10 Ways To Keep Learning During Your Beach Vacation!

Headed to the beach? Here are 10 fun ways you're family can keep learning on your beach vacation! I love #4!

One of the nice things about homeschooling is that you never have to stop learning!  There are always different things we can do as we go about our daily lives that take advantage of real life learning opportunities.  Vacation is no exception.  In fact, the beach is a fabulous place to continue that education.  The possibilities are endless!  Here are a few different ways you can keep on learning during your beach vacation!

  1. Free lapbooks –  Print these before you go, and whip them out when you want to work on them.  Be sure to toss in the glue, scissors, crayons, etc.

    Hello Ocean Lapbook from HomeschoolShare
    Ocean Lapbook Printables from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool
    Ocean Lapbook from Rockabye Butterfly
    and another Ocean Lapbook from Layers of Learning
    Whales & Dolphins Lapbook from 1 Plus 1 plus 1 equals 1

  2. Bring some Library Books – Take a look at this list, and request them from your library a few days before you leave.

    Summer Books for Beach Trip

    Science in Seconds at the Beach: Exciting Experiments You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less

    Sandcastles Made Simple (Step-By-Step)

    Sea Shells, Crabs, and Sea Stars: Take Along Guide

    What Lives in a Shell? (Let’s Read and Find out Science)

    One Small Square – Seashore

    Florida Seashells: A Beachcomber’s Guide

    Smithsonian Handbook: Birds of Florida

    Florida’s Living Beaches: A Guide for the Curious Beachcomber

  3. Charlotte Mason Nature Study:

    Take a look at this free Beach Nature Study for some ideas!

  4. Art Projects

    There are so many different art projects you can do at the beach.  Try to plan a few different ones during your trip.  You can even let the kiddos make them outside for a cool experience!

    Bubble Shell Painting

    DIY Foam Lighthouse

    Footprints in the Sand Beach Canvas

    16 Seashell Crafts for Kids to Make

    Jellyfish in a Bottle

    Coffee Filter Suncatchers

  5. Start a Seashell Collection

    Head out to the beach early in the morning to have a nicer selection of seashells.  You can learn lots of technical information about starting a seashell collection here on ConchologistsOfAmerica.org.  You can also complete this DIY.org challenge – Start a Seashell Collection.

  6. Sandcastle Architecture

    Pull out some scratch paper and a pencil to draw out a sketch of your sandcastle plan.  Then head out to the beach to get started on your masterpiece.

  7. Learn about Tides

    – Learn about tides before you go.  Here is a great resource for learning about the ocean’s tides!  Also check out this free resource for learning about waves and tides.


    – Once you arrive have the kids keep a chart and journal of the tides twice a day during their trip.  Try to document the times of high tide and low tide as often as you can.  Have them draw pictures of their observations.

  8. Make a Beach Sensory Bin

    Hands on learning is a fabulous way to involve younger ones in the educational activities.  You can make a really fun sensory bin made from materials you can find at the beach.  Check out these ideas for creating your own! Beach Sensory Bin by Here Come The Girls Blog

    Creative Sand Play by Gummy Lump

    Beach Themed Sensory Box by Buggy and Buddy

    Beach Sand Sensory Slime by Little Bins for Little Hands

    Sand Play Dough with Loose Parts by Mama Papa Bubba

  9. Go Fishing

    Fishing, Educational?  Yes!  There are so many things that can be learned while fishing whether in fresh or saltwater.  Make it educational by learning about the differences between fresh and saltwater, Study the different types of fish you could catch.  Learn more about the fish you do catch.  If you are deep sea fishing you can learn more about the deep ocean.  Also, cleaning and cooking your catch is an educational experience all on it’s own!

  10. Fly A Kite

    Kite Flying can lead to many different educational discussions.  Check out all the Free Kite Flying Learning resources you can find here.

Those are just a few of the ways you can make your beach trip educational.  Remember though, in the midst of all the learning, be sure to take some time to relax and just enjoy the view!

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