Kids Beach Scavenger Hunt | Shell on beach Naples, Florida beach scavenger hunt.

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Naples and Marco Island have more than 14 miles of beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.

Shelling on Marco’s beaches rival that of Sanibel Island and other popular shelling spots. Challenge your kids to find starfish, egg casings, sea glass, sand dollars, coral and more while exploring the white sandy beaches. They will enjoy exploring the coastal environment and delight in having found a natural treasure to take home. And, who doesn’t love beach combing? | Naples, Florida beaches, shells, beach combing sign for Shells of the Paradise Coast.

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One important caution: Make sure the shells your kids collect are not live (inhabited). Aside from the surprise you’ll get back home, it’s illegal to remove living shells from the beaches. This includes sand dollars, starfish and sea urchins. | Kids beach scavenger hunt,

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Scavenger Hunt List Suggestions:

Ÿ Three different kinds of shells.

Ÿ A feather.

Ÿ A unique piece of driftwood.

Ÿ A creature’s home (crab holes are a good one).

Ÿ Something swimming in the water. What is it?

Ÿ A whole sand dollar.

Ÿ A starfish.

Ÿ A piece of seaweed.

Ÿ A piece of coral.

Ÿ Three pieces of trash.

Ÿ A piece of sea glass.

Ÿ An egg casing.

Ÿ An animal track in the sand. What type of animal made the track?

Ÿ Count how many waves crash into shore in one minute.

Ÿ How many paces wide is the beach?

Ÿ Wade into the water. Time how long it takes for your feet to dry.

Ÿ Find something red.


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