B week started with a trip to the beach!
On Sunday, we brought the kids to the beach. The good thing about staying in a tropical country is that the sun is always out, and it’s(almost) always a good day for a visit to the beach! C was thrilled, and couldn’t wait to start playing in the sand. G followed his sister’s cue, and busied himself by trying out the rake.
It was interesting to note the contrast between the two children. C, being the more fastidious child, preferred to remain squatting while playing. G, the more easy-going of the two, started by squatting like his sister, but soon settled down comfortably in the sand and started scooping.
I had not intended to do any teaching (the beach is for fun and relaxation!) but C observed the tide going out (it was high tide when we arrived), and asked about it. I’m one who believes that when a child asks a question, it has to be answered as factually as possible, so I tried my best to explain the influence of the moon and sun. Thank goodness for a smart phone!
For G, it was mainly a discovery of senses- the feel of the sand on his hands and feet, the differences between wet and dry sand, feeling the sea breeze on his face. In the process, he also worked on his fine motor skills by scooping sand and filling up the little sand moulds.
Of course, the kids got to work their gross motor skills by swimming after the sand play.
Who knew that we could learn so much from a fun trip to the beach? As an added bonus, daddy and mummy had a great time relaxing and chatting 🙂
Have you brought your kids outdoors today?