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Our preschool lesson plans are set up with circle time, stories, songs or rhymes, arts & crafts, pre-reading, math, science & discovery, gross motor/large muscle and a special activity. Below are a few free samples from our lesson plans, we hope you enjoy our preschool beach ideas!

Preschool Beach Theme - Circle Time Activity

Starfish color pompom match up

Starfish Color Pompom Match Up

This is a fun circle time activity that teaches children their colors, or for children that know some of their colors this is a great way to review colors with the children in a fun way.

This activity can be done with paper circles and pompoms. Or to make the activity more appealing to the children you can use the starfish in color or in black & white and cut apart. The starfish come in six colors red, blue, green, white, brown and yellow. You will also need the same colors in cardstock paper or construction paper. Cut out a circle of each color and place it in front of each of the starfish.

You will need pompoms that are red, blue, green, white, brown and yellow and have the children take turns matching up the pompoms to the starfish by color.

The starfish cards can be printed out in color or in black and white.

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We hope you enjoyed this idea and we have more ideas and some free printable below. Our fun beach ideas on this page were made to be used with preschool children ages 2 to 6.

This fun activity was made for our "Beach Theme" lesson plans, for more fun ideas like this one please visit our June preschool curriculum for lots of fun hands on activities for the children in your daycare, preschool or a stay at home mom who wants to begin teaching her child now to get him/her ready for school. You will find this theme in our June lesson plans for preschool.

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Print out the bluebird at the beach story, it’s a fun story that teaches colors and a few beach animal names as his freinds in the story are a sand dollar, a starfish and a clam. They have tons of fun when bluebird finds some makers that is, until their mommys see them different colors, cute story for teaching colors.

This free printable book was made for our preschool beach week lesson plans. Our curriculum is sold by the month and each month has four weeks of lesson plans. Our beach week is included in our June preschool curriculum. Beach week is week 4 of our lesson plans for June.

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Starfish Hokey Pokey Song

Hokey Pokey Starfish Song

Adapted from Hokey Pokey

You put your starfish in
You take your starfish out
You put your starfish in
And you swim him all about

You do the star fishy dance
And you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about!

{Clap hands twice at the end of song}

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We hope you enjoy our free printable pages. These can be used with toddlers or preschool children ages 2 to 6.

This fun activity was made for our "Beach Theme" lesson plans, for more fun ideas like this one please visit our June preschool curriculum for lots of fun hands on activities for the children in your daycare, preschool or a stay at home mom who wants to begin teaching her child now to get him/her ready for school. You will find this theme in our June lesson plans for preschool.

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Preschool Beach Theme Craft - Flip Flop

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Fun craft for beach week making flip flops! it’s a fun story that teaches colors and a few beach animal names as his freinds in the story are a sand dollar, a starfish and a clam. They have tons of fun when bluebird finds some makers that is, until their mommys see them different colors, cute story for teaching colors.

This free printable book was made for our preschool beach week lesson plans. Our curriculum is sold by the month and each month has four weeks of lesson plans. Our beach week is included in our June preschool curriculum. Beach week is week 4 of our lesson plans for June.

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Teaching Letter F


Print out the letter F is for fish page onto copy paper, you will need one page per child.

Have the children trace the word fish at the top of the page with a crayon, marker or thick pencil.

Then have them find the letter F at the bottom of the page and either circle them, put a circle sticker on them or dot them with a paint dauber

To begin teacher will pass out each child the letter F is for fish page. She will point to the letter F on the page and ask the children if they know what letter that is and then she will ask them to look at their paper and locate the fish on their paper.

Next, have them look at the word fish underneath, ask the children to point at the letter f in the word fish,then ask the children who knows what the next letter is? It’s an I, who knows what letter comes after the I, yes, it’s an s, what is the last letter? Yes, it’s an h.

Does anyone know what these letters spell? Look at the picture above, now do you know what the letters spell, yes the letters spell the word fish.

Now teacher will pass out the crayons, markers or thick pencils to the chldren and have them trace the letters.

