Best Beach Toys: Ocean Toys for 9 Month Old?
Melissa and Douglass are both very active babies. They love to play with their friends and they like to explore new places. You would think that these two little angels would have no problem finding something fun to do while out at sea. However, it seems that they are having a hard time doing so!
What is going on here? Are they just not interested in anything other than playing? Do they need more stimulation or is there something else going on? What if I told you that there were some great ocean toys out there for your baby to enjoy while out at sea?
These are the kind of things that make parents wonder what’s wrong with their child.
The truth is, most parents don’t even know how to react when their children aren’t interested in any activity. When they first start swimming, they seem to be enjoying themselves. But then after a few weeks, the water becomes too cold and the sun hurts their eyes. Then it gets really hot out there and they get tired quickly. And then finally, when their toddler years come around, they become bored with everything and want nothing more than to lie down on the couch and watch TV all day long!
What’s a parent to do?
Keep them stimulated of course! It seems like such a hassle to pack up the car, load the kids into their strollers, and take them down to the seashore to see them get bored within 5 minutes. And that is if they’re lucky because if anything else goes wrong on your trip, you just might end up in tears.
You probably understand where I am getting at here. Without the right toys, it’s going to be really hard for your kids to enjoy themselves no matter where they are.
If you’re looking for some great ideas on what toys you can bring on your next trip to the beach then worry no more. In the list that I have prepared below, you’ll find some of the best ocean toys and beach toys around!
Beach Sand Toys
When talking about the beach, many people think only of the ocean. They believe that the only toys worth bringing are those involving water. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Sure, the water is fun and exciting but you can also have a lot of fun on dry land as well.
One of the toys you should definitely bring on your next trip to the beach are beach sand toys. There are all sorts of different sets you can buy. You can get those cheap plastic ones that you probably had as a kid or you can get the more expensive metal ones. They’re a lot more durable and last a very long time.
Either way, your kids are going to have a blast building sandcastles or whatever other creations they can think of. The great thing about these toys is that they’re going to keep your little one busy for quite some time. This means more time for you to relax in the sun or go out in the water and have fun as well!
Cool Beach Toys
If your child is anything like my daughter, she probably has a thing for water toys. Water guns, spray bottles, and other similar devices are among her favorites.
And why wouldn’t they be?
They allow children to cool off and have a lot of fun at the same time.
Beach versions of these are also available. They’re usually smaller in size but can still pack quite the punch. Kids absolutely love them! Just make sure you monitor your child while they play with these toys in the ocean or a lake.
You wouldn’t want one of them to get swept away by a strong current now would you?
When I think of inflatable water toys, the first thing that comes to mind is those cheap rafts that you could buy at a gas station when you were a kid. While those still exist, there are also way better quality ones available as well.
All of these inflatable water toys are great for playing around in the water. Some of them can even be used on the sand as well. The best ones are the ones that have a sort of tunnel in the middle. You can climb inside and hide from everyone else or you and your friends can play pirates or something while wailing around with your swords.
Another one that you may want to invest in is an inflatable water slide. These come in all shapes and sizes as well. Some are just straight lines, others are wavy, and some have twists and turns as well. These are great for kids who like to ride things because they can do it over and over again without getting tired. Just make sure you or your partner are around to watch them, otherwise, they may just fall asleep from all the splashing around they’re doing.
Beach Tug of War Game
If you want to spend some quality time with your family then one of the best games to do so is through tug of war. This game has been around for quite sometime and is played by people of all ages.
If you don’t own one already, you may want to buy a tug of war rope. They aren’t very expensive and you can find them at many department stores in the sporting goods section.
Playing is simple. Each team gets on either side of the rope and the goal is to pull the other team across the finish line. It sounds easy but it gets more complicated when you take turns pulling, locks, and knots.
It may seem like a simple children’s game but it can get intense. You may even end up with sore hands the next day.
Inflatable Water Slides
Every once in awhile you get that urge to go down a slide and into a pool of water. This is a timeless ritual that never seems to get old no matter how old you get.
Well, luckily for all of us who feel this way, inflatable water slides have been invented. Now we can take those slides everywhere we go.
These slides can be a great addition to a pool or outdoor party. They come in all shapes and sizes so you’re bound to find one that fits your tastes. Some of them are straight while others are twisted. You can even get ones that are circles.
And of course, if you’re holding a pool party or something similar then these slides can be a great way to cool off and have some fun.
You might even consider putting one in the middle of the yard. Just make sure you have someone around to keep an eye on things when no one is using it. You don’t want a drowning to ruin your fun.
Children’s Water Guns
While these are mainly used by children, many of the bigger kids and adults enjoy them as well. They can be played in or out of the pool. It just depends on who is playing with them.
These guns squirt a stream of water and usually have a trigger and nozzle. They can come in many different styles, sizes, and shapes. Some of them can even hook up to a hose so you don’t have to fill them with water all the time.
Water fights are always great fun for everyone involved. They’re sort of like Paintball except you don’t need any special equipment or clothing to play, you just need a water gun and someone else to shoot at.
