It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays everywhere in this picture—just check out the skater, skier, and six happy diners enjoying a feast. But there are also some extraordinary goings-on here that will have you and your little observer giggling. Once you’ve found all the things in this picture that don’t quite fit in at the beach, extend the learning for your child with counting fun, word adventures, and opportunities to use her powers of observation. Your little learner will become more proficient with numbers, more confident in her observation skills, and more skilled at vocabulary. She’ll also learn to differentiate between fact and fantasy.
Invite your child to find pictures of these eight actions:
- A sand man throwing a ball
- A shark holding a fishing pole
- A horse surfboarding
- A boy skiing
- A boy carrying pails of water
- A boy holding a banana-shaped beach umbrella
- A fish flying
- A penguin sunbathing
There are more silly scenes to find! Look and see if your child can spot:
- A sand person holding an umbrella
- A woman eating with her knife
- A crab building a sand castle
- A kite shaped like a piano
- A girl wearing a winter coat
- A seagull dressed in a hat and coat
- A man reading a book on a couch
- A dining-room table set up at the shoreline
Add a vocab lesson and point out the following 10 objects and say the word for each aloud. Then invite your child to say them with you. Then say the words together.
- Snorkeling equipment
- Life jacket
- Top hat
- Conch shell
Ask your child to answer “yes” or “no” to these 8 questions. He will giggle as he shouts out his responses, and he’ll also be learning how to separate what’s real from what’s fantasy. In real life, do:
- Sharks go fishing?
- Penguins relax on beach chairs?
- Crabs play volleyball?
- Horses go surfboarding?
- Kids fly kites?
- Beachgoers eat lunch in a lounge chair?
- Seagulls fly in the sky?
- Sand people play catch together?
One, two, three—count! Invite your little mathematician to count the number of these 10 items.
- How many sand people?
- How many crabs?
- How many people eating dinner?
- How many people wearing hats?
- How many seagulls?
- How many dogs?
- How many swimsuits?
- How many people wearing blue?
- How many balls?
- How many skaters?