If you’re spending your days with little ones ages 2-5, these beach Math and Literacy centers are a perfect way to keep their little hands and brains engaged! Below you’ll find tons of activities that combine fine motor skills practice with tons of common early Preschool Math and Literacy skills!
Ice Cube Counting Cards
Grab your favorite manipulatives and practice counting with these ice cube counting cards! Kiddos practice one-to-one correspondence by counting and covering each ice cube. If your little ones are ready, follow the arrows on the numbers to practice writing them. If not, use your manipulatives to build the numbers instead!
Surfboard 10 Frame
10 Frame activities are such a fun addition to our sensory bins! Simply toss the number cards into your sensory bin and use the “water” manipulatives to build the amounts on the 10 Frame!
Beach Shape Matching
Match the waves and surfboards with the same shapes!
These surfboard shape cards are a great way to differentiate for multiple skill levels! Your littlest learners will love tracing the shapes using manipulatives, play dough or dry erase markers. And your older students (or older siblings) can practice their handwriting and spelling by tracing the shape names!
Color Board Game
I love activities that feel like a game! In this activity, kiddos take turns rolling the color dice and moving to the correct color on the board!
Shark Color Sort
These colorful shark cards are a perfect addition to your sensory bins! I didn’t change a thing about our beach-themed bin – I simply helped LG find and sort the colored objects that she dug out!
Beach Alphabet Cards
This activity is perfect for littles who are getting started with their alphabet! While your kiddos use the manipulatives to build the letters, talk about the letter names, upper and lowercase versions, and sounds! And if they’re ready, try using a dry erase marker to practice tracing the letters!
Alphabet Find and Cover
Students choose alphabet “shovel” cards, then find and cover the matching letters on the sandcastle mat!
Beach Play Dough Cards
Fine motor skills are so important to practice with our little ones! They don’t naturally have the same finger strength and coordination that we have as adults. So using materials like PlayDoh is a great way to strengthen their little muscles! These beach-themed cards are such a fun activity!
Beach Pre-Writing Strips
These pre-writing strips are SO stinking handy. Fill them with little manipulatives like mini erasers, mold play dough to fit, or use a dry erase marker to trace! *I’ve found that LG is most successful during her tracing practice when she uses “bubble” lines like these instead of just tracing “dashes”!
I hope you guys have so much fun with these beach Math and Literacy centers! To grab this set in it’s HUGE bundle with tons of other fun themes, click the button below!
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