Our experience with oceans and lakes usually starts while our toes are still in the sand. These 40 fun beach facts help kids connect to the sandy shores even more.
Ready to venture out into the waves? Check out our favorite ocean animal facts.
Sand & Dunes
Children love playing in the sand on the beach or at a sensory table. Fun sand and dune facts can extend children’s learning in either scenario.
Activity: Use colored play sand to create different colored beaches in a sensory bin. Add seashells, smooth stones, and even water to extend the activity. You can even brainstorm how to make sand dunes.
More people visit the beach than national parks here in the United States. Apparently, I’m in the minority. I prefer a hike through a forest. So, I’m just learning about the many interesting beaches around the world. Hey beach lovers, these beach facts might inspire your next vacation.
Activity: Write a story or draw a picture about a trip to one of these interesting beaches.
These beach animal facts focus on animals that have a strong relationship to the shorelines. You might even see these animals when and where you visit the beach. Want to know more about sea creatures? I share more ocean animal facts here.
Activity: Try a nature scavenger hunt to look for beach animals, along with their homes, footprints, feathers, and more. While searching, talk about the connections between animals and their beach habitat.
Seashells are so much more than a nature-based loose part. You can hear the ocean inside them! They are incredible little homes that sea creatures build. And a seashell’s shape and pattern can be insanely similar to other patterns in nature too.
Activity: Offer kids a magnifying glass to explore the patterns on different types of seashells. Use open-ended questions to encourage children to share their observations and thoughts.
Besides palm trees, plants don’t really seem too beachy. But native beach plants are super interesting because they’ve adapted to the beach environment. Children will enjoy comparing and contrasting beach plants to the familiar ones in their own yards.
Activity: Check out the hands-on plant activities post. I share a fun, sensory-rich seaweed activity. It is a perfect match for the seaweed facts above.
Dangers at the Beach
Spending time at the beach is an incredible way to enjoy nature. But it should be fun and safe. As adults, we know that the beach has risks too. Sharing facts about the dangers at the beach with kids helps keep them safe.
Activity: Review basic beach safety tips with kids. Talk about obeying posted signs, being safe in the water, and the importance of sunscreen. Oh, and stay hydrated!
A goal of this website is to help families and educators raise planet-saving kids.
Activity: Talk about responsible choices that protect our oceans. It’s important not to litter or disturb wildlife and plants. But as parents and educators, we need to teach children about the biggest threats to our oceans. The fishing industry, the oil industry, and climate change are all human-created dangers.
Keep it developmentally-appropriate, but don’t be afraid to be real and honest too. End on a positive note by sharing ways humans are already making a difference.
I hope that somewhere in this list of beach facts, you found the perfect conversation starter for your child or classroom. Let these facts inspire play and promote ocean protection!