You might want to limit the amount of time you spend playing with these though. After all, someone could get hurt if they don’t know how to react in a gun fight. So these should only be used as a last resort when everyone is getting bored.
Wading pools are fun for children and adults alike. You can sit in them, play in them, have a water fight in them, or just lounge around in them. The choice is pretty much yours.
Wading pools can be placed or installed in your yard if you have the room. You can also buy the smaller ones that are made to fit into a tub or pool area. Either way, they’re great for parties or just everyday play.
These pools are usually filled with water from a hose so you don’t have to worry about dragging them to a special location like a pool or lake. Just make sure you keep an eye on the kids who are playing around in them. Nothing worse than a kid drowning at a pool party.
Ever since you were little, you’ve always wanted to go down a water slide. These days, many water parks have slides that lead into gigantic pools at the bottom. And some even have more than one slide in the park!
These slides can be thrilling without being dangerous. Just make sure you know how to swim since you’re going to be going pretty fast when you reach the bottom.
These slides come in many different sizes. Some parks have huge ones that seem to go on forever. Other parks have smaller versions that are better for young children or beginners.
If there happens to be a water park in your area and the weather is warm, you should definitely consider going. These places are loads of fun and there are usually plenty of people there to have fun with as well.
Water guns are a great way for all the family to have some fun in the hot sun. They come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. You can buy ones that look like super soakers or ones that are battery powered with flashing lights. It really doesn’t matter what kind you get because they all do the same thing.
Fill them up with water, take aim, and fire! There’s no better feeling than being able to get your brothers or sisters whenever you want. And since water guns are open sites, you can easily sneak around and surprise someone with a jet of water right in the face.
Just make sure that everyone is a good shot before the fun begins. No one likes a sore loser and the last thing you want is for someone to get their feelings hurt.
Water Balloon Fights
What could be better on a hot summer day than throwing water balloons at your friend and family?
This is a great past time for when the sun is blazing down outside. All you need is an arsenal of water balloons, a bunch of people with buckets to fill them up, and something to break the monotony of throwing a balloon.
This usually consists of a group of people gathered in a circle while everyone takes turns throwing balloons at the person in the middle. The person in the middle tries their best not to get hit while everyone else laughs at them if they fail.
This is also a great way for children to socialize with each other while adults can talk among themselves. Younger children should always be monitored by a responsible adult since they could choke on the balloon or get hit with one and get hurt.
Make sure to throw the balloons in an area where splashing others won’t cause any major problems. Also, try to avoid throwing them at people who are walking by. You don’t want to cause any traffic accidents.
Going down a large water slide is a thrill for almost everyone at some point in their life. There are many types of water slides out there. Some have tall vertical drops that end with a pool of water, some start at the top of a building and come down in an “8” shape, some even have you floating through the air. The options are endless!
These slides can be found at most water parks where they usually have several to choose from. You can either ride them alone or with a friend. If you go with a friend, make sure they’re someone you can trust because you wouldn’t want to end up going down the slide with someone who’s a scaredy cat and screams the whole time.
These water slides are dangerous if you don’t follow the rules which are clearly posted at the beginning of the lines. No running at the top of the slides, always hold on to the person in front of you, and no glass containers are allowed. If anyone is caught breaking the rules then they are forced to leave.
These types of water slides can also be found at public swimming pools. These are usually smaller versions but they’re great for children since there are safety nets all around. If you happen to be at a pool that has one of these slides, make sure to go down it at least once since they’re really fun and a nice way to cool off on a hot summer day.
How To Have A Slippery Good Time!
Water slides are wet, slippery, and a lot of fun for the whole family. Although most people enjoy these water rides, there are a few tips you should take note of before getting on one. These tips aren’t just for your safety, but for the safety of everyone around you as well.
Arthritis is very common among water park goers. The reason for this, is because a lot of older people go to these water parks carrying their own personal floaties. The problem with carrying your own floatie, is that you also carry your own sense of entitlement and think that you have just as much of a right to get on that ride, as someone half your age. What these “armchair adventurers” don’t realize, is that they should be getting an “armchair ride” instead.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t stand in line to go on a ride, I’m just saying that there’s no reason for you to be carrying your floatie around all day along with your stuff. The park provides a certain number of rafts and inner tubes for you to use so that everyone gets a chance to ride without having to worry about the rubber raft popping or something of that nature. So what I suggest, is that when you get to the front of the line, instead of picking a raft, you find a nice empty chair and plop your tired old bones down in it. You’ll thank me later.
Another common occurrence at water parks are school field trips. Now, I’m sure most of you have had a wonderful experience at your local water park. You had fun, rode all the rides, and ate too much cotton candy. Unfortunately, every once in awhile some schools take their trip to the water park a little too seriously. There’s a certain level of decorum that simply doesn’t exist on these trips.
Now, I’m not saying that teachers don’t try to maintain order, I’m just saying it’s an impossibility.
What happens is usually these field trips consist of around forty students with three chaperones. That’s ten groups of four people if you’re keeping count. Now since these schools usually don’t have that much money to waste, they can’t afford to buy five passes for every student. This means only half of the students get to go into the park while the other half have to wait around and watch. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out which group has more vomiting, pushing, and shoving.
