Beach themed preschool lesson plans. Arts and crafts, games, math, science, group time activities, songs and snack ideas.

Recommended Books from Amazon.com Sand Art
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.

Sand letters
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.

Sand Science
Supply the children with both wet and dry sand to feel. Have them describe the differences.

Wet Sand
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.

Beach Scene
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.

Bucket Art
Have the children decorate a piece of paper that is shaped like a bucket.

Sea Shells
Have the children decorate a piece of paper that is shaped like a sea shell.

Lacing Cards
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.

Shell Jar
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.

Shell Sort
Provide the children with a variety of different shells to sort. They may sort them by size, color or kind.

Shell Balance
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.

Beach Towel
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.

Sand Paint
Add sand to your paint to give it a different texture.

Beach Day
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.