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Muddy Faces


A spectacular seaside and sandpit activities inspiration special!



Welcome to Muddy Faces Inspirations: bringing together activities & ideas with a specific theme, to inspire your time outdoors playing, learning & connecting with nature. Follow the highlighted links to take you to our step-by-step activity guides.

The beach is a perfect place to find inspiration - filled with natural resources where children (and adults) can spend hours exploring, playing, constructing, digging and so much more!

We've collected some of our favourite activities together here.

What you'll need

A beach - or you could recreate the beach with a sandpit and some water and natural materials.

Useful items:

  • substantial digging spade
  • bucket (clear buckets are great for looking at rock pool finds)

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Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • coastal safety - tides, mud flats etc

Play with perspective

You can have so much fun with a camera - forget selfies and create some magic photos using perspective!

Can you hold a friend in your hand?!
Can you balance on top of a razor clam?!

Collecting Shells & Balancing Pebbles

Collecting shells and making patterns with them is great fun.

Balancing is great too - how many limpet shells can you balance on top of each other without them falling over?

Stack some pebbles and then use them as a target to knock over!

Stone landmarks/cairns can be seen in the Arctic region. They are called 'inukshuk'. They may have been used historically for navigation or to mark a food cache amongst other things.

Beach Art

You can just sit down almost anywhere on the beach and start creating! From making mini gardens, going big with drawing, crazy collage, to decorating pebbles - the beach is your oyster!

big drawing in sand

& making faces... simple or 3D

Construction & Design

Building sand castles, digging holes and channels and making bridges - will they be strong enough to beat the tide?!

drip castle
sand castle

Exploring & Investigation

Get your net and bucket and see what you can find.

Find some crabs, explore a rockpool and look for other beach flora & fauna. How many varieties of seaweed can you identify?

If you put anything in a bucket to get a closer look remember to put it back where you found it.

child looking at pebbles in rockpool

Coastal foraging

Check out these links for tips and advice on coastal foraging.

Crabbing & fishing

Links to websites, blogs & guides to crabbing & fishing.

Read More about Crabbing & fishing

Beach games

kite flying on beach
  • Kite flying
  • Spin a bucket of water and learn about centrifugal force
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Beach cricket / rounders
  • Beach hop scotch
  • Limbo - how low can you go?!
  • Water bucket relay - fill a bucket by going back and forth with a cup of water - who will fill the bucket first?
  • Cover a friend with sand and draw a sea creature body for them!

Beach Cleaning

Join in with the Marine Conservation Society's Great British Beach Clean in September.

Find out more

Links to organisations and projects focussed on beaches, the coast and the sea and related wildlife and conservation .

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

Key Features

  • Age Range All Ages
  • Duration Less than an hour
  • Location Beach
  • Season Any
  • Categories: Inspirations


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