Jumpstart Your Beach Unit with Free Lesson Plans

When Cassie and I first envisioned our summer program last November, we knew we wanted something well planned out.  We’re both very busy moms and we need “grab and go” type materials.  In my head I was picturing something like a homemade summer camp.  Activities, crafts, books, snacks, and fun!  We also wanted to make sure there was a learning aspect to it, so we decided to do a general review of the core subjects for each grade level.

On Thursday we put out the learning part – the review.
Kinder and First Grade
Tot and PreK


Today I’m going to include the activities, crafts, snacks, books, and more!  I’m going to link everything in this post as a visual and at the end you will find links to pdf lesson plans by age/grade level.  There are some crafts and activities I’ve linked to that were not included in the lesson plans (probably due to space) so make sure to check them out!  And if one of the links in the lesson plans isn’t for you, feel free to find a replacement!

crafts copy


1. B is for Beach
2. Seashell Ornaments
3. Sandcastle Craft
4. Handprint Ice Cream Craft
5. Sand Art
6. Starfish Craft
7. Make JB Snorkelson
8. Crayon Resist Beach Painting
9. Sand Art (with salt)
10. Seashell Craft


sensory copy

I strongly recommend choosing one sensory activity for the week and repeating it to get as much use as possible.  Sensory materials can get expensive.

1. Beach Sensory Box
2. Beach Sensory Sink
3. Oatmeal/Water Sensory Beach
4. Sand Play Dough
5. Beach Salt Tray
6. Beach Sensory Bag


activitires copy

1. Shell Sorting
2. Classify Shells
3. Roll and Splash
4. Freeze Toys and Excavate
5. Balloon Yo-yos
6. Beach in a Bottle
7. Water Balloon Sight Words
8. Ice Cream Topping Experiment



I truly believe that no lesson plan is complete with at least one snack suggestion.  I try to find healthy options, but we enjoy our sweets too!

1. Sunshine Cupcakes
2. Beach Themed Pudding Cups
3. Beach Ball Fruit Pizza
4. Sand Dollar Cookies



I’ve added the books in a widget simply to make it easier to get all the info you might need.  I encourage you to check out the books at the library before purchasing!

In case there is a problem with the amazon carousel, here is a list of the books:
Clam-I-Am!: All About the Beach (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)
The Berenstain Bears’ Seashore Treasure (I Can Read Book 1)
Henry and Mudge and the Forever Sea
What Lives in a Shell? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)
Curious George Goes to the Beach
Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach (My First I Can Read)
Harry by the Sea
Nate The Great And The Boring Beach Bag (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Nate the Great Detective Stories (Prebound))
Beach Day



If you’d like to do more Beach themed learning, check out these other printable packs
Beach Pack
Beach Printables
Beach Coloring Pages

To download the lesson plans for Kinder and First Go Here

To download the lesson plans for Tot and Preschool Go Here

3 thoughts on “Jumpstart Your Beach Unit with Free Lesson Plans”

  1. Pingback: Jump In To Summer Learning Week 3 Extras | 3 Dinosaurs

  2. ooooh I am so envious of you guys planning summer activities! The closest we'll get to the beach for a while is our little salt play tray! LOL Thanks for including us in this great curriculum!

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