Print off beach pictures from clip art or the internet.
Encourage the children to add stickers or glue pictures to the beach pictures.
What you need: Glue, paper plates, markers/paint, and googly eyes.
Have the children assemble and color their jellyfish. Then draw numbers on each tentacle. Have them match googly eyes to the numbers on the tentacles.
Print out a picture of a starfish, octopus, whale, etc.
Lay the picture on a white piece of paper. Have the kids use water colors over the top of the picture, then peel the paper up to reveal their sea creature!
Draw lines onto paper plates using a permanent marker to match a beach ball. Allow the children to use paint or markers to finish their very own paper plate beach ball.
Read: “At the Beach” by Anne Rockwell
Rhyme: Walking Down the Beach by Debbie Hasbrook M.Ed
First Sounds at the Ocean
Materials needed: pictures of beach items with a single sound (always use lower case letters when labeling): driftwood, clam, bird, sand, wave, crab, fish, and kelp. You will also need 5x7 cards, glue, contact paper or laminate, marker.
Directions: Teach the children the first sounds of the words. Teach the children the phonetic sound of each letter. Have the children match the first sound with the letter. Let them match sounds alone, in partners, or teacher directed. Display pictures and sounds. You could display these on the wall and attach Velcro to the back of the letter and front of the picture for independent learning.
Extension Activity 1: Add small toy representations of the picture. Put these in a small basket. Have children match first letter sounds and the toy.
Extension Writing Activity 2: Display cards in writing area. Provide 5x7 cards and pencils. Children may attempt to write the words or letters. If they do let them attach the card to a drawing about their word or letter.
This is a very easy sensory play project. All you need to do is paint the children's hands and have them press their hands on paper. let them use their hands in the paint to fill in gaps, then add googly eyes and a smile!
This is a good sensory play project. Use glue to outline the letter "B." Have the children use there fingers to trace and flatten the letter, then have them pour sand over the glue. Shake the sand off to reveal your letter.
This Crafty Crab, is an easy project that can be adapted for all ages. A paper plate folded in half with construction paper claws. Children can decorate the crab, here we used water colors and googly eyes. For younger children you can tell a story about a crab, or have them tell you a story. For older children do not attach the sides of the paper plate so that it can be opened and laid flat, have them include facts about crabs or a story on the inside of the crab. This activity combines both art and literacy.