When they are done tracing the word fish, teacher will have the children look at their papers again and find the letters at the bottom of the page, she will have them find the first letter f that is circled and point to it. Next, she will have all the children continue to look in that row to see if they can find another f, as they find the letters have them point to them and teacher can look over to make sure they are actually pointing at the letter f. Once everyone has the hang of pointing out the letter f's teacher will have them begin to circle the F’s.

Teacher will pass out crayons, markers or thick pencils and have the children circle the F’s on the page, or teacher can pass out circle stickers and have the children place these onto the F’s or she will give them paint or bingo daubers to go through and dab either letter F that they find in each row.

These pages can also be placed into a plastic sheet protector {Wal-Mart in the office section} or laminated so the children can use them over and over again. The fish page can be placed in your literacy area. You will want to place some dry erase markers with the fish cards or stickers so they can use the cards over and over again, great fun!

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Teaches Letter Recognition & Colors


Print out the page onto copy paper, you will need one page per child.

Have the children match up the letter tiles to the letters under the starfish.

These colorful starfish help to teach colors and the letters by having the children match up the letters to the letter tiles on the starfish color card.

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You should explain to the children that they are spelling the word red or the word blue that way the children will start to associate that letters spell words.

These pages can also be placed into a plastic sheet protector {Wal-Mart in the office section} or laminated} and the children can use them over and over again in your literacy area. Place the letter tiles into small containers and place with the letter tiles.

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Math Activity – Number 12

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Number Recognition Activity


During our beach week lesson plans the children will be working on learning the number 12. We begin September with the numbers 1, 2 and 3 and then each month after that we focus on one number, so for October the children will learn the number 4, November the number 5 and so on...

Print out the number 12 take home sheet above page onto copy paper, you will need one page per child.

Pass out the number 12 starfish paper to each child. Teacher will hold up the page and ask the children if they know what number is on the page. Have them look at their paper and see if they can locate the number and point to it. Have them say the number out loud and point to it again. Now, have the children count along with you as you count the starfish on the page.

Then, have the children color the number 12 and the starfish.

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Math Activity – Counting To 12

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Number Recognition Activity


During our beach week lesson plans the children will be working on learning the number 12. We begin September with the numbers 1, 2 and 3 and then each month after that we focus on one number, so for October the children will learn the number 4, November the number 5 and so on...

Print out the number 12 take home sheet above page onto copy paper, you will need one page per child.

Pass out the number 12 starfish paper to each child. Teacher will hold up the page and ask the children if they know what number is on the page. Have them look at their paper and see if they can locate the number and point to it. Have them say the number out loud and point to it again. Now, have the children count along with you as you count the starfish on the page.

Then, have the children color the number 12 and the starfish.

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Science & Discovery

Sink Or Float

You will need a dishpan or small tub of water and some items that float and some that don't float.

Try to do a few items that you may find on the beach too, such as a stick (drift wood), a pebble, a shell, a feather and then look around for other items you can use such as small toys or fruit such as grapes, an apple, etc.

Set up two trays one that says float and one that says doesnt float.

Hold up the first item and have the children guess if it will float or sink.

Have the children take turns putting the item into the water to see if it floats or sinks, then have the children remove the item and place it onto the correct tray, the one either labled floats or the one labled doesnt float.

Make sure you have enough items that either float or sink so that each child gets a turn of putting and item into the water.

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Building Sand Castles!

you will need toy sand buckets and shovels for the children, bring out a large tub of water and have the children use plastic cups to come and get the water and take it back to their sand area and have them dump the water onto their sand so they can make a sand castle.

show the children how to put the sand into small sturdy plastic cups and then how to turn them upside to make a sand castle!

Raking The Sand!

You will need some toy rakes, like the ones you would use in the fall to rake the leaves and have the children rake the sand with a toy rake, what fun!

if you dont have a large sand area provide the children with small toy rakes to sit in the sand and rake the sand with a small sand beach rake.

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Fish, Fish, Swim - Outside Game
Adapted From Duck, Duck, Goose

Have all the children sit in a circle, this activity works best outside.

Teacher will begin the game and she will be "it" and she will walk around the circle and she walks around the circle she will lightly tape each childs head or shoulder.

She will say the word fish as she taps childs head, repeat with each child, until she eventually chooses one of the children to swim after her and teacher will say "swim".

