Beach preschool lesson plans
Beach themed preschool lesson plans. Arts and crafts, games, math, science, group time activities, songs and snack ideas.
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you know those colored bottles of sand.
Sand Art 2
Allow the children to glue sand to a piece of paper to create a beah scene. Add white torn paper for clouds, colored torn paper for umbrellas.
Beach Blanket toss
Have four children hold a big beach blanket and shake it like a parachute. You can add a stuffed animal and see how long they can keep in on the blanket.
Place a thin layer on sand in the bottom of a jelly roll pan. Have the children make a letter in the bottom of the pan, or draw a picture.
Supply the children with both wet and dry sand to feel. Have them describe the differences.
You will need two similiar containers. Measure out 1/2 cup of sand add to each containter, add 1/4 cup of water to each. Place one container in the sun and one in the shade. Ask the children what will happen to the sand.
Beach Ball Bop
Attach a beach ball to the ceiling or a swing bar. Let the children take turns hitting the beach ball.
Beach Ball Bop 2
Let the children hit a beach ball around. Count how many times they can hit it withiout it hitting the ground.
Beach Ball Painting
Using a beach ball, paint and butcher paper have the children make beach ball prints.
You will need butcher paper, paint and a paintbrush. Paint the bottom on one child's feet. Have the child walk across the bottom half of the paper. Paint another child's feet a different color and repeat. You can probably put about 5 or 6 children on one sheet. Paint the childrens hands green and have them place their hand prints at the top of the sheet with fingers outspread. The hands with be the tops of palm trees and their feet will be footprints in the sand. Draw brown trunks for the trees and glue sand to the bottom half of the page. You can have the children paint the top with a mixture of blue paint and shaving cream for a cool blue sky.
Make your own Leis
Supply the children with flower shapes, a hole punch and string. Have the children punch a hole in the flowers and lace them onto the string for a necklace.
Have the children decorate a piece of paper that is shaped like a bucket.
Have the children decorate a piece of paper that is shaped like a sea shell.
Cut colored posterboard or foam into a beach shapes (sand pail, umbrella, sea shell) and punch holes around the edges. Them let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards.
For older children. Fill a small jar with shells. Ask each child to guess how many shells are in the jar. For younger children, limit the number of shells to less than ten. Record each child's guess. Count the shells.
Shell Jar for Schoolagers
Provide three identical jars with pre-counted shells of 20, 30, and 40. Label these jars 20, 30 and 40. Place 20 to 40 shells in a fourth identical jar. Allow the children to examine all four jars before they guess. Record the children's approximations. Count the shells.
Provide the children with a variety of different shells to sort. They may sort them by size, color or kind.
Allow the children to experiment with different shells and a balance. Can they make the two sides balance?
Beach in a Bottle
Fill a bottle with water, add some blue food coloring, sand, small sea shells and glitter. Seal the top on with hot glue. The children can roll shake and tip the bottle.
Beach in a Bottle 2
Fill a bottle halfway with water, add some blue food coloring, then add oil. Seal the top on with hot glue. The children can roll shake and tip the bottle.
Have the children design their own beach towel with scraps of paper, ribbon, markers, crayons etc.
Sand and Shells Up Close
Supply the children with sand and sea shells and a magifying glass.
Add sand to your paint to give it a different texture.
Have the children bring in a beach towel. Have lunch outside on the beach towels.
Dramatic Play Beach Day
Supply the children with sunglasses, beach towels, a beach umbrella, coolers, lunch basket, a radio, empty soda bottles, books, empty sunscreen bottles, sun hats, and anything else you may bring to the beach.
Sea Shell Search
Add sea shells to the sand table and have the children try to find them in the sand.
Beach Ball Rubbings
Cut different ball shapes from paper doilies or sand paper. Tape these balls to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the balls and rub a crayon over the ball shape.
Shaving Cream Art
Add a drop of food coloring to a baseball sized pile of shaving cream. Mix this with a paint brush. Have the children be very careful, and use smocks because the food coloring will stain their clothing and hands. Have the children paint the shaving cream on a piece of paper that is ball shaped.
Potato Prints (beach ball prints)
Cut a large potato in half. Supply the children with the potato stamps, different colored paints, and paper. Have the children dip the potatoes in the paint and press them firmly onto the paper. If the potatoes are not cut evenly the shapes will not appear clearly.
Beach Stamping Patterns
Use rubber stamps to create a simple pattern on the top half of a piece of paper. Ask your child to help you recreate the pattern on the bottom half of the paper. Tip: Start with one stamp, and have your child pick which stamp you used. Start slowly and work your way up to more complicated patterns.
Supply the children with rubber stamps with a beach theme to use to create a picture.
Supply the children with beach themed stickers to create a picture
Beach Match Up
There are many ways to set this up depending on the skill level or the
particular skill you wish to work on. Try these different set ups:
Cut out beach shapes from different colors of paper. Give each child
one beach shape. Ask the children to find one person with the same
color beach shape.
Cut the beach shapes from one color of paper. Label one set of beach
shapes with numbers, i.e. if you have 20 children, label the beach
shapes with the numbers one to ten. The other half, draw one dot on
one, two on another, and so on until ten. Give each child one beach
shape and have them find the child with their match.
Cut the beach shapes from one color of paper. Place matching stickers
on two beach shapes. Give each child one beach shape and have them
find the child with their match.
Place matching beach stickers on separate index cards. Give each child
a card and ask them to find the child with their match.
Try all the above, but in a file folder format. Glue one part of the
beach shape to the file folder and laminate it's match.
Beach Ball Toss
Inflate a beach ball and have the children try to throw the beach ball into a laundry basket.
