Ocean and Beach Play

Ocean and Beach Play

Lots of ocean, beach and holiday inspired play recently. We’re still in the middle of it, actually, but thought I’d share some of what we’ve enjoyed so far…

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Beach Finds in the LED Box

The starfish was a great attraction!

Beach finds in the LED box - from Rachel (",)

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Grimm’s and Grapat Resources on the Reversible Sequin Board 

Grimm's and Grapat resources on the reversible sequin board - from Rachel (",)

Grimm's and Grapat resources on the reversible sequin board - from Rachel (",)

Facial expressions on a ‘jellyfish’…

Creating facial expressions with a Grimm's and Grapat reversible sequin jellyfish - from Rachel (",)

Some pieces migrated to the carpet…

Creating with Grimm's and Grapat - from Rachel (",)

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Creative Building

We used the same resources on the cable reel too. Love seeing their creations…

Building with ocean coloured Grapat and Grimm's resources - from Rachel (",)

Loved this ‘bunny rabbit with spots’!

'A bunny rabbit with spots' - from Rachel (",)

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Dough Play

Loose parts for the dough - from Rachel (",)

Mermaids and mermen. Lots of fabulous language with this…

Mermaids and mermen with dough and loose parts - from Rachel (",)

… and other creations…

Dough and loose parts - from Rachel (",)

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Small World Play

Ocean world - from Rachel (",)

Playing in the ocean world - from Rachel (",)

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Mermaid Play

Mermaid play - from Rachel (",)

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Fine Motor Work

Using fine motor skills to pick up ocean inspired loose parts…

Using fine motor skills to pick up ocean inspired loose parts - from Rachel (",)

Transferring the turtles with tweezers – beat the timer!

Transferring the turtles with tweezers - beat the timer! from Rachel (",)

Painting stones with water…

Painting stones with water - from Rachel (",)

Pom-pom ice-creams on the light panel…

Pom-pom ice-creams on the light panel - from Rachel (",)

Tracing line designs with ocean-inspired loose parts…

Line designs and ocean inspired loose parts - from Rachel (",)

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Ocean Inspired Maths

Counting, number recognition and sorting…

Ocean inspired maths - from Rachel (",)

Sorting fish…

Sorting fish - from Rachel (",)

Pirates and Fish Pebbles

Pirate and ocean inspired number work from Rachel (",)

Fishy Maths

Maths with fish - from Rachel (",)

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Beach and Ocean Finds on the Discovery Table

Beach and ocean finds on the Discovery Table - from Rachel (",)

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Beach and Ocean Transient Art

Invitation to create beach and ocean transient art - from Rachel (",)

Beach and ocean transient art - from Rachel (",)

Everything on!

Everything on the transient art! - from Rachel (",)

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Turtles in the Water Tray

Turtles in the water tray - from Rachel (",)

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Ocean Play on the OHP

Ocean play on the OHP - from Rachel (",)

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Finding Interesting Rocks

…and making volcanoes…

Finding interesting rocks and making volcanoes - from Rachel (",)

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Thanks for reading!

Shark hat - from Rachel (",)

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Listening for the sea - from Rachel (",)

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14 Comments

  1. Hello
    I am a new subscriber to your site. Just love your ideas and every time i visit its an inspiration for my teaching as a distance ed mum with school of the future with my two. Also I design teaching products. I am very very picky of which blogs and people i follow. My prep girl went nuts over a block road printable, now i find myself making my own sentence chart with unicorn duct taoe and my own light table and led box.and it continues….LOL.

    Love your imagination.

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    • Ah, thank you for your lovely comment, Geraldine! 🙂

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  2. Where did you get the LED light box?

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    • Ikea 🙂

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  3. Aw everything just looks so inviting. I especially love the jellyfish facial expressions, they are fab. Thanks for sharing your lovely work. The children in your class are very lucky xx

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    • The boy who did the jellyfish made me laugh… he said, “This is one is happy, this one is sad and this one is saying OH!” 😀
      Thanks for the lovely comment!

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  4. I absolutely LOVE your ideas! Wondering w so many offerings how often do you change your tables? Is this over the course of two or three weeks? Thanks!

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    • Hi Shannon,
      These particular things have been out for two weeks and will still be out next week. However, some things only last for a week. It completely depends on how engaged the children are with the activities.
      Thanks for the lovey comment! 🙂

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  5. Hi, I love the reversible sequin board. Did you make it?
    Also, where did you find the little turtles for fine motor?
    I always love your ideas. What an inspiration

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    • Hi Helen,
      I just stapled a piece of reversible sequin fabric (bought from eBay) onto a large canvas.
      The small turtles were from Hobbycraft – quite a few years ago though, so not sure if they still do them x

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  6. Where did you get the lit clear box the starfish is in?

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    • Ikea:-)

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  7. Hi Rachel,
    Thank you for always being so inspiring- when I feel myself losing hope I know I can come back here and be re-energised!

    I noticed that you commented that an activity migrated to the carpet- do you teach and encourage the children to maintin an activity to a specific area, or can they take items anywhere. I’m new to my currrent setting and the children take items all around the room and mix them all up, often taking objects from a activity that has been set up. How do you manage it?

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    • Thanks for the lovely comment, Mea!
      I don’t mind them moving resources around, as long as they return them when they’ve finished – this takes ‘training’at the beginning of the year (& reminders!) 🙂

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