At the Beach

At the Beach

Visiting a beach or going away, was a hot topic between a number of children before the 2 week break. With this in mind, I prepared a few activities in the hope that it would inspire them to talk about their adventures.

Here are some of them..

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Beach Dough

This was very popular – the children absolutely loved adding the shells, nuggets & sticks to the coconut-scented dough…

Beach Dough - from Rachel (",)

 

Beach dough - from Rachel (",)

 

Beach dough - from Rachel (',)

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Maths Fun

Numbered shells with starfish, pearls & coloured fish for sorting & counting…

Beachy Maths - from Rachel (",)

I also numbered some smaller shells & we counted out glass nuggets to go with them…

Numbered shells & glass nuggets - from Rachel (",)

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Beach Finds on the Discovery Table

I have been lucky enough to inherit lots of interesting materials from my Great Aunt (who is a retired Primary Headteacher) & my Mum (who is a retired Primary Teacher), so there was lots to discover & explore on this table…

Beach finds on the Discovery Table... from Rachel (",)

It made me smile when two little girls decided that some of the shells looked like unicorn horns…

Shell Unicorn Horns - from Rachel (",)

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Line Designs & Transient Art at the Finger Gym

I provided a selection of designs that the children could place under the frames to ‘trace’ with the shells. Or alternatively, they could just create transient art…

Line Designs & Transient Art... from Rachel (",)

 

Line Designs & Transient Art... from Rachel (",)

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Sand Tray

I moved the sand from the normal tray to a tuff spot on the floor, for a ‘beach’ feel…

Sand tray 'beach' on the floor... from Rachel (",)

Spotting rainbows ‘on the beach’ is always lovely…

Rainbows on the beach - from Rachel (",)

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Small World

At the beach – as well as play & storying, lots of discussion about the beach in this area…

At the Beach - from Rachel (",)

 

On the Beach - from Rachel (",)

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Construction Area

No link with beaches here, but we are still loving the rope light! They add such a lovely dimension…

Rope light in the construction area - from Rachel (",)

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Lightbox

Fish & shell shaped glass nuggets. These look beautiful on the lightbox & were lovely to pattern-make with. I put the mirror box on there too…

Fish & shell nuggets on the lightbox - from Rachel (",)

 

Fish & shell nuggets on the lightbox - from Rachel (",)

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Sand Patterns

Pebbles, stones, twigs, shells, mosaic pieces & trays of sand…

Sand patterns... from Rachel (",)

 

Sand patterns... from Rachel (",)

 

Sand patterns... from Rachel (",)

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Fine Motor Fun with Pipettes

This was great fun & some children were brilliant at it! The challenge was to use the pipettes to drop coloured water into the suction pads on the soap mats. Great for hand-eye co-ordination too! Of course some children found it very tricky indeed, but loved squirting the water (& making potions).

Using pipettes to drop water onto soap mats... from Rachel (",)

 

Using pipettes to drop water onto soap mats... from Rachel 2

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Ocean Sensory Tub

A simple tub to explore. I added shell dishes for the children to use as they wished…

Ocean Sensory Tub - from Rachel (",)

 

Ocean Sensory Tub - from Rachel (",)

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Water Tray

I gave this a ‘fish tank’ feel – aquarium gravel & plants with shells & fish…

Fish tank water tray - from Rachel (",)

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Again, nothing to do with beaches, but we also had a bit of a finger workout with some World Cup fun…

Finger Gym World Cup Football - from Rachel (",)

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Thanks for reading!

Rachel (“,)

P.S. In case any of the children had ‘Frozen’ withdrawals, I made sure the characters were still available…

Frozen Characters in a Tray - from Rachel (",)

18 Comments

  1. What an amazing experience for your children! Well done!

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    • Thank you James! (“,)

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  2. Fabulous ideas

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    • Thanks Moreen (“,)

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  3. I love all your pictures and ideas. I have just one question – 3 colours of playdough… how long does it stay 3 colours? Mine becomes one colour within about 5 minutes of the children coming in!

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    • Hi Nicola! Well it depends on the children! I have 2 different sets over the week. My ‘End of the Week’ children are fab at keeping it separate, but the ‘Beginning of the Week’ children find it a bit more of a challenge 😉

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  4. Wow this is amazing!! Is this all in one week?!? How long does it take you to set up? Natalie x

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    • Hi Natalie. Yes these activities were all from one week. However, some of them will stay out a bit longer or will be adapted slightly, depending on the children’s interests & how engaged they are.
      As for setting up, well they help me with some of it. They enjoy helping to put new things out so we start during the afternoon & then I carry on after school. It usually takes about 3 hours after they’ve gone, but I actually really enjoy doing it… (“,)

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  5. I LOVE the shell math activities!! Great ideas!

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    • Thank you! Lots of ideas like this on Pinterest (“,)

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  6. Would love to hear more from you – you have some lovely ideas!

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    • Thank you Liz! (“,)

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    • Thanks Anne! (“,)

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  7. Hi, the seaside display looks amazing, how did you do the backdrop for the role play area??

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    • Thank you! The backdrop for the role-play area is bought. We have a few different ones & they’re all fab. Think they were from TTS (“,)

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  8. Hi! I follow lots of your ideas on pinterest and use many in my own SEN class – just wondering where you got the finger football from? and the soap mats? they look fab!

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    • Hi Rachel,
      The finger football was from a pound shop although I can’t remember which one I’m afraid as it was a couple of years ago (possibly Pound Empire). Most of my soap mats have come from eBay – there are lots of different shapes. Ikea does large ones too 🙂

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