The beach is a natural magnet for people of all ages, from preschool to the elderly. Children, especially younger children, can experience many hands on lessons about science, nature and biology during a trip to the beach. With a few structured activities that are simple to implement, a day at the beach can become both a fun field trip and a learning experience.
Young students can actively engage with their surroundings by learning how to incorporate natural elements into art. The beach provides ample opportunities for students to gather materials such as grass, sea shells and pebbles to create art in the sand. Teachers can help students as they utilise the materials they find to create pictures in the sand.
Build a River
The beach is the ideal setting to teach students about how water flows naturally to the sea. Allow students to build mountains in the sand, and then create gulleys that lead to the water. Use a bucket filled with seawater to pour water gently over the sand mountain, and let the students watch the water stream down the gulleys to the sea in the same manner that water flows in streams and rivers to the sea after rain.
Beach Scavenger Hunt
Before taking students to the beach, teach them about all of the elements of nature they will find at the shore. This can include sea shells, sea weed, dry grass, stones and more. Let the students go on a scavenger hunt to find items on a list of things commonly found at the beach, and then bring them back into a group to discuss and observe their findings.
Provide students with binoculars and a checklist of types of birds at the beach, as well as writing space to describe characteristics and features of different birds. Take the students bird watching and then let them share their findings about the birds they saw and the behaviour the birds' displayed.