Finding outdoor activities to do with the kids with The Beach Book

Beach Book

You don’t need to live right on the water’s edge to have fun at the beach!

We were invited to review the Beach Book, which is all about finding wild places at the seaside, as well as by lakes and rivers and making the most of opportunities to explore and enjoy all these places have to offer.

The book gives plenty of ideas of fun activities to keep the kids, and adults entertained.

Skimming Stones

I gave the kids the book to look through and they decided that they wanted to try discovering beach wildlife, which can be done by rock pooling, crabbing or fishing.


We opted for crabbing as we have some fabulous sites locally, including Mudeford Quay, Poole Quay and Swanage.

Crabbing at Mudeford

We have been crabbing before and used cat food as bait, but this time we opted for another suggestion, bacon. We used crab drop nets, which are much easier than traditional crab lines, as you don’t drop the crabs as you lift them out of the water.

Crab Nets

It also mean’t that we also caught some shrimp too.


The kids were over-the-moon with their catch and we ended up with 8 crabs, which we separated into different buckets so they were not overcrowded and let go once we had finished.

Sebby Crabs

The book also recommends exploring sand dunes and beach combing and using natural resources to play and invent new games (e.g., stone Jenga and skittles, ball runs and boules or funny face games or being creative by making nature art, using driftwood, shells, seaweed etc.

Stone Jenga

For those who don’t live near the coast, it also encourages you to make the most of lakes and rivers by foraging, damming and diverting streams and boat racing.

The team behind the Beach Book have launched their own shop,, selling imaginative, design-led plastic free designs for children. They partner with the Marine Conservation Society and donate a percentage of their profits to their important work protecting our seas, shores and wildlife from plastic pollution.

Mermaid Sand Art

The fabulous team behind The Beach Book are giving away a copy of their book and a set of ‘Coastal Animals’ stacking set by Thread Bear Design.

Beach Book

How to enter:

  • Head over to instagram and like this post.
  • Make sure you are following @shop.pom.pom and @chelseamamma
  • Get creative and make your very own sand sculpture, using the things that nature left behind.
  • Post on Instagram and tag @shop.pom.pom and @chelseamamma in your entry (or if you prefer you can email it to and they can post on your behalf)

The authors of ‘The Beach Book’ – Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield will judge the entries and we will announce the winner on our IG stories


The giveaway will run until Tuesday 7th July at 9pm and is open to UK entrants only
Winner chosen at random and notified by DM via instagram.

Good Luck!!

12 thoughts on “Finding outdoor activities to do with the kids with The Beach Book

  1. We love visiting the beach and the lakes so this would be a perfect read for us to get some ideas

  2. Jenni says:

    We used to go crabbing whenever we where younger and loved it. I think I have another book written by Jo Schofield

  3. What a fabulous book, it certainly has lots of educational value with lots of fun. A great way to teach kids about nature too.

  4. Looks like a fantastic book to get kids exploring and being creative whilst. I am sure my kids would love the idea of inventing new games whilst playing at the beach.

  5. Vikki Bowker says:

    We live right by the beach but too many people are here for day trips and holidays so we can’t go because we wouldn’t be able to social distance 🙁

  6. This is an excellent idea and looks like loads of fun, my kiddies would love it and seems quite education. Great review.

  7. We’re heading to Charmouth soon so this will come in handy for our beach trips! Some great kids activities in it!
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  8. Wow that’s quite a haul of crabs you got! We ave never been crabbing but I think the kids would love it. We really miss the beach and can’t wait to get back there.

  9. Niraj Shah says:

    I really do miss the beach! The last time I went to the beach was last year in Malta, and the beach is something you can never get bored of.

  10. This sounds like such a wonderful book. We spend a lot of time at the seaside and Jack loves books like this so what a winning combination.

  11. Sarah Bailey says:

    What a great sounding book – who doesn’t love being at the beach and there really is so much to do, but having a helping hand is never a bad thing.

  12. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    That sure looks like a great book to have. It would guarantee so much fun and learning and discovery! I wish I could enter the giveaway but I am not a UK resident. Anyway, I am wishing everyone who joined the best of luck.

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