This preschool activity is great for introducing an appreciation of natural materials to children. Children are encouraged to engage in discussion about sea life, their experiences with various types of shapes, colours and textures. The activity also supports creativity and sharing funds of knowledge.
There is so much to discover at the beach!
This activity is suitable for Toddlers (12 months to 3 years) and Young Children (2½ to 6 + years)!
Gather your ‘beach treasures.’ This can be turned into a trip to the beach with the children, the educator can gather the treasures or children can be encouraged to collect beach treasures with their parents and bring them to preschool on a certain day. Once the beach treasures have been gathered, move on to step 2…
Encourage children to feel, observe and discuss the different beach treasures. Do they see any interesting finds? What patterns, colours and textures do they see or feel?
Encourage children create any picture/scene with the beach treasures.
The art project can be put away and used again on a different day or children can glue the materials on the paper/fabric.
Children can tell a story about the picture they have created. The story can be written down next to their picture and displayed as part of an art show. Invite parents and the community to view children’s work.
- Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education (CECDE) (2006) Síolta: The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education. Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education.
- National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA, 2009) Aistear: The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework. Dublin: NCCA.
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