Beach Books and Activities for Little Learners

Are y’all ready for some beach themed fun?! I know we are! As much as we’d like to be ON the beach right now, we’re going to make the most of our Summer themes – starting with BEACH! I can’t wait to get started with these beach books and activities for little learners!

beach videos
Beach Videos

One of my favorite ways to get started with a new theme is by picking a few videos on YouTube to help introduce the unit. This is so helpful if you’re studying something you don’t have nearby because it gives your little ones a virtual field trip!

CLICK HERE to grab these FREE QR Code beach video cards!

beach math and literacy centers
Beach Math and Literacy Centers for Toddlers and Preschoolers

We are loving our new Beach unit for toddlers and preschoolers! These units include 10+ hands-on, printable activities in color and black/white. Your little ones will love practicing common Preschool skills like counting, colors, shapes, and more! Each center in the unit can be adapted for little ones ages 2-4 and include tons of fine motor skills practice!

CLICK HERE to grab this beach unit!

beach sensory bin
Beach Sensory Bin

Of course we have to include a new sensory bin for the base of our unit! I LOVE putting our sensory bin fillers in a large container. This gives LG plenty of room to play without making much of a mess, but also gives me a place to store all of our beach themed activities! Having all of our activities in one container makes school time so much easier!

To put together this sensory bin, I started with a base of brown kinetic sand. This filler is PERFECT for a beach theme because it feels just like wet sand! To add even more beach fun, I included some sea shells and beach themed PlayDoh stamps! This bin keeps LG entertained for EVER!

beach book recomnedations
Beach Book Recommendations

Before your order or purchase any new books for this unit, take a quick look through the books you already own and I bet you’ll find lots of good ones! I pulled anything that included the beach, swimming and ocean animals! But if you’re looking for some new ones, you can find some of our favorites below! *These links are Amazon affiliate resources. I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you if you choose to purchase using my links!*

Ocean Animals Collection – Laura Marsh

Sea Turtles – Gail Gibbons

Sea Turtles – Laura Marsh

Marine Habitats: Life in Saltwater – Salvatore Tocci

Sea Otters – Laura Marsh

Giants of the Sea – Ken Martin

Curious George: Curious About Summer – Cynthia Platt

At the Beach – Shira Evans

Biscuit’s First Beach Day – Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Commotion in the Ocean – Giles Andreae

sea turtle life cycle
Sea Turtle Life Cycle Study

The sea turtle life cycle is a great Science addition to your pond theme! It’s also a great way to modify the beach plans for your older kiddos. LG loves learning about different life cycles with these studies!

The sea turtle life cycle includes tons of hands-on activities like sensory bins, STEM activities, sequencing cards and more! It also includes book recommendations, videos, real-life photos and practice pages!

CLICK HERE to grab your sea turtle life cycle study!

free beach printables
FREE Beach Preschool Printables

One of my favorite things to do each month is share new, FREE resources with my pals in my e-mail community! In our June PreK centers freebie, you’ll find this fun counting activity that will be perfect added to your beach themed sensory bin! You can grab this freebie and TONS of other PreK/Kinder freebies in my Free Resource Library!

CLICK HERE to sign up for our e-mail community and receive your password.

CLICK HERE to visit our Free Resource Library if you already have the password.

summer math and literacy sensory bins
Summer Math and Literacy Sensory Bins

These sensory companions give your preschool kiddos tons of opportunities to practice academic skills in a fun, hands-on way! Little ones will practice building numbers and letters, number and alphabetical order, CVC words, rhyming, and more!

CLICK HERE to grab your Summer Preschool Sensory Bins!

beach sensory bin puzzles
Beach Themed Sensory Bin Puzzles

If you want to introduce sensory activities to your little bitties, this set is perfect! This beach themed set includes 3 matching mats and 3 puzzles, making it a simple introduction to academic sensory bins. Your littles will love practicing their fine motor skills, problem solving, and visual discrimination using this set!

CLICK HERE to grab your beach sensory bin puzzles!

beach matching mats
Beach Themed Preschool Skills Matching Mats

Can you tell we love sensory bins around here?! I just can’t ever pass up a great opportunity to put together some fun sensory bin activities to match our different themes! And as LG gets older, our collection of academic sensory bins grows!

These sensory bin matching mats are a fun addition to your beach theme whether you choose to use a sensory bin or NOT. Simply provide your kiddos with the cut out pieces and help them make their matches on the matching mats! This beach themed set practices shapes, colors, counting, beginning sounds, and letter identification!

CLICK HERE to grab your beach matching mats!

beach word puzzles
Beach Themed Word Puzzles

Our seasonal word puzzles are something we’ve recently introduced into our school time. While originally designed for Kinder/1st grade students, we love using a simplified version of this activity.

When working with my 4.5 year old, we focus mostly on putting together the puzzles. Then we discuss the pictures/words and where you might see them. This has been a great way for us to begin studying seasonal or thematic vocabulary! And as LG grows, the set will grow with her! When she is ready, we’ll practice reading the words and tracing them on the recording sheets.

CLICK HERE to grab your beach word puzzles!

beach themed handwriting cards
Beach Themed Handwriting Cards

If you’re practicing handwriting with your kiddos, don’t forget to grab these beach themed tracing cards! These give us another chance to discuss seasonal vocabulary, and LG loves the colorful pictures!

CLICK HERE to grab your beach themed tracing cards!

beach preschool clip cards
Beach Themed Preschool Skills Clip Cards

Practicing fine motor skills with our little learners is SO important, and clip cards are a great way to do that! LG loves using her PreK clip cards and often flies through them as a fun independent activity! These cards include counting, colors, shapes, numbers, letters, beginning sounds, and upper/lowercase!

CLICK HERE to grab your beach clip cards!

beach preschool worksheets
Beach Themed Preschool Worksheets

Finally, one of our favorite activities each month are our themed worksheets. Using worksheets with preschoolers may sound a little odd, but LG LOVES these practice pages! All of the pages include coloring, cutting, gluing, tracing, and more! That way your kiddos are combining fine motor skills practice with academic skills! With 40+ practice pages, this NO PREP set is a lifesaver!

CLICK HERE to grab these beach worksheets!

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FREE Beach Activity Plans

Are you ready to get busy with this theme? Don’t forget to grab your FREE beach themed plans! These plans include Sensory, Math, Literacy, and Fine Motor activities for 12 days. You can spread them out across a whole month or use them as a mini-unit for 2 M-F weeks!

CLICK HERE to grab your free beach plans!


Would you like to have a FULL YEAR of basics covered for your Homeschool Preschool plans? Be sure to grab our Preschool Math & Literacy MEGA BUNDLE and save over $85! This bundle covers TONS of common Preschool skills and can follow your little ones from ages 2yo-5yo and beyond!

CLICK HERE to check out our Preschool MEGA BUNDLE!

I hope you guys have lots of fun with these beach books and activities for little learners! For more Summer fun, be sure to connect with us below!

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