Oceans Day 9: The Beach

Oceans Day 9: The Beach

The Beach

Learning about the beach was fun for the boys, since we were in CA this month and really got to visit the beach.

Read: Clams all Yearby Maryann Cocoa-Leffler

Discuss: Walking along a beach you can find lots of different kinds of shells that have been washed up. The shells once belonged to animals.

Paper Plate Beach


  • Paper Plate

  • Blue Tissue Paper

  • Sand

  • Sea Shells

  • Construction Paper

  • Glue

  • Scissors


  1. Glue sand onto the bottom half of the plate for the beach.IMG_3671
  2. Glue the blue tissue paper to the top half of your paper plate for the ocean.IMG_3672
  3. Glue a few small shells to the beach.
  4. Cut a sail boat, beach umbrella, fish, shovel and pail out of construction paper and glue them on.IMG_3673

Ocean Riddles

I had these Ocean Riddles in my files.  J liked to figure them out.

Beach Pudding


  • Butterscotch Pudding

  • Graham Crackers

  • Blue Sugar Sprinkles

  • Paper Umbrella

  • Teddy Grahams

  • Shark or Fish Gummies

  • Fruit Roll-ups (for a beach towel)

  • Peachy-O’s Gummies (for an inner tube)

  • Clear Plastic Cup


  1. Make pudding according to directions and place it in a few little cups.
  2. Crush up the graham crackers in a plastic baggie.
  3. Use a spoon to cover half of the pudding with blue sugar sprinkles (for the water) and the other have with the graham cracker crumbs (for the beach).
  4. Cut a small rectangle from the fruit roll up for a beach towel and place it in the sand.
  5. Place Teddy Graham on the beach towel and add the umbrella.
  6. Add a Peachy-o gummy for the inner tube and put a Teddy Graham in the water too.IMG_3657
  7. Add some fish gummies to the water.IMG_3664 IMG_3663

Sandpaper Sandcastle


  • Sandpaper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Craft Stick
  • Construction Paper


1.  Draw a sandcastle on the sandpaper.

2.  Cut out the sandcastle.

3.  Cut a flag out of the construction paper and glue it to the craft stick, then glue the craft stick to the top of your castle.IMG_3676

Sea Shells in the Sand

I gave J a jar of sea shells to play with in the sand by the play ground.

Sea Shell Addition


  • Sand

  • Sea Shells

  • Black Marker


  1. Write a number between 0 and 10 on the bottom of each shell and bury the shells in the sand.IMG_3678
  2. Child chooses 2 shells and writes the addition combination with his finger in the sand.IMG_3677

Observe a Shell

I had this packet for shell observation in my files.  J had fun doing some shell science.IMG_3684 

 Listening to the shell.IMG_3686

 Measuring the shells.IMG_3687 IMG_3688 IMG_3689

Sand Dollar Fives

Discuss:  Sand dollars have 5 holes, and a 5 point star. They are hard and spiny shaped like a coin. They live on sandy sea floors about 30-40 feet under water. Sand dollars partly bury themselves under the sand with an edge poking out. If you break open a dead sand dollar you will find many hard white pieces that were the sand dollars teeth. Their hard skin is made of calcium carbonate plates. The bottom side is where the mouth is. They have tiny tube feel that are used as gills. The holes on the top side are for reproduction. They eat tiny particles of food that floats in the water.


  • Sand dollars (real or paper)

  • Smaller sea shells (or dry beans)


  1. Make a number line by place sea shells in a line for numbers 1-4.
  2. Place a sand dollar next in the line for number 5.
  3. Then more sea shells for numbers 5-9.
  4. And another sand dollar for number 10, etc..
  5. After you have built your number line ask addition and subtraction problems like “what is 10+3? or what is 2 less than 5?)

Paper Plate Oyster


  • 2 Small Paper Plates

  • Paint pink and blue

  • White Pom-pom

  • Scissors

  • Glue


  1. Paint the back of one paper plate blue.
  2. Cut the second paper plat in half and paint the back parts pink. Let them both dry.
  3. Bend the gray on in half so the painted part is on the outside.
  4. Glue the pink parts inside of the folded plate.
  5. Glue the white pom-pom pearl inside the oyster.IMG_3708

Painting a Sun Catcher

I found this palm tree sun catcher clearanced at the end of the summer.  J likes to paint them, but this time he decided to try glitter glue on it.  It turned out nice. Zuma Beach

When we were on the west coast we spent a day playing at the beach.IMG_3403

Our little family!IMG_3424


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Ocean Unit Study

Day 1: Earth’s Oceans

Day 2: Fish

Day 3: Cartilaginous Fish (Sharks, Rays & Eels)

Day 4: Aquatic Mammals (Whales & Dolphins)

Day 5: Jellyfish

Day 6: Cephalopods (Octopus & Squid)

Day 7: Marine Reptiles (Sea Turtles)

Day 8: Crustaceans (Crabs)

Day 9: The Beach

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