Beach Activities for Preschool
Free play: Beach ActivitiesFor the most part, Logan was only interested in digging in the sand today. We had fun and got very messy! One of his favorite things was for me to "hide" shells in his sand table and have him dig them out. Allowing your child free time to play in sand and water is great for your beach unit. Children discover so much through their play time.
Open-ended art projects
We also made collages out of sand and shells. We chose a sea turtle. Logan wanted to destroy the animals as soon as we made them. He also wasn't interested in making many sea creatures. He was more into cats and cows! I think this was a little too hard for him actually, but he had fun watching me. It would be great for older preschoolers or school age children.
I found this neat project at Counting Coconuts. (yes, they actually did this AT THE BEACH, so don't look if you don't want to be jealous... ok, DO look because their collages are adorable!)
Sorting beach objects to earn vocabulary and math conceptsWe sorted objects we take to the beach and objects we do not take to the beach. We put the objects we take to the beach into a beach bag. Since he is 2, He just wanted to WEAR his snow boots.
We sorted big shells and little shells. You could also sort shapes of shells.
These activities were inspired by our preschool beach unit from Joyful Learning Curriculum:
Snack for beach unitI found a great snack idea for today from Katie's Nesting Spot. I gave Logan a blob of peanut butter and a pretzel rod. He had to "bait" his rod with peanut butter, and then dip it into a bowl of goldfish crackers, and try to catch the fish. Logan loved it! (There is also a peanut free variation so go check it out!)
Tomorrow: Beach books and activities for BABIES!