I know it's the middle of winter but I need some sand and sun and warm weather. I'm longing for summer. This is my mid-winter virtual beach trip. To The Beach by Thomas Docherty has a little boy that utilizes any way he can to get to the beach! I totally agree with his single-minded focus! This is a great read for preschool storytime. I've also used Going to the Beach by scanning and enlarging the pages. I mounted each page on yellow construction paper and laminated them. I have the text on the back of each laminated sheet to make it easier to read. The pictures are clear and uncluttered and there is minimal text. I was inspired to make a set of sandcastles after seeing this post @Story Time Secrets. Her rhyme is great with a cute ending! I made my sandcastles out of felt with added shell sequins for some shine! Each of my sandcastles has a different colored flag on a toothpick pole. I cut the shapes out freehand after looking at some Google images.
I use a beach version of the Little Mouse game but it's with a little whale and colored pails. The rhyme is:
Little Whale, Little Whale
Are you hiding in the ___ pail?
I had to stiffen the felt handle pieces with white glue on the back and of course add some shiny sequins. The little whale (now that's a contradiction in terms!) is made of Pellon that I colored with color pencils and outlined with a black Sharpie. I think he's adorable! Going to the beach (even in the winter) is so much Fun with Friends at Storytime.
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