- Use a stick or finger and write numbers in the sand.
- Use a stick or a finger and write a math equation in the sand and have the child answer.
- Find several shells of varying sizes, colors, and shapes. Have the child sort the shells by size, color, or shape.
- Study patterns by arranging shells in a pattern, or by using sand molds or writing a pattern with a stick.
- Use seashells to practice counting. Arrange by twos, fives, and tens, to practice skip counting.
- Using a permanent marker, write numbers in the various sections (you may need to make sections). Toss the ball and where the child's thumbs are touching have the child add those two numbers.
- Measure sand with cups, spoons, plastic pails and more. Discover how many cups it takes to fill a bucket, etc.
- Write letters in the sand with a stick or another tool.
- Using a stick, have your child practice writing her name,
- Discuss ocean and beach words that start with the letter you are studying.
- Throw a beach ball back and forth. The person who catches it announces a letter and then states an ocean animal that begins with the letter. Make it more challening by going in alphabetical order. Broaden the scope of your play by including beach or ocean words.
- Study ocean animals and their habitat and eating habits. Observe seagulls or any animal you discover on your beach or in the water.
- Bring along a magnifying glass, black paper, and a bit of vinegar. Sprinkle sand on black paper and look at it through a magnifying glass. You will notice the different colors in the sand. Pour on a bit of vinegar and see what happens. If the sand bubbles it means it was once part of something living like coral, shells, or bone.
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- Draw in the sand using sticks, shovels, or fingers.
- Bring along school glue and construction paper. Draw or design with the glue on a piece of construction paper. Cover the paper with sand and shake off the excess sand.
- Treasure Hunt: Hide several small toys or gems in the sand and have the kids go search for it.
- Simple fun is often the best fun. Discover the joy of masterly inactivity by allowing the children and yourself free time to explore.
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