At the beach – My Messy Box

At the beach

Activity

Materials Needed

 

 Introductory Activity

 

  • 3 clear and dry recycled bottles (preferably no bigger than 500ml bottles so that it is a comfortable weight for your child to handle)
  • Strong tape or glue gun or super glue
  • Family photo at the beach, printed out

 

Sand sensory bottle

 

  • Pretend sand: uncooked rice grains blended finely to resemble sand
  • Small pebbles and shells
  • Some green leaves
  • Some short twigs

 

Wave sensory bottle

 

  • White vinegar
  • Vegetable oil or baby oil
  • Blue food colouring

 

 

 Focused Activity 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Bonus Challenge I

 

 

 

 Bonus Challenge II

 

 

  • Suggested props for setting up a beach corner at home:
    • Beach chairs/umbrella
    • Wading pool
    • Shells
    • Beach towels
    • Sunglasses
    • Mini surf boards, floats, beach balls & sand toys (buckets, shovels, rakes)
    • Beach hats/visors
    • Empty sun lotion bottles
  • Camera
  • Magazines/newspapers
  • Scissors

 

 

 Sensory Play

 

 

 

  • At the beach word cards (available for download)
  • Empty tub/container
  • Flour
  • Yellow food colouring
  • Vegetable oil
  • Beach play set that you have at home
    • Bucket
    • Spade
    • Rake
    • Different moulds
  • Recycled containers (if you do not have a beach play set)
  • Seashells
  • Palm leaves (or any other leaves that you can find)
  • Cocktail umbrellas
  • Animal figurines such as crab and starfish

 

Introduction : At the Beach Sensory Bottles

Objectives

 

  1. Explore and discover the different natural elements that you can find at the beach through the use of sand and wave sensory bottles

  2. Recall past experiences at the beach and share them with others confidently

 

Materials Needed

  • 3 clear and dry recycled bottles (preferably no bigger than 500ml bottles so that it is a comfortable weight for your child to handle)

  • Strong tape or glue gun or super glue

  • Family photo at the beach, printed out

 

Sand sensory bottle

  • Pretend sand: uncooked rice grains blended finely to resemble sand

  • Small pebbles and shells

  • Some green leaves

  • Some short twigs

 

Wave sensory bottle

  • White vinegar

  • Vegetable oil or baby oil

  • Blue food colouring

 

Directions

Prep:

  • You can prep for this activity together with your child

  • For the sand sensory bottle:

    • Pour sand into bottle till 1/3 full

    • Drop in the remaining items: small pebbles, shells, green leaves, short twigs

    • Cap the bottle tightly by taping it round the cap with strong tape. If you have a glue gun or super glue, squirt glue around the insides of the bottle cap before capping the bottle

  • For the wave sensory bottle:

    • Fill 1/3 of the bottle with vinegar

    • Then add in a few drops of food colouring (Be sure to drop a little at a time so that it doesn’t get too dark)

    • Then add oil till about 1/2 or 3/4 of the bottle

    • Cap the bottle tightly by taping it round the cap with strong tape. If you have a glue gun or super glue, squirt glue around the insides of the bottle cap before capping the bottle

 

Activity:

  • Display the two sensory bottles attractively together with a family photo enjoying a day out at the beach

    • The photo anchors this activity as it prompts the child to recall his/her past experience at the beach and re-present them when engaging with the sensory bottle

  • Allow your child to explore with each of the sensory bottle

  • Some actions your child can do with the bottles

    • Tilting the bottles from left to right and right to left to watch the sand/waves move from side to side

    • Shake the bottle gently

    • Roll the bottle on the floor

  • Throughout exploring the sensory bottles, prompt your child:

    • What he/she sees in the bottles

    • What does the sensory bottle remind him/her of i.e. coarse sand, cold water etc

    • Draw on past shared experiences at the beach during the activity e.g. “Do you still remember how the sand feels like? Did you remember how nervous/excited you were when it was your first time at the beach?”

 

 

Focused Activity: Fishing for Letters

Objectives

1. Improve letter recognition skills by fishing out lowercase and uppercase letters.

2. Develop word blending skills by putting individual letters together to form a word related to the beach.

3. Demonstrate perseverance in a given task.

4. Practise fine motor skills

 

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Cut out the fish letters and attach a paper clip to each. You may wish to print them out on colored paper and laminate them for extra durability.

  • Using the masking tape, stick one end of the twine to the chopstick and the other end to the magnet. You and your child are now ready to start fishing for your chosen letters.

 

Activity:

  • Start by having your child fish out certain letters called out by you before fishing out the uppercase corresponding match.

