Following our visit to St Mary's Bay on the south coast of Kent last weekend we had two lovely buckets of treasure to explore:
So, 6 days later we spread the contents of the buckets out on a large piece of paper,:
looked at what we had found and then I asked the girls to organise what they had found - no criteria for how they did it, just to do it and this is what happened:
Dd2 (aged 4) separated her find into pebbles, seaweed, small shells, medium shells, large shells, wood.
Dd1 (aged 6) organised hers into concentric circles, smallest in the centre, largest on the outside. This is absolutely typical of dd1 - given any mathematical type task it will become a work of art!
After this we read some pages from the Usborne Beginners Seashore book and discovered that one of our finds was egg cases from a whelk! The girls pretended to be sea otters cracking open mussels with a stone whilst lying on their backs, and we sang a fingerplay song which changed its words frequently but was inspired by this webpage and went something like this:
Five little shells lying on the shore,
Crash went the waves and then there were four.
Four little shells lying by the sea,
Crash went the waves and then there were three.
Three little shells by the sea so blue,
Crash went the waves and then there were two.
Two little shells lying in the sun,
Crash went the waves and then there was one.
One little shell, all by itself,
I picked it up and put it on my shelf.
Dd1 took a look at the Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Seashore book for a bit more depth and finally we cut the corners from eggbox lids and painted 'shells' and used the remains of a large lid as a wave so we can play out the song.
I'm also hoping to use the shells and waves to build up a bigger seashore picture over the coming weeks, but time will tell!