Summer is drawing to an end, but a lot of families are still packing up the car in order to get out to the beach one last time before the season ends. I love going to the beach - the sun, the sand, the waves, the various grilled foods that taste slightly better after you've spent a day swallowing salty sea water - it's all part of the fun.
For parents, however, the beach presents a few challenges. From strangers to a strong current, there are a number of things that pose potential threats to your children. If you have young kids who love the ocean, but are not quite old enough to play safely in the tide, try out this DIY kiddie pool from the blog, In Lieu of Preschool. All you need is a clear shower curtain liner. It's a fun, safe alternative.
- Clear shower curtain liner
1. Dig a hole in the sand that's large enough for your kids to play in.
2. Line the bottom of the hole with the shower liner, making sure it's flat against the bottom on the hole. Keep it in place by burying the edges in sand.
3. Use buckets to fill the pool. Get the kids to help!
This upgraded pool is a lot more secure from an engineering point of view. If it's really bright out, be sure to cover the pool with an umbrella or canopy to avoid sunburns for kids and grownups alike.
When it's time to clean up, things couldn't be easier. Just dig out the edges, and gently pull the liner out of the hole. Rinse it off, let it dry, and then pack it up for next time. You can pretty much just fold it up like a big bedsheet and tuck it in your bag.
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