  • Once your child is able to recognise most or all of the letters, you may wish to fish for the letters needed to spell certain words (refer to at the beach word cards).

  • Alternatively, you could also have a second set of letters in a bag, such as scrabble tiles in a paper bag, and see who is the first one to fish for the letter you pull out of the bag.

 

Bonus Challenge I: Shell Observations 

Objectives

1. Use senses and simple tools to examine seashells and observe their physical properties (texture, color, shape, size)

2. Make simple recordings of seashell observations through drawing or writing.

 

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Lay out different types of seashells on a tray. Alternatively, you may print out pictures of seashells if you lack real seashells at home.

 

Activity:

  • Invite your child to pick out one seashell he/she likes.

  • Use a magnifying glass to look at the details of your shell. Record your findings with a drawing and words in the observation sheet provided.

  • In the observation sheet provided, children will:

    • Pick one seashell. Use their senses to observe and record its traits.

    • Trace the shell on the observation sheet provided.

    • Color in the details.

    • Use your senses to make a word bank that describes their shell according to the different senses (sight/touch/smell/hearing).

    • Write a sentence that describes your shell.

 

Bonus Challenge II: Pictures of the Beach

Objectives

1. Encourages child to think creatively and exercise their imaginations in playing out roles at the beach.

2. Develop fine motor skills through cutting.

 

Materials Needed

  • Suggested props for setting up a beach corner at home:

    • Beach chairs/umbrella

    • Wading pool

    • Shells

    • Beach towels

    • Sunglasses

    • Mini surf boards, floats, beach balls & sand toys (buckets, shovels, rakes)

    • Beach hats/visors

    • Empty sun lotion bottles

  • Camera

  • Magazines/newspapers

  • Scissors

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Set up a make-believe beach corner at home. You may refer to the materials section for your themed corner.

 

Activity:

  • Take pictures of your child at the beach corner.

  • Have your child cut out pictures of the real beach from magazines/newspapers.

  • Incorporate the pictures from the beach corner together with the pictures from the magazines/newspapers into a collage or storybook.

 

 

Sensory Play : Beach Cloud Dough Sensory Bin

Objectives

  1. Strengthen fine motor skills

  2. Expanding vocabulary by recognising different items commonly found/used at the beach

 

Materials Needed

  • At the beach word cards (available for download)

  • Empty tub/container

  • Flour

  • Yellow food colouring

  • Vegetable oil

  • Beach play set that you have at home

    • Bucket

    • Spade

    • Rake

    • Different moulds

  • Recycled containers (if you do not have a beach play set)

  • Seashells

  • Palm leaves (or any other leaves that you can find)

  • Cocktail umbrellas

  • Animal figurines such as crab and starfish

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Add 8 parts flour to 1 part vegetable oil

    • Use the same measuring item when measuring out the flour and oil e.g. if you’re using a small bowl to measure out, then it is 8 bowls of flour and 1 bowl of vegetable oil

  • Add a a drop or two of yellow food colouring

  • Mix it all together in a bowl to form cloud dough

    • The mixture should be crumbly but yet firm enough to hold itself together i.e. grab hold of some cloud dough and pack it together to form a ball or some odd shape

    • The shape you just made should be able to stay in shape without crumbling but at the same time if u smash it, it crumbles (exactly like sand)

  • Once ready, fill an empty container with the prepared cloud dough to make the beach sensory bin

  • Accessorize the sensory bin with beach-related materials (refer to materials list for some ideas)

 

Activity 1:

  • Place cloud dough sensory bin on a floormat/bath towel for easier clean up

  • Place word cards in a small container next to the sensory bin

  • Invite your child to pick out a word card from the container, fish out the corresponding item from the bin and match to the card

    • Remember to say the word aloud for your child to try and repeat after

  • Repeat for the remaining word cards

Activity 2:

  • Allow child to explore the sensory bin as well as the cloud dough texture

  • Discuss how it is very similar to sand at the beach

  • Invite child to make sandcastles using the cloud dough

    • Using a spade/shovel, scoop some cloud dough into a bucket or container

    • Pack it in tightly till it’s full

    • Turn the bucket/container over

    • Give it a little pat all around before removing the bucket/container to reveal a sandcastle

    • Decorate the sand castle using various items found in the sensory bin

  • Some aspects of fine-motor skills to take note of:

    • Palmar grip: Ensure child holds the handle spade/shovel in his palm

    • Eye-hand coordination: Guide child to scoop and pour the cloud dough into the bucket with as little spillage as possible

    • Bilateral coordination and wrist flexibility: Using both hands and wrist to turn over the bucket before lifting it up to reveal the sandcastle