This child will jump up and swim after the teacher and teacher will swim around the circle to that child’s spot and quickly sit down.

Now this person will begin by saying "fish" and lightly tapping each childs head or shoulder as he/she walks around the circle.

The object of the game is to lightly tap each person as the child walks around the circle and then eventually say "swim" and they will try to get back to that child’s spot and sit down in the "swimmers" spot.

Now the child that was swimming after the teacher, they will start over by saying, fish, fish, fish...swim

Try to encourge the child to pick someone that hasnt had a turn yet.

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Beach Party Book by Harriet Ziefert
Beach Party Book
by Harriet Ziefert

This cute rhyming book describes how 11 sea animals move across the beach.

The book encourages movement along with the 11 sea animals that have different movements such as a lobster dancing, a penguin flapping, and an octopus twisting.

This book would be great for gross motor movement and have the kids mimic the animals in the book such as Jumping like a porpoise and slithering like an eel. Kids will have a great time mimicking their sea animal friends that are on the beach.

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell
Lucille Colandro

This story is based off the there was an old lady who swallowed a fly, she has a whole series of these books.

This story is set into motion in a rhyming pattern which is absolutely fun to read and best of all the kids love it. The pictures in the book are very entertaining. The old lady in this book starts off by swallowing a shell. She will also swallow a crab, a fish and a sea gull, etc.

This is a great book to read during your beach theme week. After you can have pictures of all the items she swallowed and have the kids help you sequence the objects.

You may get a few yuks when she swallows the sand, but this is also a good time to teach them that sand eating is not allowed, most children realize this but since she is swallowing the sand in the book, it’s a good time after the story to point out this is not real it’s just a funny story.

Above all the kids love the story and learn about beach items in a fun way!

Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach (My First I Can Read)
Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach (My First I Can Read)
by James Dean

Pete the cat and his mom and brother Bob go to the beach!

Pete tries to have fun building sand castles and searching for shells, but he gets very hot and he’s not sure if he wants to go in to the water or not. He thinks the water looks scary.

His brother is surfing and offers to teach Pete how to surf. Will he go into the water? What about those big waves? Let’s find out what Pete the cat does.

Otto Goes To The Beach
Otto Goes To The Beach
by Lucille Colandro

Otto goes to the beach and can't seem to find a friend. But eventually finds a friend who loves the same things that he does.

Poor Otto’s shorts fall off while surfing and a cat laughs at him (this is a good time to talk to children about how that can hurt someone’s feelings and we don’t laugh at someone we try to help that person if possible or find an adult to help). I think this little piece could have been left out of the book, but I do like the book and the kids love hearing the book

The pictures in the book are very simple and done with very simple colors.

But beware, if you do purchase this book most kids in our daycare love these books and like them read over and over, so be ready to do a lot of reading!

Biscuits First Beach Day
Biscuit’s First Beach Day
by Lucille Colandro

Biscuit is going on his first trip to the beach!

Biscuit is excited about digging in the sand, finding a starfish, jumping the waves in the ocean, having a picnic and a little nap too are some of the fun things you will read about in this book.

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Setting Up Your Class Room


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Setting Up Your Classroom

You may want to make your classroom feel more like your at the beach during your preschool or pre-k beach theme. A fun idea to decorate your classroom would be to bring inside into your classroom a wading pool {with no water} and set it up with some soft pillows and put it next to your book area and let the kids read in the wading pool for the week.

You may want to print out some beach animals such as crabs, clams, and starfish and have the children color or decorate them and put these onto your wall to feel like your at the beach.

Have the children sit on beach towels this week during circle time or group time or have lunch outside this week and have the children sit on their beach towels and have a picnic outside.

Place some toy beach animals into your indoor sand table.

Set out beach puzzles for the children to be able to put these together at free play.

Set out some beach coloring pages for the children to be able to color during free play.

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Dramatic Play Area

Setting Up Your Dramatic Play Area

Place some towels in your play area for the children to use as pretend beach towels.

Place some toy beach animals, toy beach pails & shovels, toy rakes into your dramatic play area.

