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Fill the Bucket Relay

You will need

  • Two buckets of the same size
  • One spade per player

No of players -

any

What to do

  1. Have players split up evenly into two teams.
  2. Have each team form a line by the shore.
  3. Set up a buckets about 10 feet from the water’s edge. The object of the game is for each team to carry the water in their spades to the bucket.
  4. Once a player fills their bucket with a spadeful of water and runs back the next player can go.
  5. The first team to fill their bucket wins.
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Volleyball

You will need

  • A volleyball
  • A net. If you don’t have one, a line in the sand will do.

No of players -

2-6

What to do

  1. Set up the net and mark the playing boundaries by using jumpers or similar.
  2. Divide your friends and family into two teams. An even number of people is desirable on each side. Decide which team gets possession of the ball first by flipping a coin.
  3. Serve the ball. If the ball fails to go over the net on the serve, possession moves to the opposing team.
  4. Return the ball. Three hits are allowed on each side of the net, but no player is allowed to hit the ball more than once in a row. The point is to keep the ball from touching the ground and return it to the opposing team over the net. This rallying of the ball continues until one team does not return the ball inbounds or it touches the ground.
  5. Score points. In volleyball, only the serving team can score points. Each time a serve and rally sequence results in the serving team keeping possession of the ball, the serving team scores 1 point.
  6. The first team to 15 points wins the game.
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On a Roll

You will need

  • A spade
  • A small ball

No of players -

2-4

What to do

  1. Dig one hole in the sand that's big enough for a your ball to roll into it. The hole should be about ten feet away from the water.
  2. Move back about a foot and dig a row of two holes behind the first hole, making sure they face the water. The holes should be about a foot apart.
  3. Now dig three holes in a row another foot behind the two hole. Finally, dig four holes in the sand behind the row of three holes. You should now have a triangle-shaped game set up.
  4. Stand back about 25 to 30 steps from the last row of holes and roll the tennis ball down the beach toward the holes. You're allowed five rolls and you get points for every ball you sink.
  5. The hole closest to the water is worth 100 points, each hole in the row with two holes is worth 50 points, each one in the row of three is worth 25 points, and each one in the row of four is worth five points.
  6. The player who amasses the most points wins the game.
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Shell Jewellery

You will need

  • Twine or similar strong string
  • Scissors

No of players -

any

What to do

  1. Search the beach for good quality shells with natural holes in them. The best ones to use have holes near an edge, or at the top of the shell.
  2. Thread a number of the shells together with the twine.
  3. Measure the size desired, tie the ends together and cut the excess twine.
  4. This can be used to make necklaces, bracelets, ankle bracelets or hair decorations.
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