Sort / Classification
children sort a collection of different types
of sea shells. Add shells to the sand table and have
children classify the shells that they find according to size.
Have on hand a
wide variety of shells. Let the children sort the shells into
by kind, size, texture, etc. Have them count the number of shells in each
Continue by asking the children to find the smallest and largest shell.
Then have take
turns balancing the shells in each hand to see which is heaviest and
which is lightest.
children in graphing different kinds of shells.
Beach Ball Numbers
Write a different numeral (using a permanent marker) on each
section of an inflated ball.
Toss or roll ball to a child. Have him name & show one of the
numbers & give an activity -
such as clapping, jumping, etc. for the group to do. Another idea is
to have each
child name the two numbers closest to his hands. Write them on a board,
count out the manipulative, decide which is greater, or add them
(I wrote the activity on the ball under or above the
Beach Ball Numbers II
Take beach balls and write numbers on them
and toss them to the kids during
circle time and have them tell the number to you. You can add dots
with the numbers for the smaller ones to help them out.
children with this coin matching activity. Fill your sand
with a number of different coins. Next, prepare a
number of coin matching
cards. Attach a number of
realistic coin stickers onto separate index cards.
the children take turns choosing a card and then dig in sand
he/she finds a matching coin for each coin or sticker on
Sea Shell Math
Show the children 10
small sea shells. Ask them to count the shells out loud.
Then cover the shells so they are not visible or hide them within easy
As the group sings the first four lines of "Ten Little Sea Shells," bring
shell at a time until all ten sea shells are visible again. When the
the last section (counting backwards) of the song, remove one shell
at a time until only one shell is left.
Little Sea Shells
to the tune of: "Ten Little Indians")
two little, three little sea shells,
Four little, five little, six little sea shells,
Seven little, eight little, nine little sea shells.
Ten little sea shells by the shore.
Ten little, nine little, eight little sea shells
Seven little, six little, five little sea shells
Four little, three little, two little sea shells
One little sea shell by the shore.
Sea Theme Bead
variety of sea theme bead
(I purchased them at
--these have seashells and sea creatures
Paper for graphing,
Cups to separate the beads
Pictures that are similar to the sea theme beads
(I used pictures off of
Cut out the pictures and paste them onto the top of your paper and
divide the paper with a marker to separate each picture to create a
Invite the children to grab a handful of sea theme beads and separate
according to what they are into different cups. When they are done
have them count how many of each item they have and write it on the graph.
Sea Shell Sort and Match
variety of seashell shapes, colors, and sizes from
paper. Your children can do various things with these:
*Sort them by color
*Sort them by shape
*Match them by shape
*Match them by color
*Match them by size
*Sequence them from smallest
*Hide them around the room and search for them