The theme this week for Discover & Explore is Beach. We are inviting you to share your favorite beach activities, crafts, snacks, tips, and resources for kids at the end of this post.
After making our mini play house we were eager to use it for some of our beach activities, so we decided to set up a beach small world. It turned out to be a wonderful place for pretend play and sensory exploration.
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- Glass beads
- Small pieces of drift wood
- Mini play house or any small structure that you would like to use as a beach house
- Large bin-We used our Step2 Water Table
Lovey immediately started coming up with stories and acting out play scenes. It didn’t take long before we had some princess visitors at the beach house. (Any small figures that can get wet will work great.)
Soon the water was full of fishy friends from our Safari Ltd Coral Reef Toob.
By combining the sensory elements along with the small world scene, both my toddler and preschooler had a lot of options for play. Tinker loved playing with the water and shells. She spent a lot of time feeling the water on her hands, listening to the sound of the shells moving around, and examining the details of the individual shells.
She did a great job of letting big sister use the beach house for pretend play for a couple days, but after sissy gave Tinker the go-ahead she was very excited to play “Hurricane.” We moved the house so it wouldn’t get ruined, and Tinker LOVED combining all of the sand, shells and water into one collection. This added a whole new layer of sensory play, that kept her busy for quite a while.
And if you’re wondering about clean up, each of the girls got to play with a colander. They sifted and collected the shells and gems, and clean up was just another part of the play!
Now it’s your turn. We’d love for you to share how you
Discover & Explore: Beaches!
Please note that we will be having a “Sea Life” theme in two weeks, so when possible please limit this week’s posts to beach related activities.
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Previous Discover and Explore Themes
Upcoming Discover and Explore Themes
- July 10-Vacations
- July 17-Life Under the Sea
- July 24-Space Exploration (Rockets, Shuttles, Sattelites, etc)
- July 31-Boats, Water Fun & Things that Float
- August 7-Camping
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