We were able to spend some time at the beach last weekend, and it was so much fun to watch our boys play in the sand. They love building sandcastles. They also enjoyed trying to stop the water from getting to their creations. It was so much fun!
One of my favorite beach activities as a child was finding seashells. In honor of beach season being upon us, here is a fun chant called Five Little Seashells you can teach your children. Like so many folk songs and fingerplays, there are many different versions of this chant. Here is one set of lyrics, but you can easily find other versions online, as well.
Five Little Seashells
Five little seashells sleeping on the shore
(Hold up all five fingers)
Swish! went a big wave, and then there were four.
(Use your arms and hands to make wave motions)
Four little seashells quiet as can be
Swish! went a big wave, and then there were three.
Three little seashells pearly and new
Swish! went a big wave, and then there were two.
Two little seashells having great fun
Swish! went a big wave, and then there was one.
One little seashell lying in the sun
Swish! went a big wave, and then there were none.
Five little seashells gone out to sea,
Wait until morning and they’ll return to me.
(bring hands to self)
Materials you will need:
- You could use seashells, if you have any (optional)
- make pictures of seashells and glue them to popsicle sticks to make props (optional)
- you could do this as a simple fingerplay, which is a great way to practice counting skills!
- add a beach themed book to go along with Five Little Seashells, like Eric Carle’s A House For Hermit Crab or Karen Roosa’s Beach Day.
- print off beach coloring pages, like these from Raising our Kids
Hope this gives you some fun ideas for beach day!