Friday, July 30, 2010

Weekend Review: Sea, Sand, ME

When you live in the very MIDDLE of the USA, the following concepts are completely foreign to you:
  • beach bag (we do have a "pool bag")
  • seashells
  • waves
  • sand castles
  • seaweed
  • seagulls
Thank goodness for the wonderful world of books! Logan and I read Sea, Sand, ME by Patricia Hubbell. I felt like it was a perfect book for his age (2 years old). It is repetitious. It is silly. It invites action- "We jump in the water and dance, dance, dance." My two year old can not sit still through that!!
Sea, Sand, Me!
In the story, a little girl goes to the beach for a day of fun with her mom and dad. She meets a little boy who enjoys playing in the water and exploring with her.
The illustrations are very simple but when introducing completely new concepts, I think simple illustrations are appropriate.
After reading the book, Logan and I made sea shell imprints into playdough. He wanted to do this for a LONG time. Without being prompted, he held up a big shell and said, "This a big one."
If you live near a beach (lucky), you could even have your child pick up the shells and bring them home for this activity. If you're like me, you'll have to pick up a bag at Dollar Tree!
We'll be at the beach all week. Stop by and visit. I'll be posting other beach books and activities we have enjoyed.
  (And by "at the beach", I mean sitting on a beach towel near our sand and water table on our deck in horrible Missouri humidity.... wish you were here.)

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book. We are going the beach in September. I look forward to reading all of your reviews and checking out some books before we go.

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  2. I don't think there is any place my kids would rather be than the beach. Unfortunately, we live in the MIDDLE, too! We will try the seashells on playdough next time.

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