Take a large
blue blanket. Stand the children at the edge of the blanket as
two people hold the ends (adults are best). Tell the children
this is a
wave because they do not have swim suits on they don't want to
get caught by
the wave and get wet. As you move the wave (blanket) away from
them you say
"The waves are going out" Then you move the blanket back toward the
children and say
"The wave is coming in don't get wet." Repeat several times.
You can also catch a slow child and tell them they are all
two or three children to make mounds in the sand at the sand
table or sandbox.
Then have the children close their
eyes while you hide a small sea shell in one of the
mounds. Have the children open their eyes and search
in the mounds of sand for the
shell. Let the child who
finds the shell first hide it the next time.
of using a sea shell, you can use any type of small toy.
Use paper cups instead of mounds of sand.
four funnels of various sizes. Give each funnel to a
Have the children hold the funnels
over the sand table or sand box
and pour sand through them
for a specified time. Which funnel made the
mountain of sand? Compare the results with the sizes
of the funnels.
Sand Pass Game
your children sit in a circle in a sandy area...pretending
to be at the beach.
Give each child a different sand
toy. As you play some music, let the children
with their sand toys. When the music stops, have the
their toys to the right so that each child has
a new toy to play with.
Play the music again, having
the children pass toys each time the music stops.
Follow the Trail
a stick to make a line in a sandy area. Have your
walk on the line. Try making a variety of
lines: lines that curve,
lines that have sharp
corners, lines that stop and start, etc.
I Spy Jar
Fill a large plastic bottle
with sand. Drop familiar objects into the bottle. Tighten the lid.
As the children turn the bottle, different objects will surface. Name the
clues for the children to find a certain item. Attach a card with pictures
of the items.
Bingo cards with an extra set for your calling cards. Explain the game
of Bingo to the children. Give them something to use as markers. Pick
a calling card and those who have that picture put a marker on it. The
child who fills his card wins. Continue play until everyone’s card is
open grassy area, set up a start line and finish line. Have the
get down on their hands and knees at the start line, pretending to be
At the count of three, have them start crawling sideways toward the
When each child crosses the finish line, give them a small prize
like a gummy fish, shell, or a paper sea star shape.
Have older children try the traditional crab walk. Ask them to sit
on the ground
and lean back on their hands. Have them bend their knees, keeping
their feet flat
on the ground. Then have them lift their bottoms off the ground and
try moving sideways.
Lifeguard, lifeguard, Where's Your Whistle?
is a simple variation of the old favorite, "Doggy doggy where's your
Sea Shell Scavenger Hunt
Have a scavenger hunt for seashells. Use paper shapes if you
can't get real ones.
Things At the Beach
the children in a circle. Explain that you are going to roll the
ball to someone. When a child receives the ball, he should name
found at the beach, then roll the ball back to you. You may want to
younger children some examples, such as sand, kites, or beach towels.
As a variation for older children, encourage each child to name all the
previously mentioned beach items before adding his own to the list.
Beach Ball Fun
the children to stand in a circle. Choose one child to be "it."
Invite the child who is "it" to stand in the center of the circle, toss
beach ball into the air, and call out, "Beach ball for (name of a
player in the circle.) Have the player who is named retrieve the
ball. Then designate that child as the new "it." Continue the game
until everyone has had a turn tossing the ball and retrieving it.
Who Took The Beach Ball
game is similar to "Who Stole The Cookie From The Cookie Jar?"
Bring out an inflatable beach ball. Pass it to each
child, in turn, as the class performs this chant.
Who took the beach ball from the sandy beach?
Teacher: (Child's name) took the beach ball
from the sandy beach!
Named Child: Who, me?
Class: Yes, you!
Named child: Couldn't be!
Class: Then who?
Teacher: (Naming a different child)
took the beach ball from the sandy beach!
the last child holding the ball to be the first to participate in the next
"treasure" such as a shiny penny or a small rock that you have
painted gold, plus eight to ten small shells. Show the items to the
Have them close their eyes while you bury the treasure and shells in a
sandbox or a plastic tub of sand. When the players open their eyes,
them to take turns digging with their hands for the buried items. After
items have been found, let the player who discovered the treasure
bury the items for the next round of the game.
assortment of shells for trying these ideas with your group.
Sort the shells by kind, color, or size. Count the number of clam shells,
shells, and so forth. Line up the shells from smallest to largest or in
Guess how many shells are in a bucket. Count together to check your