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BEACH-THEME books and activities

Whether you live near the ocean or not, you can enjoy beach-theme books and activities with your little one at home. Check your library for beach-theme books!

Beach-theme books and activities for preschool and kindergarten
Beach-theme books and activities

We made it to the beach! And of course, we had to bring some of our favorite beach-themed books with us πŸ™‚ Books, waves, sandcastles, and lots of splashing made for a great time!

Enjoy some of our favorite beach-theme books and activities with us!

Beach-Theme Books

Duck and Goose Go to the Beach

Duck and Goose are some of our favorite picture book characters! My son has loved them for years (and I’ve loved them even longer!). We’ve been reading Duck and Goose stories since he was a baby. Their books come in a board book format that was perfect for when my kiddo was in the grabby stage, and now that he’s older, we read the picture books. We have actually brought Duck and Goose go the Beach and the stuffed animals to the beach with us a few times now πŸ™‚ In this book, the two friends set off on an adventure and find themselves at the beach! But do they actually the sand, sun, and waves? Read it and find out πŸ™‚

How to Catch a Mermaid

My son LOVES Adam Wallace’s How to Catch a Mermaid! It’s a fun book about 2 kids and dog who hatch all sorts of plans to catch a mermaid because who wouldn’t want to have a mermaid friend, right!?! Spoiler, the kids get themselves trapped instead and the mermaid saves the day! This book has rhyming text and bold, bright pictures that compliment the fun story. This has been one of my son’s favorites for a over a year now and we hope you like it as much as we do!

The Sandcastle that Lola Built

The Sandcastle that Lola Built by Megan Maynor– based on the “House that Jack Built” story, this is a cute book about a little girl’s beach day. In this great example of teamwork, Lola and her new friends work together to make a sandcastle for mermaids. Fantastic pictures and rhyming text make this book a winner!

After reading this, we had to make our own sandcastle πŸ™‚ And just like in the book, the tide washed away our castle too!

Inky's Amazing Escape: How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home
Inky’s Amazing Escape

Inky’s Amazing Escape by Sy Montgomery — my kiddo loves this book! It is a true story about an octopus named Inky, who escapes from an aquarium in Australia and makes its way back to the ocean. We learned a lot about octopuses from this non-fiction picture book, and we were fascinated by Inky’s journey. My son was so excited when he learned that Inky liked playing Legos just like he does! Out of all of the books written about Inky, this one is our favorite. Sy Montgomery is a gifted storyteller and we were absolutely fascinated by this amazing octopus. I check out lots of library books for my son and I to read together, but this is one book that we felt that we needed to own. We truly love this story and read it over-and-over again.

Over in the Ocean

My son got Over in the Ocean: in a Coral Reef for his birthday recently and it is AWESOME! It has fantastic pictures that were formed from clay by artist Jeanette Canyon that perfectly compliment Marianne Berkes’ sing-songy text. You and your little one will want to study these pictures over-and-over again to get all of the details incorporated onto each page. This book introduces a variety of cool sea creatures. It also lends itself well to movement activities that preschoolers will love to do. At the end, there is a seek-and-find activity to search for all of the sea creatures from the book, as well as a sneak-peek into the clay creations. We had so much fun reading this at the beach!

 "Beach Day" by Candace Ransom. This is great for preschool and kindergarten beach-theme books and activities.
Beach Day!

Candace Ransom writes great beginning-reader books. The text is simple, but not boring and the pictures capture the joy of the kids’ adventures. In Beach Day! the family heads out to enjoy the beach together. The book captures the fun, excitement, and joy of family outing at the seashore. The kids gather seashells, build a sand castle, and see some neat sea creatures. As you read this one with your little one, you just can’t help but get caught up in the fun! Be prepared to read this multiple times πŸ™‚

The Snail and the Whale

Another one of our favorite authors is Julia Donaldson; her books are perfect for preschoolers and kindergartners! For our beach-theme stories, my son and I read A Snail and a Whale. A snail yearns to explore in this rhyming book. However, snail finds that its explorations are hindered by its size. When whale offers to help snail take a journey, it is a dream come true. Snail enjoys adventuring with the large whale. Uh-oh, whale gets stuck and it is up to the small snail to help its new friend. This story goes to show that no matter how small you are, you can still help others.

