With school around the corner, you might be running around to shop for classroom supplies and looking for ways to tutor your kids to make up for the dreaded summer slide. But why not make the last few days of summer fun and educational with a family trip to the beach?
Here are 5 ways your next beach excursion can prepare your toddler for preschool.
1. Whet their curiosity
Get your kids excited about the trip by talking about all the things they can explore and do at the beach before you make the trek. You can take them to the local library (one of my favorite FREE places to take my toddler during the summer) and check out books about sea life, birds, or the ocean. My kid loves books about vehicles, so reading about boats with him in the library makes it that much cooler when he sees a real life sailboat on the water.
2. Hunt for treasure
Now that your kid knows how to identify a seashell and star fish, get your beach pail and start collecting with them. Looking for rocks and shells can fill up the whole afternoon. So put on their hat and let them enjoy scooping up fistfuls of sand. Point out all the different shapes and colors they know and take home the treasure they find so they can remember all the fun they had.
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3. Water play
We all know kids love the ocean as well as scooping up buckets of water. But this type of water play also helps your kid learn basic scientific properties. They will experiment with how water can be contained into the shape of their pail and poured and mixed into sand.
4. Make a sand castle
Playing in the sand is great way to show your kid what is "full" and "empty." Ask your kid, "What happens when you add sand to the bucket?" Let them experiment how water changes the sand to stick together. Try adding rock to the pail and ask them, "Does it fit?"
5. Ice Experiments
Show your kids how water changes states from solid to liquid by giving them ice from your cooler. Have your child place cubes under the shade and cubes in the sun, and ask them to guess which will melt faster.
Before you're kid is cooped up in the classroom during the fall, take them to the beach to let their learning begin outdoors.
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