Today, I’ve got a fun list of beach play ideas. These are beach activities for preschoolers…or any age! When you’re looking for a beach theme for therapy or home skill-building, these are the must-do beach ideas for kids! Let’s Imagine we are at the Beach and build skills!
beach activities for preschoolers
Mermaid & Sandcastle Activity– This free Google slide deck is a fun interactive activity where kiddos can move the mermaid’s accessories. Have them write the words, recall the items they added, all while working on sequencing, motor planning, fine motor work & more. Then, use the interactive sandcastle slides to decorate a sandcastle. There’s also a writing prompt slide to address more handwriting or typing skills.
Add to the beach theme:
- Narwhal craft– great for scissor skills!
- Beach crafts and activities– sensory & fine motor play ideas with a beach theme
- Sensory diet activities at the beach– a sensory lifestyle incorporates the environment into sensory needs. When vacations or travel take sensory families on the road, self-regulation can occur anywhere.
- Executive function at the beach– Use beach experiences to develop executive functioning skills in fun with the family.
- Beach ball seating idea– Need a sensory solution that doesn’t break the bank? Use a beach ball as an inexpensive sensory seat!
- Beach play dough– Create a sensory play experience with a beach theme and challenge fine motor skills.
If a beach theme in therapy or at home, then sand is a must! Use these sand activities to work on sensory experiences, fine motor play, and motor skill building.
- Make kinetic sand for sand sensory play! This easy 3 ingredient kinetic sand recipe inspires sensory play with a beach and sand theme. It’s a great fine motor workout too.
- Sandpaper writing– Stretch the sand theme to work with sandpaper and address handwriting skills.
- Make your own colored sand in a sensory and fine motor play activity. The, use the colored sand in sensory play or a sensory writing tray.
- This sand, stones, and sticks sensory bin was fun for fine motor skills, but with a few adaptations, it would be a great pretend beach activity, too!
Use these seashell activities to work on sensory experiences, fine motor work, motor planning, eye-hand coordination, and more.
- Seashell Sensory Bottle– If you have seashells from a beach trip (or the dollar store), then add them to a bottle to make a sensory discovery bottle. Sensory bottles are great tools for self-regulation and are calming heavy work to hold and look for all of the items. They are a fine motor challenge to make, too. Kids can then strengthen visual processing skills to track and work on visual attention and visual memory to find a specific number of shells too. Read more about making sensory bottles and all of the benefits of this sensory tool.
- Use seashells in a sensory bin for tactile experiences. This seashell and luau sensory water bin was fun for building fine motor skills, tactile sensory play, and fun one summer day!
These beach crafts are great for an ocean or beach theme therapy at home. Use these beach and ocean crafts for building skills like:
- Scissor skills
- Eye-hand coordination
- Oral motor skills
- Visual motor skills
- Fine motor strength
- Motor planning
- Creative expression
This Crab Craft from Preschool Powol Packets helps with scissor skills and cutting simple and complex shapes.
This Shark Craft from Inspired by Montessori uses a celery stalk to stamp fish scales. Work on eye-hand coordination, bilateral coordination, motor planning, fine motor precision, and more.
This Narwhal craft is great for scissor skills and challenges graded scissor skills in cutting simple and complex shapes.
Make this lighthouse craft as a simple cutting activity that builds fine motor skills like folding, manipulating textures, and cutting different thicknesses of paper.
Work on a variety of skills like coordination, hand strength, bilateral coordination, scissor skills, and more with these jellyfish crafts.
This Beach Mat by Crafty Moms Share is a sensory play mat that can be used for fine motor work and tactile sensory play.
This Beach Sensory Play and Small World Play by Fantastic Fun and Learning is a great use of those seashells you collect at the beach!
Use these Fine Motor Kits for hands-on activity kits to develop fine motor skills, strength, dexterity, and manipulation. Kids LOVE these fine motor kits for the motivating activities. Therapists love them because it’s fresh, fun ways to work on pinch, grip, manipulation skills, and much more. Try some of these themed therapy kits:
- Fall Fine Motor Kit
- Winter Fine Motor Kit
- Spring Fine Motor Kit
- Summer Fine Motor Kit
- Frogs and Toads Themed Fine Motor Kit
- Letters! Fine Motor Kit
- Outer Space Themed Fine Motor Kit
- Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Kit
- Penguin Themed Fine Motor Kit
- Snowman Themed Fine Motor Kit
Or, grab the Summer Fine Motor Kit for tons of summer, beach, and ocean themed fine motor activities to build hand strength, scissor skills, coloring, coordination, and more.
Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20+ years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.