what design you choose the company offers sizes ranging from 2T to 14 girls.  

Kanu Surf Big Girls Summer Dream Tankini Swimsuit

Goggles for Kids at the Beach

Our grandkids love to "explore" the bottom of the ocean, looking for shells, fish and crabs.  Whether it's salt water, chlorine water, or lake water, protecting their eyes is easy with a pair of swim goggles.

snorkel gear for kids at the beach

We especially like lenses that are bigger which provides better visibility and a wider field of vision. 

You want ones that don't fog and don't leak.

We like how the straps can be easily tightened and loosened and the ergonomic design means they feel comfortable and kids will enjoy keeping them on.

Aqua Sphere Seal Swim Goggles

Best Snorkel Gear for Kids

Whether it's clams, crabs, colorful fish or shells, it's fun to watch kids  marvel at God's creation.

gear for kids at the beach

The Small/Medium is for shoe size 1-3, large/extra large is for shoe size 3-6. 

The flipper straps adjust easily as does the mask.  You never know what one might find with a good snorkel set.  Our granddaughter found 15 pairs of sunglasses on one of her underwater searches. 

U.S. Divers Junior Regal Mask, Trigger Fins and Laguna Snorkel Combo Set Kids Snorkel Gear Sets

Kids Beach Bag

kids beach bags

Kids may actually enjoy carrying their sand toys if they have their own beach bag, like this cute Melissa and Doug crab beach bag.

Just the right size for a couple of sand toys so it's not too heavy and not very big. The mesh bottom means that sand can easily escape but just run it under some water to get the rest of the sand off.  

There is a large inner pocket and outer pockets as well.  The bright colors are adorable and even after 3 summers of use, the colors have not faded.

Melissa and Doug offer two designs - they are the same size - the orange crab and a blue octopus.

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Crab Kids Beach Bag

Sand Toys for Kids at the Beach

sand toys for kids at the beach

What's a beach vacation without making a sand castle or digging in the sand? 

Buckets, shovels and sand forms appeal to all ages and genders and come in a variety of options.

Make cupcakes, cookies or ice cream cones or haul sand with a dump truck and front loader.

Check out these ideas here:

Sand Toys for Kids at The Beach

Kids Beach Chairs

If you want a kids' beach chair that appeals to kids, then let them have a seat on Mr. Crab or Ms. Octopus. 

kids beach chair

With their own chair and drink holder, they may actually take a break from playing in the sand and the water for a little respite.

Made of durable, fade-resistant fabric, the Melissa and Doug kids beach chairs hold up to 125 pounds. It folds down and up easily so that even a young child can set the chair up.

Kids 2 to 7 would find this portable chair fun to have at the beach.

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Octopus Folding Beach Chair for Kids

Sun Protection Clothing for Kids at the Beach

Our kids have grown accustom to wearing rash guards.  They have little interest in sitting underneath an umbrella nor re-applying sunscreen throughout the day.

Without sun protection clothing, sunscreen needs to be re-applied every 2 hours if kids are in and out of the water and toweling the lotion off.

A simple solution is to keep them protected with long sleeve rash guards that protect their back, front, and arms.  You can purchase just the tops or  two-piece UV protection swimsuits that include matching swim shorts. 

boy wearing rash guard, hat and sunglasses

Or just match up a solid colored rashguard with your kids swim trunks or bottoms of a two piece swim suit.   The swimsuit fabric is lightweight, dries quickly and is comfortable to swim in.  

Check out why UV protection swimsuits and beach wear should be an important strategy in preventing sunburns and protecting skin from future sun damage. 

Sun Protection Clothing for Kids

Best Sunglasses for Kids at the Beach

Polarized lenses reduce glare making these sun glasses for kids at the beach comfortable to wear.  You want them to fit snug and not too big so that eyes are protected from uv light entering in on the sides or the top.  

3 kids at the beach wearing sunglasses

Provide cool sunglasses for your kids for all day sun exposure.  If you can let your child try on the glasses and help with the selection so that they are more compliant and happy to wear them. 

Did you know that wearing sunglasses at sunrise and sunset is just as important as during the day?

Kids Beach Towels

Our grandkids love getting their own special beach towel that's geared toward their interests - horses for one, Minnie Mouse for another and sharks for the other one.

5 kids wrapped in beach towels at the beach

You always know which towel belongs to who so there is no fighting or shall I say confusion when it comes time to drying off.  

For smaller kids hooded towels come in a variety of characters, like mermaids or sharks.  They provide extra warmth for any shivering bodies getting out of the water.

Look for 100% cotton kids beach towels as this type of fabric is more absorbent even though it is a thinner towel. 

Keep your kids safe in the water, protected from the sun, while having a fun day of making memories at the beach. 

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