So what can you do to avoid these individuals?
Don’t go on a Tuesday. Tuesday is the most popular day for school field trips.
The least popular day?
Thursday. The reason being, not many schools are in session on that day, so the teachers have the entire week to plan a trip.
Slip and Slide
Water slides are very fun to go down, however the actual act of getting onto one can be a bit tedious. People are lined up everywhere, and it seems that everyone and their mother has brought their own tube. What a hassle.
The best way to get onto the slide is to pretend that you have your own tube. Now some of you may be thinking “But Boring, I don’t have a tube, I don’t want to wait in line and I don’t want to spend seven dollars just to go down a slide!” Well, if you’re crafty you can get around that. All you have to do is find a discarded cup, any cup will do, and go down the slide with it.
The reason this works is because the people working the slides aren’t exactly going to tell everyone to get off the slide so they can look for cups. They’ll assume anyone without a tube is a lost child and will usher them onto a different slide.
Other ways of getting around this involves being taller than the average five year old. All you have to do is fold your arms across your chest, slouch as much as you can, and squeeze your eyes until they become a narrow slit. Now no one will be able to tell that you’re not twelve years old. If someone does figure it out, just tell them that you’ve had your sixteen year-old brother with you the whole time.
Ah, the wave. There’s absolutely no logical reason why everyone does this, but people still love to do it. If you’re feeling extremely bored in class, there are worse ways to kill time than creating a wave of excitement amongst your fellow classmates.
The most commonly used event for starting a wave is when the teacher calls on someone in the class to answer a question. The easiest way to create one is to begin with your immediate left or right classmate. Simply put your hand on their shoulder and start the wave. Since they’re the same height as you, it’s a lot easier to not miss anyone. From there, it’s all about timing.
If done correctly, the wave should continuously flow through the room until the entire class ends up in hysterics.
Of course, you might get some odd glances from the teacher, but what else is new?
The Softer, The Better
This is a game where you whisper an inaudible sentence to the student next to you. That student whispers what you said to the student beside them and so on and so forth until everyone in the class gets involved. Of course, by the time it gets back to you, the sentence will be nothing like what you originally said. It’s quite amusing to see what random sentences people come up with.
If you want to add a little excitement to the game, include a small prize for the first person to get it right. Of course, if you’re going to do that you need to make the sentence a lot easier to understand. There’s nothing more annoying than having to listen to your classmates struggle over one sentence for five minutes.
“The fire alarm is going off in the cafeteria today” is a common one used in this game.
This is probably the one American class everyone can agree on. This is also a great class if you’re trying to hide the fact that you’re actually sleeping. All you have to do is keep your eyes open for about five minutes and you’re set for the whole period. Just remember to act really interested whenever your teacher asks if anyone has any questions.
If you ever get called on and you didn’t actually pay attention in class, make something up! No one will ever know. There’s a good chance you’ll be wrong, but the teacher will just tell you how you got it wrong and move on.
The trick to this game is to make everything sound as obvious as possible. You’re not going to trick anyone into thinking that you’ve suddenly become intelligent, but you can slowly feed them tidbits of information until they finally guess what the question is.
The following are a few of my personal favorites.
“It’s the object your mom keeps your school books in.”
“This is something you wear.”
“This is something you make when you go really fast.”
“This is something you eat to feel better when you’re sick.”
“This is what you do in a bathroom.”
“This is something you do at a restaurant with your family.”
“This is something you watch on TV.”
“This is something you eat for breakfast.”
“This is something you find in the closet.”
“This is something you say when you want someone to stop doing something.”
The world around us is inhabited by all sorts of creatures. Unfortunately, some of our classes are not particularly well-suited for spotting them. This is where your field trip comes in handy. When properly executed, this is a perfect opportunity to find what you’re looking for while getting a passing grade in your class.
You do need to be careful when selecting your prey though. You don’t want to choose anything too exotic as that might arouse suspicion. Also, you need to make sure that whatever you choose isn’t endangered or anything like that. This is definitely a case where ignorance is bliss, so don’t ruin it by overthinking it!
The best part about this is you’re not even really lying. You really DO need to go on the field trip to get the credit, and you’ll be doing lots of looking around while everyone else is staring at the guide giving the tour. This is also a great time to strike up a conversation with someone. You’ve already got a pretty good excuse to talk to them after all! Just remember to try and choose someone who isn’t going to ask too many questions or get suspicious when you steer the conversation towards your needs.
If you’re REALLY lucky, you might find what you’re looking for before you even leave for the trip!
When in public, this is one of the best places to find a victim. Everyone is packed in like sardines stuck in a can, so it’s almost impossible to get away from someone if they decide to target you.
You’ll still want to be careful though, as there are a few things that could prevent you from getting a victim here. For one, it’s probably a good idea to avoid schools or day cares. Chances are there are a lot of families here, and trying to pick out a loner among so many people might take too long. Also, here comes the unavoidable problem of children.
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