10 Beach Party Activities
1) Beach Ball and Towel Game: Have two students hold the sides of the towel, and make the beach ball move from side to side. For an added challenge, see how many times students can bounce the ball on the towel without it falling to the ground.
2) Sand Castles: wet the sand and put it into the wading pool. Have students use sand toys and cups to make a sand castle. For an added challenge give the students parameters on items that must be included in their castles (doors, windows, driveways, moats, and so on). On another day, wet the sand and give students some items to make imprints (shoes, cans, wheels, sand dollars, shells and starfish).
3) Personal Beach Bag Craft: Give each student a plastic baggie, markers, paper and craft materials (fabric, pompoms, sequins), and glue. Each child decorates a bag to store items they find at the beach. When dry, collect some items from a local beach and fill the wading pool. Allow students to take some treasures home in their baggies.
4) Make Miniature Palm Trees: Have students twist and roll brown paper bags into tube length. Tape the bags shut, leaving a hole at the top. Students tear green crepe paper and glue to the inside of the roll.
5) Tropical Snack: Make fruit smoothies with the students using milk and fresh fruit.
6) Hear the Ocean: Listen to the sounds of a shell. Provide students will large and small conch shells. As the students listen to the shells, they describe what they hear and they dictate to the teacher, write or draw what they heard. This makes a great display of the sense of hearing as well.
7) Play in the Sand: Provide both wet and dry sand in tubs. Give the students Popsicle sticks and let them write in the sand. Let them share the differences between textures.
8) Learn Letters: Label beach balls with alphabet letters (capital or lowercase) on each color of the ball. As a large group activity, students throw the ball to one another. They name the letter (and/or letter sound) between their two hands when they catch it.
9) Pictures of the Beach: take pictures of students at the beach party and center. Have students cut out pictures of the real beach from magazines. Incorporate the classroom pictures and magazine pictures in a collage or storybook.
10) Create a Mini Photo Album: take pictures of the students in the beach centers and either put them into a small album or make your own by putting the photos on index cards and putting a whole punch in the top corner of each index card. Tie the cards together for a cute album. Call it, "Our Day at the Beach." This will make a great display at graduation.