Beach-Theme Activities —

To go along with our beach stories, my son had fun doing a beach and an ocean-themed I Spy challenges and an ocean-themed Find The Differences worksheet.

Beach I Spy

Download them for your kiddo to enjoy too:

Beach-Themed I Spy— count how many of each beach item you can find!

Ocean-Themed I Spy — count how many of each ocean creature you can find!

Ocean-Themed FIND THE DIFFERENCES: can you spot 5 differences between the 2 scenes?

BEACH alphabet letter tracing worksheet: practice tracing the letters and then color the picture!

Beach alphabet letter tracing

CRAFTS —

SPOUTING WHALE: this turned out super cute and my kiddo really enjoyed making this.

Spouting whale construction paper and tissue paper craft for preschool and kindergarten beach-theme books and activities.
Spouting Whale

Supplies needed are white and blue construction paper, pencil, scissors, blue tissue paper ( 1″ x 1″ squares), glue stick, white school glue, and googly eyes.

1. I drew a whale shape on the blue paper and cut it out.

2. My son used a glue stick to glue the whale onto the white paper. Next he rubbed the glue stick all over the bottom of the paper and glued on the blue tissue paper squares to make the ocean water.

3. Together, we wadded up the blue tissue paper squares to make the water spout.

4. Using the white school glue, I added glue dots in the pattern of the whale’s water spout and then my son added the wadded the tissue.

5. To complete his craft he added the googly eyes.

TOILET PAPER ROLL OCTOPUS:

My son loves Inky’s story so much that we decided to make an octopus craft.

Inky the Octopus toilet paper roll craft for beach-theme books and activities
Inky the Octopus

Supplies needed are an empty toilet paper roll, washable paint, paintbrush, kid safety scissors, googly eyes, and a marker.

-First we painted the toilet paper roll red. (use whatever color you want). Then we let it dry.

-After it dried, my son made cuts in the bottom of the toilet paper roll to make 8 legs. He gently pulled each leg up so that they legs splayed out and his octopus could stand.

-Then he attached the googly eyes and drew a mouth, and our cute little octopus was ready to explore our house!

Hope you enjoyed our beach-theme books and activities!

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Aesop’s Fables πŸ‡πŸ’

Aesop’s Fables — Hare and Tortoise Stick Puppets

Read The Hare and the Tortoise with your little one and then extend the fun by acting out the story with stick puppets!

The Hare & the Tortoise

A Hare was making fun of the Tortoise one day for being so slow.

“Do you ever get anywhere?” he asked with a mocking laugh.

“Yes,” replied the Tortoise, “and I get there sooner than you think. I’ll run you a race and prove it.”

The Hare was much amused at the idea of running a race with the Tortoise, but for the fun of the thing he agreed. So the Fox, who had consented to act as judge, marked the distance and started the runners off.

The Hare was soon far out of sight, and to make the Tortoise feel very deeply how ridiculous it was for him to try a race with a Hare, he lay down beside the course to take a nap until the Tortoise should catch up.

The Tortoise meanwhile kept going slowly but steadily, and, after a time, passed the place where the Hare was sleeping. But the Hare slept on very peacefully; and when at last he did wake up, the Tortoise was near the goal. The Hare now ran his swiftest, but he could not overtake the Tortoise in time.

The race is not always to the swift.

After reading the fable together, we made stick puppets. My son colored them and then I cut them out. He attached them to craft sticks with glue dots. Then we raced!

check out our stick puppet race: https://youtu.be/t9NC7pvEQu0

Print off a copy of the pictures we used and make your own:

Check out more Aesop’s Fables online. They are available for free by the Library of Congress: http://read.gov/aesop/index.html.

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Back-To-School Books

Back to School Books

Whether your child is doing preschool (or kindergarten) at home or at a school, or just getting into the back-to-school excitement with an older sibling, here is a list of 14 fun, school-themed books to enjoy together. I’m also including a cute school-themed I Spy game that makes counting lots of fun!

School Stories:

The Night Before Preschool

1. The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing — written in a rhyming style similar to Clement Moore’s The Night Before Christmas, this is a cute read for those who want to know what to expect at preschool. The little boy in the story is too nervous to sleep, but he learns that preschool is tons of fun and he can’t wait to go back the next day πŸ™‚

Click, Clack, Quack to School

2. Click, Clack, Quack to School by Doreen Cronin — for those who are nervous that school isn’t going to be much fun, the farm animals show that school is lots of fun and everyone has great time. The animals’ antics as they prepare to visit the school will have your child giggling.

