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Bring the Beach to Them with Posters and Books about the Seashore
Kids love the seashore, and they love children's books about the beach and posters, too.
You can't always answer YES to the question, "Can we go to the beach?" But you can do the next best thing: Bring the it to them with books and pictures!
Encourage the kids to read by providing reading material they'll love - kids' books about the surf, sand, and sea creatures. And fuel their imagination with a lovely seaside picture or print on the wall of their room.
Share with them the cute dancing seashells video you find here, as well as the information about sandcastles, lifeguard flags, pink sand beaches, and crystal clear springs.
It may not be the same thing as an actually sticking their toes in the ocean, but until you can go there for real, you can color their world beach with some of the posters and reading material you'll find right here on this page.
Different Kinds of Beaches
There are many different kinds of beaches. Everyone seems to have a favorite. What's yours?
Do you prefer to enjoy the sun, sand, and water by the sea, a lake, a river or ocean, or somewhere else?
Which kind of beach do you prefer?
For Toddlers and PreSchoolers
Books about The Beach - for Toddlers
Books about the beach for the very young. Read these to your baby or toddler. Remember- the more a very young child is read to, the more eager they will be to learn to read on their own.
A lift-the-flap book for ages 1 and up
This board book for babies and toddlers is a top choice of both kids and their parents
Fun Seashell Patterns - A Beach Video of Dancing Seashells
You'll really enjoy this one!
Watch it with your favorite kid of any age... you'll both enjoy seeing this 1985 stop-motion film animation of all kinds of sea shells forming designs. It's a classic - and very cool!
(Originally produced for Sesame Street, according to the YouTube notes.)
Everybody loves Dora and her buddy, Boots.
A vocabulatry building book, full of beach fun, with pictures as bright and sparkling as the sea
For Early Readers
Easy Readers - About Sunny Days Near the Water
They'll love learning about things near the ocean, and reading these seaside stories.
Rated for Kindergarten and above
Educational, but still entertaining.
For grades k - 3
Counting, rhyming, and identifying seashells
Hours of Fun Building Them
One of the all time favorite shore activities is building sandcastles, and it's so easy anyone can do it!
Sandcastles can be as simple or as fancy as you wish to make them.
What do you need to make a sandcastle on the beach?
1. - water
2. - sand
That's all! And, you'll find plenty or each at the beach!
The mond and dribble methods (either alone or together) require nothing more than your hands and some wet sand!
Though not absolutely necessary, a plastic shovel and sand a pail, or several pails of different sizes will also come in very handy. And very advanced sandcastle builders do use specialized tools. Here's an example of a relatively fancy sandcastle:
Age 5 - 9Daisy discovers that a dolphin is grapped in submerged fishing nets, and is in real trouble. Can she save it?
for ages 6 to 10The story of a sandcastle building contest between friends, with a surprise ending.
For Older Children
Reading for 8 to 12 Year Old Children - Engaging Beach Books for Kids
What a cool way to get a kid more interested in science!
Jack and Benny dicsover mystery and adventure in a place where they expected to find nothing but boredom.
Pink Sand Beach
There are Just a Few Beaches in the World that Have Pink Sand
Did you know that some beaches actually have PINK sand? Well, they do!
What makes the sand pink?
There is a teeny-tiny sea animal called Foraminifera that has a bright pink or red shell. There are billions of them in the sea. A handful of places are located just right for lots of these little foraminifera shells to wash ashore, turning the sand pink.
Where in the world can you find this pink sand?
Places you can see pink sand include Harbour Island, Bermuda, the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas, Great Santa Cruz Island and Sila Island in the Philipines.
From the well loved Happy Hollosters series, which you just might remember from your own youth. These books are now being enjoyed by yet another generation of readers.
Kids can use this book to learn more about the wonders they have discovered at the shore ... or those they've yet to discover
Hooray for Lifeguards
Lifeguard flags tell you when it's safe to swim!
Whether you can just swim a little, or are advanced enough to compete in swim competitions, it's a good idea to swim only at a beach where there are lifeguards. Lifeguards are expert swimmers, and are specially trained to help people in the water. It's their job to rescue people who are having trouble in the water.
When you get to the beach, look for the lifeguard, and see what color flag is flying from their chair or stand. There is usually also a sign telling what the different colors of flags mean. The meanings of the colors may be a little different depending what area of the country you are in. But some commonly used flags colors and their meaning are:
RED and YELLOW: beach open; lifeguard on duty
GREEN: it's safe to go in the water
BLUE or PURPLE: Something dangerous in the water (like jellyfish or sharks)
YELLOW: Swim only with caution. Wear a life vest if you are't an expert swimmer
RED: NOT safe to swim
Some areas have other flags, as well. One is the yellow flag with a black circle in the middle, which (in some places) means "no surfing allowed."
Always check when you arrive, to see what flag is flying and be sure to know what the different colors mean.
for Boys or Girls
Here are a several pieces of wall art that might be enjoyed by anyone who has a love of the beach. You can order any of them on line. Two are from Amazon, and two are from Zazzle, where the author is a contribiutor and an affiliate, as well as an occasional customer.
Coastal Wall Decor - from Amazon
Swim in Crystal Clear Spring Water
If you don't live near the seashore, you may find a spring near you.
While there may or may not be a sandy beach, a natural spring is a wonderful place to enjoy some time in the water and sun.
The water tends to be the same temperature year round, as it continuously flows, fresh and clear, from an underground source. At Rainbow Springs, pictured above, it's always 72 degrees. (22.2 degrees Celsius)
Something you won't encounter in a spring are those crashing waves that you might experience at some seaside areas. You don't have to worry about dangerous rip currents dragging you out to sea!
One of My Favorite Beaches - On Canvas
Do you love the beach?