Sometimes it’s the simplest things in life which make kids happy.
They don’t always know it until they try something.
And it can be a struggle to get my kids away from their electronic gadgets.
At the weekend we took them to a local beach for a look around.
Until we got there, the negativity coming from the back of the car was irritating.
Neither of the kids could see how going to a nearby beach might be interesting or enjoyable.
We live close to the sea but the beach near us isn’t very nice.
But there are so many around East Lothian that have golden sands and great views.
Yellowcraig Beach is the beach we went to.
It’s near Dirleton; just a couple of miles from North Berwick.
There’s plenty of sand to walk along or sunbathe on if it’s a nice day.
One thing my kids really enjoyed was looking through rock pools to see if there were any interesting creatures.
When the tide’s out there are rocks a short walk from the shore which are safe to explore.
We didn’t see anything living in them but my daughter was fascinated with a couple of crab claws she found.
I was hoping for some starfish and maybe a few fish swimming around.
If we’d delved a little deeper, I suspect we may have found some but the kids were content with what we’d discovered anyway.
There’s not much else at Yellowcraig Beach other than the sand itself.
Thankfully there are public toilets that are clean and well attended.
The block even has showers if you’re in need of a wash after a day on the beach.
At the start of the footpath to the beach there’s a children’s play area.
It’s looking a bit tired though and is in need of some updating.
My kids were disappointed with the play area as quite a few of the things were in disrepair.
They got more out of climbing some of the trees surrounding the play area.
If you own a caravan or a motorhome, there’s also a caravan club site at Yellowcraig.
Quite A Collection
My daughter’s favourite experience at Yellowcraig was hunting for seashells.
We came home with a variety of shells from razor clams and cockles to limpets.
They found a home in our garden and quickly became something that dad’s not allowed to move when he’s cutting the lawn!
It’s the simplest things that can make kids happy and hunting for seashells is one of those.
It’s amazing the variety of different shells you can find of all shapes and sizes.
And the best thing is it’s a free activity that keeps their concentration for quite a while.
What Are The Simplest Things That Keep Your Kids Busy?
Are there any activities that completely take over their imagination?
What do you like doing together as a family?