You know by now that we think almost any beach is a great place for preschool-age children. We like the water warm or cold, the sand fine or gritty—and we'll take rocks as well. Our kids adore beaches and pools in any shape or size, and, therefore, so do we.That doesn't mean.... read more
Left to their own devices at the beach, little children invariably turn into collectors. It it is almost impossible to leave a beach without a pocketful of shells, rocks, seaglass, sand dollars and plain old sand too. But we can't really blame them. Where else can you find so .... read more
It is no small part of the giant wonders of the sea that it's just so, well, giant. Vast. Deep. Full to the point of teeming. And how on earth are we to make sense of any of this for our little ones, who may or may not have ever seen or splashed in an ocean or two but almost c.... read more
We all have our favorite seaside or lakeside or poolside spots. And we all have children's book authors whom we hold especially dear. When the two come together, it's the perfect recipe for bedtime reading at the end of a long summer's day. Robert McCloskey may be best known f.... read more
Packing and unpacking aren't exactly top of our list of favorite ways to spend our days. Except of course if we're headed to the beach. Say "beach" and we are dragging out that old beat-up bag and shoving stuff into with glee! (We're still not so thrilled with unpacking it.... read more
There's nothing quite as captivating as a story of adventure on the high seas. So whether you're a confirmed landlubber or a seafaring type with your own tales to tell, be sure to share some of these wonderful yarns with your children. They are some of our very favorites!The M.... read more
The thing we love best about the beach is that it's one of the few places where young children can entertain themselves for hours and hours, day after day. There's no need to organize activities. If you can manage to tote along a few buckets and shovels (as well as the requisi.... read more
Don't know about you, but we are sooo ready to head to the beach! The summer temps are climbing steadily, and now's the time to make your escape to that other world of sand and water and the sound of waves. Children are never happier than they are at the beach. They build,.... read more
For all of our raving about the joys of beaches, the fact is, we won't all be making it to the beach this summer. Or if we do, it may only be for a too-short week, or a few stolen Saturdays. But no matter. There are still plenty of opportunities for water play (the play presch.... read more
Playing at the water's edge is just about every small child's idea of heaven. The wet sand and mud and muck and pebbles and rocks and shells and creatures and seaweed and plants and twigs and whatever other water-logged debris they find there are the best playthings on the pla.... read more
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