Summer is passing by too quickly, right? A lot of us are getting ready for the new school year, but it’s not too late to have a Beach Unit Study (if you haven’t already).
I grew up near the coast and I miss it terribly. I found a lake with a beach not too far from our house a couple of months back and I cannot tell you what the sight of warm sand did for my mood. 🙂
Learning about the beach is always fun for kids, so I wanted to put together a quick beach unit study that you can do during the summer or any part of the year!
At the Beach Unit Study
What is Sand?
To learn more about the composition of beach sand, watch this video and then have your kids answer the following questions:
1. What are the two elements from which sand is made? (Answer: Silicon and Oxygen)
2. Why is quartz so small? (Answer: It’s formed in the small air spaces left inside the magma of the Earth’s crust.)
3. How does quartz sand end up at the beach? (Answer: It travels through streams and rivers until it reaches the seashore.)
4. Name one other mineral that makes up sand on some beaches. (Answer: Calcium carbonate)
Beach Activities for Kids
Jump In! Beach Printable Pack – Royal Baloo: This beach-themed pack is designed to help preschoolers and kindergarteners practice sight words and phonics.
All About Beaches Printable Pack – Look! We’re Learning!: Geared toward kids who are in grades PK-4, All About Beaches includes math, writing, grammar, and science activities with a beach theme.
Beach Scavenger Hunt – The Preschool Toolbox: Hold a fun scavenger hunt and challenge your kids to find common beach items on your trip!
DIY Play Beach Sand – Look! We’re Learning!: If you can’t get to the beach this year, make your own beach sand with this simple sensory activity!
DIY Seashell Necklace – Kids Activities Blog: Keep some special souvenirs from your beach trip by making a fun seashell necklace with the kids!
Books about the Beach
For even more beach fun, try these adorable beach-themed children’s books!