There is nothing quite like spending time at the beach. Wind in your hair, sand between your toes, and the sound of the surf. Kids adore spending time talking about and exploring the beach during sessions. Bring the theme to the kids and watch them enjoy the time, learn new things, and practice skills.
For the Love of Beach Books
Pull out some beach blankets and sit the kids down to read books about beaches in the summer. There are summer books on a wide variety of topics and the beach, surf, and sun are popular ones. Titles which may be perfect to get from a library or to build your own include the following.
- Let It Shine by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
- Curious George Goes to the Beach by H.A. Rey
- Beach Feet by Kiyomi Konagava
- Good Night Beach by Adam Gamble
- Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash by Candace Fleming
- Beach Day by Patricia Lakin
- Duck & Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills
- A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams
- Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Melanie Watt
- Hands & Hearts by Donna Jo Napoli
- Chu’s Day at the Beach by Neil Gaiman
Another great story for children of all ages is There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell by Lucille Colandro. This tale brings the familiar old lady to the beach. Lots of fun beach vocabulary is mentioned in the story and props will add a fun twist. Read or sing the story over again and allow kids to act out the parts with the props. Lots of cooperative learning, speech, and even gross motor activity possibilities. For a fine motor twist, make paper bag puppets together to use while acting out the book.
Surfing for Activities
It’s time to catch a wave and get kids moving and participating in activities. Make a pail of mini surfboards filled with different things for students to do. Tongue depressors are perfect to use and color for mini surfboards. Write something on each one to do or have a number. With numbers, you can have an index card or sheet with what the number tells you to do. This means that it could be hopping five times on your left foot, using rhyming words in a silly sentence, acting out a social scene, or whatever you are working on with kids.
Think of ways which this activity could be sent home for additional summer practice. Therapists could make a small set of mini surfboards with prompts for kids to do with their families. Be sure to include a detailed explanation of what you would like everyone to do together. Make sure there are translations for those who live in a multilingual household.