Thursday, August 15, 2013

Learning Activities with Seashells

As part of our Beach/Ocean theme, we added some shells and sea glass to our Play Dough for some fun sensory play. The kids had a great time looking through the shells from their trip to the beach with Grandma.
I gave my 5-year-old a container of shells and sea glass and told him to sort them any way he wanted to.  He decided to sort them by shape.  He put all the squiggly (my technical term) ones together and all the scalloped ones together.  Then, he put all the sea glass together.  When I asked him to explain why he sorted them that way, he told me that they "looked the same because they had the same shape".  When I asked him if there were any other ways to sort them, he was hesitant, but said said they were already right.

I gave one of my 3-year-old's the sea glass and let her sort them by color.

Then, we rolled out Play-Doh snakes and turned them into the letter 'S'.  The kids practiced tracing the 'S' and making the 's' sound.  We used the sea shells to decorate our 'S's'.  I was very careful to point out that "seashell" starts with the 's' sound.  I use seashell instead of shell because it can be confusing to use a word that starts with -sh to teach the 's' sound.

We also made imprints with our shells in the Play-Doh and made puzzles for my 2-year-old to match the shell to the imprint.

During their free play with the shells and Play-Doh the kids made some fun designs and even made faces out of their shells in the dough.

In one morning of PLAY, we worked on letter recognition and phonemic awareness, practiced some math sorting skills, and built up our hand muscles playing with Play-Doh.

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  1. That looks like so much fun!! We will have to give it a try. Thank you for sharing on Sharing Saturday!!

  2. Love the letter recognition activity, I can't wait to try it out with our toddler! Have a great day, Damjana