Shades of Fun and Play: Fun Games for Kids While Under the Beach Umbrella

Sunlight contains Vit. D, a nutrient that aids in the absorption of calcium in the body which is essential for building strong bones and teeth and normal skeletal bone formation. But there is such thing as too much sun, especially when it comes to young children. As a rule, do not allow a child to undergo sun exposure between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. On a beach, make sure the child has enough shade, such as an umbrella or a shed. If he falls asleep on a chair or stroller, make sure he is sufficiently covered. But as the child grows and changes his napping schedule, time spent in the shade can be translated to hours of fun.

A castle for a little king (or queen)
Little boys and girls will have their own kingdom to rule with castles especially built for their size. Sand castles allow lots of physical and imaginative play – digging holes, building tunnels, constructing a fortress. Give them the right tools for the job – sifts, shovels, buckets and moulds and then let their imagination take over with endless choices of raw materials – sand, seashells, algae, wood, stones, twigs and leaves.

Mostly mosaic
Another wonderful game for kids is mosaic construction. Mosaics allow the use of free-forming shapes. By putting them together, kids learn to compose and create. Use round, rectangular, oval, irregular and every silly shape you can find and have the kids create something based on a theme. Let kids create a fish shape, a flower or a boat using rocks and found objects on the sand. Go horizontal or let the kids build a standing sculpture for parents and beachgoers to enjoy. Look for small, smooth rocks to ensure that tiny hands are not grazed and choose them in several colors. If there are shells around, let the children use those too. Or better yet, go on a beachcombing adventure first and let the child use whatever materials he can find.

Gimme shelter
Need more shade? Let the children help build one. But not just any shade – make sure it is something that comes out of the child’s fantastical mind. Does he want to become an astronaut? Build a spaceship. Does he like a little adventure outdoors? Build a tepee. Gather a few beach towels, a few wooden or plastic pegs and some trusty shovels for digging in the sand. Some strings will also come in handy for tying the towels together. If there is need for some technical help, let daddy or mommy take charge; otherwise, it’s the child’s call.

Fun Games For Kids Birthday Parties

Fun games to use at your next kids birthday party are right here. Just choose some of these titles and twist them a little bit. Make them match your unique party theme. For example, Simon Says can become the Mummy Says at a Halloween party or it can become The Pirate Says at a kids pirate party. Use these classic fun party games, add a new title and make it unique to your party. Give your party guests a really fun, fun, fun game session at that special boy or girls birthday celebration.

Mad Libs is a fun way to get party guests to open up. What Mad Libs do is make a story…a funny story. And everyone can help to make this story and it should be silly…that is what makes it so much fun. You begin to play Mad Libs with a basic story line. You must leave some words out and put in the kind of word that will fit there. For example, Mary blank her bike…so that blank would need to be filled in by a Verb. Mary wore a blank on her head. That blank would need to be filled in by a Noun. See…how the game goes along? Each child or guest can fill in one of the missing words and then when the words are all filled in read the story….You can find books with party Mad Libs in them or you can make up your own story line using the names of the birthday star and the party guests in it.

Chinese Whispers is another very simple game that is fun to play. Sit everyone in a circle and have someone start playing by telling them the Game Sentence. In Chinese Whispers a sentence or phrase is told to the first player. That player must whisper it to the next player and so on around the circle. When the phrase or sentence is told to the last player, that player must stand up and say the sentence out loud. What is so funny about that? Well, usually by the time the message is delivered to everyone, it has changed a great deal from the original sentence. Make your sentence something silly like “Wet dogs shake and shake to get dry” or “Dogs use umbrellas only when it rains cats and dogs”. Now you can also rename your game to fit your party theme. The Pirate Whispers at a pirate party and the Princess Whispers at a princess theme party…and have your phrase match the theme as well.

Musical Party Games are fun for everyone. Freeze Dance and Musical Chairs are two that come to mind right always when we are talking about fun musical party games for kids. With either game you need someone to stop and start the music. To play these games you will need either a dance floor area or chairs set around in a circle. With Freeze Dance when the music starts everyone begins to dance. When the music stops everyone must freeze. If a dancer does not freeze right away they are out. With Muscial Chairs you must have one less chair than you have players. Every time a player is eliminated you remove another chair. Here is how you play. Set the chairs out in a circle and when the music begins to play have all the party guests walk around the circle of chairs. When the music stops each child must sit in a chair. The one who does not have a chair to sit in is out. Let the kids who are out start on a party craft or the next activity. Now to make these fun party games unique, rename them. Royal Ball Freeze Dance or Pirates Freeze Dance will make these simple and fun party games a bit more exciting for your guests.