Cut out large beach shapes from colored paper. Laminate them and cut
them out. Place them on the floor and ask the children to hop from one
beach shape to another. These may also be used at seat markers for
What time is it Mr. Lifeguard?
This is a fun game to play outside. You can change the name to suit any
The children all line up against a wall or fence.
And one child, (Mr. Lifeguard) or the teacher faces away from the
children, a good distance away from the children.
The children yell, what time is it "Mr. Lifeguard",
Mr. Lifeguard answers 1 o'clock, and the children all take one step toward
The children yell again, what time is it "Mr. Lifeguard",
Mr. Lifeguard answers (fill in the blank) o'clock, and the children all
take same number of step toward Mr. Lifeguard.
This continues until all the children are very close to Mr. Lifeguard,
then Mr. Lifeguard will answer it's midnight, and chases the children back
to the fence or wall that they started at. The first person Mr. Lifeguard
touches will be the new Mr. Lifeguard.
Beach Hide and Seek
Have all the children hide their eyes while you "hide" a beach object
in the room. (It should be placed in plain view) Tell the children to
find the object, but not touch it. Once they spot it they should sit
back down in their spot. The first one to sit down again will get to
hide the object.
Beach Hide and Seek
Play the game the same as above, except hide the beach object. Then
tell the children individually whether they are "hot" or "cold" to the
relation of the object. Allow the other children to have a change to
hide the object, and tell children whether they are "hot or cold". It may be a good idea to discuss the meaning of hot and cold before you
play this game.
Beach Shape Fishing Game
Tie 3 feet of string to a wooden spoon. Attach a magnet to the end of
the string. Cut and laminate many different colored, and sized beach
shapes from construction paper (not too big though). Attach a paper clip
to each shape. Spread the shapes on the floor and let your child try to
catch the shapes. Have them try to catch the red shape.. or the biggest
shape. For a twist, label the shapes with letters or numbers. Ask the
children to catch a specific shape, or ask them which shape they caught.
Beach Ball Sizing
Cut out many different sized beach ball shapes. Ask the children to line up
the shapes from largest to smallest.
Real Beach Ball Sizing
Supply the children with different sized beach balls and have them line up the
ball according to size.
Beach Ball Numbers
Cut out ten beach ball shapes. Number them one to ten. Ask the children to line up the balls from one to ten.
Beach Ball Colors
Ask the children to sort the beach balls by color.
Roll the Beach Ball
Roll a beach ball back and forth.
Beach Shape Sort:
Cut out shapes of different beach objects. Have them laminated. Ask
the children to sort the shapes. Ask the children how many ___ do you
Find One like mine:
Cut out shapes of different beach objects. Have them laminated. Pick
out a shape, and ask the children to pick the same shape as you out of a
pile of shapes.
Make yours like mine:
Provide each child, and yourself with different beach objects. Place
your shapes in a pattern, and ask the children if they can make theirs
like yours. Let the children have a turn too, making up the patterns.
Home made memory game
Index cards (blank on both sides)
Beach theme Stickers
What to do:
Place matching stickers on one side of two index cards. Place the cards
sticker side down. Take turns trying to find a match by turning over two
cards per turn. If you find a match you get another turn, if not the
next player gets their turn.
Wear you ______ Day
Each day pick a special thing for the children to wear that day:
Beach Ball Toss
Hold up a hula hoop and have the children throw a beach ball through it.
At the water Table
Provide the children with a variety of beach items.
At the water Table
Provide the children with toys that look like people for the water
table. Have the children pretend the people are swimming.
Tag Team Clean Up
Assign members to each team, making it pretty fair to the amount of mess
in each area. Make necklaces with the names of the areas to be cleaned
on them and pictures. Have the children sit down on our carpet and tell
them what to clean and give them a necklace. Like Dramatic Play, blocks,
small toys, art, puzzles.. etc. Then they would race against each other
and whatever team was done and all sitting on the carpet first would
My Beach Ball Song
sung to "Mary had a Little Lamb"
Once I had a beach ball
a beach ball
a beach ball
Once I had a beach ball
Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce
Kool Aid Beach Umbrella Art
Sprinkle a little dry Kool aid mix onto a piece of paper. Have your child spray water from a spray bottle onto the paper. Use different colored Kool-aid mix. For added adventure, you may choose to take your children out into the rain with a piece of paper that has Kool-aid on it. After dry, trace a beach umbrella shape onto the back and have the child cut out the shape.
Beach Umbrella Art
Cut out a beach umbrella shape and have your child decorate it with paint, glitter, fabric, crayons, or whatever you can come up with.
Cut out a sunglasses shape and have your child decorate it with paint, glitter, fabric, crayons, or whatever you can come up with.
Beach Towel Art
Have your child decorate a piece of paper with paint, glitter, fabric, crayons, or whatever you can come up with.
Torn Paper Beach Shapes
Cut out a variety of beach shapes or just one. Some ideas: a towel, a pair of sunglasses, a seashell, a beach ball, a pail or a shovel. Have the child tear paper into small pieces and apply to their shape with a small amount of glue.
Beach Shape Musical Chairs
Arrange the chairs in a circle. If you have younger children it is best to have too many chairs. This can be a game where everyone wins. Place different beach shapes on each chair. Have the children walk around the chairs until the music stops. Then everyone finds a chair. Ask who is sitting on a chair with a ____?
Musical Beach Shapes
Cut out large beach shapes from colored paper. Laminate them and cut them out. Place them on the floor. It is best for younger children to have more shapes than children. Play music and have the children walk around the room. When the music stops each child needs to find a shape to stand on.