You may also want to give the children some small empty water bottles with the covers hot glued on for pretend water at the beach, empty bottles of sunscreen that have been cleaned and then hot glue on the covers, toy picnic baskets, small cloth bags with handles to use as beach bags.

Setting Up Your Outside Play Area

Place some beach balls into your outside play area.

Set up a couple boxes for pretend boats and place some toy fish and toy fishing poles next to the boxes or if you have large toy boats that the children can sit inside place the toy fish and fishing poles beside the large toy boats.

Or you can set up wading pools with no water and place the toy fish and fishing poles beside the wading pool so the children can sit inside the wading pool and pretend their in a boat and then set the toy fish outside the boat on blue towels for blankets {for pretend water} and have the children pretend to go fishing in the pretend boat {wading pool}

Place some toy beach animals, beach pails, plastic shovels and beach rakes into your sand area outside.

If it’s warm enough for the wading pool, under adult supervision, set up the wading pool with an inch or two of water and place some toy boats, toy fish and toy fishing reels next to the wading pool for the children to use.

Have a pile of towels that the children can use for pretend beach towels.

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Field Trip To The Beach!

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Let’s Go To The Beach!

If you live near the beach this would be a great time to do a field trip to the beach, make sure you have extra help or see if some of the parents can volunteer to help you while your at the beach.

When you take the children out to the beach for a fun field trip you may want to invest in some t–shirts that are all the same color, such as a bright orange, so you can find see all the children at a quick glance.

Write the name of your daycare in big block letters on each shirt, great way to advertise while your out and about plus you can see all the children in one quick glance.

Never assume all the kids are there, always count heads, and make sure you count heads often, it only takes one second for one child to slip away, be alert and have extra help when your at the beach.

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Singing ring a rosy
Five Little Starfish
Adapted from Five Little Monkeys

Five little starfish floating in the sea, laughing and playing and teasing Mr. Turtle {hold up five fingers}

When one of them yelled {hold up one finger}

Mr. Turtle, Mr. Turtle you can’t find me! {point at pretend turtle and then at self}

Ut-oh he comes Mr. Turtle as quiet as can be {swim hand towards pointer finger on the other hand}

And he snapped that starfish right out of the sea. {grab pointer finger the pretend starfish, with your other hand the pretend turtle}

Four little starfish swimming in the sea, laughing and playing and teasing Mr. Turtle {hold up four fingers}

When one of them yelled {hold up one finger}

Mr. Turtle, Mr. Turtle you can’t catch me! {point at pretend turtle and then at self}

Ut-oh he comes Mr. Turtle as quick as can be {swim hand fast towards pointer finger on the other hand}

And he snapped that starfish right out of the sea. {grab pointer finger the pretend starfish, with your other hand the pretend turtle}

Three little starfish swimming in the sea, laughing and playing and teasing Mr. Turtle {hold up three fingers}

When one of them yelled {hold up one finger}

Mr. Turtle, Mr. Turtle you can’t catch me! {point at pretend turtle and then at self}

Ut-oh he comes Mr. Turtle as quick as can be {swim hand fast towards pointer finger on the other hand}

And he snapped that starfish right out of the sea. {grab pointer finger the pretend starfish, with your other hand the pretend turtle}

Two little starfish swimming in the sea, laughing and playing and teasing Mr. Turtle {hold up two fingers}

When one of them yelled {hold up one finger}

Mr. Turtle, Mr. Turtle you can’t catch me! {point at pretend turtle and then at self}

Ut-oh he comes Mr. Turtle as quick as can be {swim hand fast towards pointer finger on the other hand}

And he snapped that starfish right out of the sea. {grab pointer finger the pretend starfish, with your other hand the pretend turtle}

One little starfish swimming in the sea, laughing and playing and teasing Mr. Turtle {hold up one finger}

When one of them yelled {hold up one finger}

Mr. Turtle, Mr. Turtle you can’t catch me! {point at pretend turtle and then at self}

Ut-oh he comes Mr. Turtle as quick as can be {swim hand fast towards pointer finger on the other hand}

And he snapped that starfish right out of the sea. {grab pointer finger the pretend starfish, with your other hand the pretend turtle}

Now there are more starfish teasing Mr. Turtle!

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