A Trip To The Beach Learning Time

Resource type: 
Learning Time


A Trip to the Beach By Gwyn Perkins 

A beach adventure that involves a super sandcastle, fish and chips, lots of boats and some perfect waves. A story with gently humour about finding your way and the universal magic of the ocean. 

Key Message for Parents | The brain develops through use 

During your session it’s a great idea to share some key messages with parents/carers to inform and encourage them. Messages could include: 
  • Engagement with age appropriate stories stimulates brain development and helps build language and literacy skills 
  • Children explore their world by using their bodies and all their senses 
  • Participating in developmentally appropriate experiences support positive brain development. 

Australian Early Years Learning Framework | Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world 

We can help children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment by: 
  • Exploring sharing stories about the natural environment 
  • Demonstrating an appreciation for the natural environment and showing gratitude 
  • Contributing to increasing their knowledge of the natural environments 

Before Reading 

This book is called ‘A Trip to the Beach’. Read the title of the book and ask the children, Who has been to the beach before? Ask the children what things they saw at the beach and what things they did there. 
Direct the children’s attention to the cover and discuss the beach things on the cover (seagulls, boogie board, bucket and spade.) Ask the children to flap their arms like a seagull. Read the title again and begin. 

During Reading 

One the first page the characters are packing to go to the beach. Engage the children in the story by talking about the things they’re packing for the outing and how they might use them. 
The book is written in a way that invites readers to join in. The second spread uses the words ‘spy’ to name things in the illustrations. Encourage the children to seek and find the objects in the pictures. 
When Iggy runs towards the surf encourage the children to make predictions before you turn the page. What do you think is going to happen? The boat page asks, “Can you guess what kind?” Offer time for the children to guess what sort of boat the characters will choose. 
When the characters put on their life jackets ask adults and children to pretend to put on their own life jackets and then pretend to row with their arms as the character explore the mangroves. On the next page, ask the children what they can see in the rock pool. You might be able to find some of the same creatures when Iggy goes snorkeling over the page.

After Reading 

Song –Row Row Row Your Boat 
Children can sit facing a carer and hold hands with their partner to sing while they rock together. 
Row, row, row your boat Gently down the stream Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily Life is but a dream! 
Beach play: Make sandcastles in the sandpit with buckets and spades. Experiment with wet sand and dry sand in trays or buckets. 
Paper Plate Beach Craft: Using a paper plate, paint the one half blue (water) and the other half yellow (sand). Provide children with beach themed stickers to stick onto their beach scene. 
Sensory play: Half fill a tray or tub with water and add boats and sea creature figurines for children to explore. Remind parents/carers that this could also be done in the bath, or at the kitchen sink. Draw children’s attention to things that float and sink. Include a small net for scooping things out. This is a great STEM activity to talk about and explore buoyancy and sinking.

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