The Pigeon Has to Go to School

3. The Pigeon Has to Go School by Mo Willems — Even pigeons get worried about starting school (who knew?). The pigeon worries about everything, including worrying about learning too much! Kids will find themselves laughing at the pigeon’s over-the-top reactions and will subtly find that, just like the pigeon, they might not need to worry so much themselves. All around great read, even for those who aren’t worried about school.

The King of Kindergarten

4. King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes — This story is a great confidence booster. No need to worry about the first day of school; you got this, because you are the king of kindergarten! In this book, the parents help build up their child’s self-confidence and ease school worries away.

Time for School Little Blue Truck

5. Time for School, Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle — this is a new book in the Little Blue Truck series and this time, Little Blue gets to help a young piggy who missed the bus. Preschoolers will love Little Blue’s kindness in this beautifully illustrated, rhyming book.

Froggy Goes to School

6. Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London — Froggy is adorable. These books are always a fun read, with vibrant pictures, a lot of fun sounds to make, and an enthusiastic story. I have always enjoyed reading Froggy to my preschool storytime group at the library and to my own son because the stories lend themselves so well to movement activities.

Lola Goes to School

7. Lola Goes to School by Anna McQuinn — I LOVE the Lola books! They are super cute, show such positive family relationships, have great pictures, and are relatively short stories. Lola shows how much school can be in this story. She gets her own cubby to store her things, gets to choose fun activities, plays with new friends, and gets a yummy snack. Soon it’s time to go home!

The Kissing Hand

8. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn — In this sweet story, a little raccoon is scared to start school. Little ones can relate to the racoon’s fears of being away from home. Mama racoon has a great solution; she kisses his hand so that he can bring her love with him. This story is just so touching — be prepared to get teary-eyed as you read it! It’s a reassuring story both kids and parents.

Llama Llama Misses Mama

9. Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney — this book really tugged at my emotions. It’s also hard for us parents to be separated from our kids when school starts! Told in rhyming text, this book explores the fears many kids face on the first day of school.

Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes

10. Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin — Pete the Cat is a preschool / kindergarten fan favorite! This is one of the first Pete the Cat books and it is a fun, sing-songy story with less words than the later stories. You will get caught up in Pete’s enthusiasm for school and find yourselves singing along.

I Got the School Spirit

11. I Got the School Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison — want to get pepped up and excited for school? well then this is the book for you! The vibrant pictures and the sensory sound words will capture preschoolers’ attentions. “She hears the school spirit in the bus driving up the street–VROOM, VROOM!–and in the bell sounding in the halls–RING-A-DING!” It’s a fun, sensory experience to get excited for the new school year.

We Don't Eat Our Classmates

12. We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins — Ryan T. Higgins is so talented as both an author and an illustrator. In this funny story, Penelope, a T. Rex, is nervous about her first day of school. Her nerves get the better of her during the day and she ends up eating a classmate — don’t worry, the student is fine! Penelope’s parents help ease her fears and she returns to school the next day, ready to try again!

If You Take a Mouse to School

13. If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff — this is a fun book that goes through the typical school supplies/things you’d see in a classroom. Like the other books in this, it’s a silly story that little ones will enjoy. Bonus, it is a great introduction to sequencing and kids won’t even realize that they’re learning as they are so engrossed in the story.

School's First Day of School

14. School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex — A brand new elementary school is anxiously awaiting the first day of school! What will the children be like? What will they be doing at school? Will they like school? The school was filled with questions. On the first day of school, the school couldn’t believe how many children there were! The school learned what the different rooms were for and listened in on some jokes at lunch and lessons in the classroom and ended up having a fantastic day! Now the school can’t wait for everyone to back again tomorrow for more fun!

Enjoy How to Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan: https://youtu.be/v2JC7vmypEI

Check you library for these school-themed books! You can also purchase them on Amazon through the links provided. If you happen to purchase a book through my links, I get a small percentage of the sale to help support this site.

Activity for The Kissing Hand

Make a hand and kiss out of Play-Doh to go along with the story!