This creative play idea is brought to you
by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog
Ambassador Amy Mascott.
Learning at the beach? You better believe it! Disguised as play, beach time is a perfect time for sneaking in some learning! –Amy
There’s no better time than those long and lazy days at the beach to sneak in some learning for kids. Once parents have a few ideas to keep in their back pockets, beach-time learning will become a natural part of summer fun.
- Tic-Tac-Toe: Use a stick or the handle of a shovel to show your child how to draw a board in the sand, and then let each player decide what he or she will use for markers. Try to move away from the standard X and O, and instead encourage children to draw their initials or a favorite shape.
- Write the Word: Take turns writing a word in the wet sand near the water and try to read it before the water washes it away. Use sight words, family names, or word families!
- Gather (and Count!) Shells: Children love to search for shells, so use the found shells for learning by working together to line them up and count them. Count first one by one, and then model skip-counting by even and odd numbers.
- Hunt for Treasures: Go beyond shells and encourage children to find treasures of all kinds–sand crabs, rocks, sticks, and so on. Then take a look at the treasures and work to sort them by size, color, texture, and use. Encourage children to find other ways of categorizing them.
- Guess the Object: Get into the sand with buckets and shovels (like Melissa & Doug’s Clicker Crab Pail and Shovel or any of these cool Sunny Patch tools). Take turns building and molding the sand, allowing friends and family to guess what you created.
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