Natural Play, Outdoor Fun, Positive Lifestyle

Natural Play – Beach Tic-Tac-Toe

We are lucky enough to live really close to the beach, but not lucky enough to have typical beach weather (as you can tell from Mia’s winter clothing). During the colder months, we are usually the only people on the beach, but that doesn’t stop us getting some fresh air and making our own entertainment.

After putting on our wellies and having a paddle looking for creatures in the water, we decided to play a game of tic-tac-toe. We gathered some driftwood, shells and pebbles. Half the fun was collecting the items.

Once we had all the bits we needed, we made a grid using the driftwood. Mia was shells and I was pebbles – it was then game on!

This is a simple game but encourages logical thinking and strategy from an early age. We have played this many times using different materials and still fun for all!

Mia asked me to add (she was very insistent) “You don’t need to bring toys to the beach when you can make your own games up, you can then leave them behind for the next children – from Mia”. I have a feeling she is going to want add her own bit before I publish a post from now on haha! She has already asked if she can have her own science YouTube channel.

Is there anything you play at the beach using what nature has provided? Will you be giving this a go? Let me know by commenting below.

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Jaimi xx

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  1. Matthieu says:

    Hi Jaimi, this is Matthieu from the Zephyr company (baby sponges). I was trying to reach you through you contact page but it seems it is not working. I’d love to offer you our baby sponge for you to review πŸ™‚ Please contact me by email so we can arrange the sipping to your place. Have a great day! Your blog is lovely by the way!

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Hi Matthieu! Thank you for letting me know my contact page isn’t working, I have just switched hosting services so I’ll get that sorted. Yay, that will be fantastic thanks! I’ll email you now πŸ™‚

  2. This is such a cute thing to do. I am sure that kids will have a lot of happy family memories playing this. Now we have one more beach game that we can do. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      I’m sure I replied to these comments but they seemed to have disappeared… Or it’s just a ‘baby brains moment’. Anyway sorry for the delay! You’re welcome Joleisa – have fun playing it x

  3. I am embarrassed to say that even though I live in California about 10 minutes from the beach, we haven’t been there with the kids in close to a year! But this post inspired me to make a point of going this weekend! My son is a little young for tic-tac-toe right now, but I love the idea of having him collect beach items to play with instead of lugging our plastic toys.

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Did you end up going to the beach Cassi? I would love to be in California right now as this British weather has been really miserable this week x

  4. How creative!!! I wish my family and I lived near a beach. I guess we’ll just have to get a sandbox instead πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing!

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Did you get a sandbox? I have seen people us a pop up tent and fill the base with sand as their own mini beach haha x

  5. What a sweetheart she is! I love that she’s enthusiastic not only about creating games but leaving them for others to enjoy πŸ™‚

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      She is a cutie – I do feel really proud of her πŸ™‚

  6. this makes me want to go back to the beach and try this with my kids. we mostly build sand castles or shapes from sands. By the way, which font is this ? I am loving the way it looks on this page.

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Sorry for the delay Princy! The font is called Gabriela, thanks that’s really nice of you to say πŸ™‚ I hope you have been back to the beach to play!

  7. Oh wow, I adore this! Love the natural way of playing games, more people need to do this! Thank you for sharing 🌸✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x |

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      You’re welcome Alisha! I love the idea of kids being able to just play with things they find outside – it worries me that phones and tablets stop their imagination growing. xx

  8. Mary-This Indulgent Life says:

    What a great idea! We live next to the beach also and this would be perfect for when my son gets a bit older, for now the collecting itself is just a great idea. He loves the beach, never wants to leave lol.

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Aw bless him! It is great having a beach close by isn’t it? Kids never seem to get bored of the stones and shells πŸ™‚

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