Have a beach party! Invite the children to
wear their swim suits, build
sand castles in your sand table, have a picnic lunch on your
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Have beach towels, buckets, shovels, beach
chairs, empty sunscreen bottles, picnic basket or cooler.
Dress Up Bathing Suits
Make dress-up bathing suits by using a large t-shirt, sew
front of bathing suit to
front of t-shirt, back of suit to back. Children can just put on t-shirt
to play dress-up.
A trip to the beach means planning ahead and packing necessary items to
it a fun day in the sun. Engage youngsters in some critical
and organizational skills by having them pack a baby
for a beach adventure.
To prepare, gather a large beach bag and an
assortment of items that may be
used at the beach- such as sunglasses,
sunscreen, a beach towel, a swimsuit,
a pail, and a shovel. Add some
other unrelated objects to the collection,
also---such as blocks, a flashlight,
and a coat. Invite each student in turn
to select an appropriate item from
the collection to take to the beach. Ask
him to explain why he made his
choice; then have him put the item in the bag.
Make a play area with
sand and sea shells. Add a blanket umbrella, shovel
and pail and other
misc. beach items. Take each child's picture and make a
Encourage children to use their creativity and move the way
Pretend you are swimming in the ocean waves. Pretend you are walking
barefoot over the hot sand. Pretend you are surfing. Pretend you a crab
and do the crab walk (to do the crab walk you need to sit on the floor
and rise up and walk backwards on your hands and feet).
Beach Prop Box
Use a small durable plastic cooler, and put inside, two beach
towels, two or more
children's swim suits, an empty sun-screen bottle, sun glasses, a bright
two or more empty plastic soda bottles (glue lids on for younger age
children), & sand toys.
The children in my class played with this both indoors and outdoors in the
Role Play Life Guards
Encourage your child to role play life
guards. Offer a variety of props,
including bathing suits, beach towels, empty sunscreen containers,
life preservers, sun visors, sun glasses, and flip flops.
Hut on the Beach
Paper Bags (Grocery)
Small Blow up Wading Pool
Invite the children to paint the refrigerator box brown. With adult
the sides to look like a hut. Cut the paper bags into strips and past to
top of the box to look like a grass roof. Paint grass on the cardboard,
out and set in front of the hut. Blow up the pool, add the bucket, towels
and any other beach toys you may have. If you have the room put sand
in the wading pool, add spray bottles and the kids will love it. This can
placed inside or outside. The pool can also be used as the reading center.