Pass the Parcel is an entertaining and fun party game for a kids birthday party…and adults will enjoy it too. It is another musical party game so have the music ready. It’s one of those fun, fun, fun games that has been handed down through the years because it is enjoyable. This is another game you can rename and give some new life to. To play Pass the Parcel you need a parcel and some music that goes along with your party theme. For a princess party play some Disney Princess songs, for a pirate party play What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor…lol, or for a cowboy theme party use some western cowboy songs. You can name your parcel according to your party theme too. The princesses’ package, the pirate’s treasure or the cowboys saddle bag are all possibilities for a parcel name. Okay, now, how to play Pass the Parcel. Wrap the parcel a lot. And with each layer of wrapping include a prize…it can be a small prize like some temporary tattoos or stickers, or a lollipop or whatever prize you decide upon. Sit everyone in a circle and start the music and Pass the Parcel. Stop the music and the guest who has the parcel can unwrap a layer of wrapping. Plus they get the prize inside. When a player gets to unwrap the parcel and keep the prize, they must leave the circle. Keep going until there is only one child left and of course, they get to keep the prize in the middle of all those layers.

A classic and very fun party game for a kids birthday party is Pin the Tail on the Donkey. This fun kids game is so easy to change into a new version. Pin the Crown on the Princess, Pin the Eye Patch on the Pirate or X Marks the Spot are other fun ideas. Pin the Hat on the Cowboy or the Eye on Muno for a Yo Gabba Gabba party are just a few ways to turn this fun, fun party game into the perfect game for any them party. You all know how to play Pin the Tail on the Donkey…right? Each child gets a tail with two sided tape on it. You blind fold the player who is up, turn them around a couple times and then point them in the direction of the Donkey. They must try to stick the tail closest to where it belongs. The one who does get the tail close to where it belongs gets a prize…of course, you can give everyone a prize for playing. Stickers or temporary tattoos make great prizes for this kind of game…kids love them and they are about the cheapest party game prizes you are going to find.

The Pinata game is fun too. Pinatas are a traditional Mexican game. A pinata is really a breakable container for party prizes and candies. The goal of this fun party game is to break the pinata and gather all the goodies hidden inside. These pinatas come in every theme imaginable so all you have to do is pick one that matches your theme and fill it with good stuff the kids will like. Stickers, temporary tattoos, candies and small game prizes work perfectly as filling. I like the pull string pinatas. This is a game that has strings the kids can pull. One of these strings rips the body of the pinata so the goodies fall out. Then everyone tries to gather all the goodies they can. You can buy a pull sting model or you can buy a pull string conversion kit to make this kids party game very safe. To play you hang your pinata up and blind fold each child as they take a turn pulling a string. You can put the blind fold on, and like with Pin the Tail on the Donkey, spin each child and head them off in the direction of the hanging pinata. Tell them about how many steps they need to take and send them off.

How to Find Smart, Affordable and Fun Educational Games For Kids

Play and learning go hand in hand and one of the easiest ways to teach kids is to combine the two into educational games that are appropriate for their age group. So how do you find the right kinds of educational games that will help reinforce what your kids are learning in school? The right ones will help your son or daughter retain what they have learned in a fun an engaging way. Here are some resources for finding the best and most affordable educational games for kids.

Check our funbrain.com for a variety of educational and fun games for kids of all ages. The games can be played on line using the arcade feature and there are even ebooks for kids that you cann download to beef up your child’s reading list – whether it’s for summer or any time of the year.

To help with some basic math skills, but trick ones, try the Fresh Backed Fractions game which teaches fractions by using portions of bakes goods. If your son or daughter is into sports, then try Math Baseball which helps reinforce both sports strategy and counting. If your child is a word-a-saurus then check out Scramble-Saurus, a great game that teaches children how to recognize letters and turn them into words. As an added bonus, many of the educational games for kids on the site are also available in Spanish.

For kids in primary school or elementary school, check out primarygames.com which has a number of educational games geared towards this age group. For a child that love science, check out Ocean Fun, which teaches young children all about the creatures that live underwater. The site includes fun printables that you can give to your child to color.

Don’t forget pbskids.org to find great educational games for kids without a lot of commercial content. Featuring kid favorites like Arthur and Calliou there are loads of games to help kids learn math, reading and work on their fine motor skills.

Whether you’re looking for summer activities or just trying to keep the kids engaged at home, there are a variety of free resources out there to help you find fun, exciting and educational games for kids. Have fun!