Day at the Beach

Day at the Beach

A fortnight holiday meant that many of our families would be going on holiday or visiting the beach. With this in mind I set up activities to inspire talk of their experiences. Here are some of the things we enjoyed…

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Beach Transient Art

A couple of girls in my class helped me paint this beach/sea card a few years ago. It’s great for activities like transient art, although I have used it in other ways too. I provided shells, pebbles, stones, fish & sorting people to go with it…

Beach transient art using a painted background - from Rachel (",)

We started by making a really simple picture…

Beach transient art using a painted background - from Rachel (",)

Then I left them to it & they were much more elaborate!

Beach transient art using a painted background - from Rachel (",)

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Shell Patterns in the Sand

Patterns in sand with shells from Rachel (",)

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Beachy Maths Opportunities

Counting with Shells & Glass Pebbles

Counting with shells and glass pebbles from Rachel (",)

Counting and Fine Motor Skills

Counting and fine motor skills (free printable available) from Rachel (",)

The printable is available to download in this post if you would like a copy 🙂

Ice-Cream Shop

Counting ‘ice-cream’ scoops and sorting…

Counting and sorting 'ice cream scoops' from Rachel (",)

 

Counting Shells 

We used the ‘Shut the Box’ game for this…

Counting shells from Rachel (",)

Simple Sorting

Simple sorting from Rachel (",) .

Exploring Shells

… and transient art…

Invitation to explore shells & create transient art... from Rachel (",)

Exploring and creating with shells from Rachel (",)

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Finger Gym

A focus on the initial letters from their names…

Tracing initial letters from our names with beach-inspired loose parts - from Rachel (",)

Tracing initial letters from our names with beach-inspired loose parts - from Rachel (",)

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Fun on the Homemade Lightbox

… with glass shells and fish beads…

Glass shells and fish beads on the homemade lightbox from Rachel (",)

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Small World Beach Play

Small world beach play from Rachel (",)

Small world beach play from Rachel (",)

This made me smile – how many people can squeeze into the boat?! 😉

All aboard! from Rachel (",)

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Rock Pool

One of the little girls enjoyed telling me about some ‘rock pooling’ she’d done on holiday, so we made a little one for her to enjoy playing with…

Simple rock pool from Rachel (",)

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Beach-Style Dough

Beach-y dough from Rachel (",)

 

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Fishing in the Water Tray

Fishing in the water tray from Rachel (",)

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Picnic Fun

A simple invitation…

Picnic fun from Rachel (",)

I preferred their way  of ‘organising’ the food though…

Picnic fun from Rachel (",)

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Sensory Play

Sensory ‘beach’ fun with dyed rice & haricot beans, fish beads & starfish…

Sensory play from Rachel (",)

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– Rachel (“,)

8 Comments

  1. How I would have liked to be a child in your class! I am a teacher in Brussels at a large International School which has its own curriculum, but we are managing to bring more and more sensory play in to our classrooms. Your ideas have been fantastically helpful and very serendipitious – I think of something I’d like to do or that I think my pupils would like or need, do some research, and there your photos are!
    Thank you for such creativity and for your generosity in sharing,

    (another) Rachel

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    • Oh Rachel, thank you for that wonderful comment!
      It makes my day to hear I may have inspired another teacher in some way!
      Wonderful to hear that you’re managing to bring some sensory play into your classroom – I know it can be tricky when you have to manage a tight curriculum.

      Thank you again!
      – Rachel (“,)

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  2. So happy to see these lovely ideas! We are on break for the summer, but I continue to peruse your blog because it really feeds my teacher soul! I love how you follow your children and set things up for them–you are such a kind and generous teacher! 🙂

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    • Thank you, Chris! 😀
      Enjoy your summer break – I have another 6 weeks until mine starts. Busy, busy! 😉

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  3. Wonderful as always – thanks for sharing!!

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    • Thanks Susie! 🙂

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    • Thanks Emma. We loved it too! (“,)

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