One of my favorite end of the year activities is our Annual Kindergarten Beach Day. Planning for this day of outdoor fun is simple. Choose a day during the last week of school and send an email to parents. Remind them to please apply sunscreen prior to coming to school. I also ask that the kids bring a beach towel, a water bottle, and sunglasses or a sunhat. The kids can wear bathing suits or comfortable clothing. Here are 6 Beach Day activities for Kindergarten…
1. Beach Day Craft
I use this Diving Into Summer craft for morning work on the day of Beach Day. The kids color the boy or girl craft and complete the writing. It’s a great way to start the day before the outdoor festivities begin!
2. Beach Yoga
After the craft, the kids grab their towels and we head outside. We spread out the towels on the grass for some beach yoga.
3. The Parachute
Who doesn’t love the parachute?! This is always a hit in Kindergarten. The kids gather around the parachute, I call two names, and those friends run underneath and switch places. They always ask to do this activity twice.
4. Hula Hoop Contest
Next up is our hula hoop contest! The last kid or teacher hooping is the champ.
5. Water Transfer Relay Races
This water transfer relay race is one of the kids’ favorite beach day activities for Kindergarten! You will need 4 buckets, two sponges, and a ruler. Divide the kids into two teams, and explain how a relay race works. Fill the two buckets at the starting end with water.
The kids soak the sponge, run or walk to the other bucket, and squeeze out as much water as they can. After each player has had a turn, use a ruler to measure which team transferred the most water.
6. Popsicles on the Playground
After you’ve completed all of the Beach Day activities for kindergarten, treat your kids to a popsicle party on the playground!
I let the kids draw with sidewalk chalk when they’ve finished their popsicle. Then, we head back inside for a beach day movie if time allows.
There you go! I hope these ideas have provided some inspiration for planning a fun end of the year celebration for your kids.
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