You are invited to download the beach poster with matching watercolor cards with 10 elements – learning printables for preschool and kindergarten children. Use this resource with watercolor drawings to create hands-on summer and ocean-themed activities for your students. This resource will come in handy if you are planning to explore the ocean biome in your Montessori and early childhood classroom.
The beach is a fun and exciting place for children to explore. Here are some scientific facts about the beach that children may find interesting:
- Sand is made up of tiny rocks and shells that have been worn down over time by wind and water.
- The ocean is home to millions of different species of plants and animals, including fish, dolphins, whales, turtles, and seagulls.
- Waves are created by wind blowing across the ocean’s surface, causing the water to move back and forth.
- Tides are caused by the gravitational pull of the sun and moon on the Earth’s oceans.
- Seashells are made up of calcium carbonate, which is also found in limestone and chalk.
- Seaweed is a type of plant that grows in the ocean. Some types of seaweed can be eaten by humans, such as nori which is used to make sushi.
- The ocean is an important part of the Earth’s ecosystem, helping to regulate the Earth’s temperature and climate.
- The beach is a great place to find treasures such as seashells, rocks, and beach glass. These items can give insight into the history of the beach and the animals that live there.
- It is important to take care of the beach and ocean by picking up trash and not disturbing the wildlife.
- The beach is a great place to learn about science and nature through exploration and observation.
Beach activities for preschool children
In a Montessori 3-6 classroom, learning about the beach can be integrated into various subject areas. Below are some examples:
- Practical life: Children can practice pouring sand and water into containers, use a small rake to make patterns in the sand, and learn how to fold beach towels.
- Sensorial: Children can use their senses to explore seashells, sand, and seaweed. They can touch and feel various textures, smell the saltwater, and listen to the sound of waves.
- Geography: Children can learn about the various oceans and beaches around the world, as well as the creatures that live in those areas.
- Language: Teachers can read books about the beach and encourage children to use descriptive vocabulary to describe the sand, waves, and creatures they see.
- Creative arts: Children can create beach-themed artwork using materials such as sand, shells, and seaweed. They can also sing beach songs and dance to beach-themed music.
By incorporating various subject areas and activities, children can learn and appreciate the beauty of the beach in a fun and engaging way.
Preschoolers can engage in other variety of hands-on activities at the beach that align with the Montessori approach to learning. One activity is to create a sensory bin filled with sand and seashells for children to explore with their senses. Another activity is to collect and sort shells, rocks, and other beach treasures by size, shape, or color. Preschoolers can also use a bucket and shovel to build sandcastles or dig and create a moat. Lastly, children can learn about ocean creatures by observing and identifying them in tide pools or creating art with materials found at the beach.
To make a beach sensory bin for preschoolers, follow these steps:
1) Find a container with a lid, such as a large plastic bin or a wooden tray with sides.
2) Fill the container with sand, shells, rocks, and scoops or shovels for digging and exploring.
3) Add additional sensory materials, such as water, seashells, or seaweed, to enhance the tactile experience.
4) Include pictures or books about the beach and encourage children to use their imaginations to create their own beach scenes.
5) Supervise children closely during playtime to ensure the safety and proper handling of materials.
Beach cleanup with kids is a great way to teach them the importance of protecting nature. Start by choosing a local beach and bring garbage bags, gloves, and a reusable water bottle. Before getting started, discuss the impacts of litter on the environment and the importance of keeping the beach clean. Encourage the kids to pick up any trash they see and sort it into recyclables and non-recyclables. To make it more fun, create a scavenger hunt where they can find and collect specific items. After the cleanup, reward the kids with a picnic or a swim in the ocean.
Beach printable for preschool – HERE IS what’s included
- 2 x beach poster
- 1 x sorting mat – background
- 1 x page with beach elements for matching
There are many uses for the printable. One of them is introducing children to new vocabulary and making glue-and-paste activities.
Younger children can be encouraged to match colored pictures to the black-and-white version.
Cut cards, laminate, and attach hook and loop dots to add an extra challenge for little fingers.
If you would like to enlarge the background, here is how you can do it. Hit Print. Make sure in your Advanced Settings ‘Print As Image’ has been deselected. Then hit ‘Poster’ and set your ‘Tile Scale’ according to how large you would like your poster to be. If you set it at 100%, it will print on two sheets. Trim sheets as needed and connect your poster pieces using scotch tape.
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