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7 EASY Classroom Beach Day Activities

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Summer is almost here! Is your class counting down the days yet? Celebrate the end of the school year and summer with 7 super easy classroom beach day activities your elementary kids are sure to love.

How to Prep for a Classroom Beach Day

Making the end of the school year memorable is important, but it shouldn’t cause you any extra stress! A Classroom Beach Day is one day when you set aside the regular curriculum and allow your students to enjoy fun beach-themed learning activities and games. 

Getting ready to have a classroom beach day doesn’t need to take a lot of time, planning, or money!

If you’re ending the school year in style, try a simple beach room transformation. Blow up a few inflatable rafts and beach balls or hang some tropical decor. Find a beach video on YouTube and you’re ready to go!

A room transformation is always fun, but it’s definitely not required!


7 Classroom Beach Day Activities

Whether you decorate your classroom or not, these 7 classroom beach day activities are all simple and low-prep ideas that will make everyone feel beachy!

  1. DON’T BE CRABBY Summer Writing
  2. FREEZE Beach Day Movement Game
  3. Beach Directed Drawing
  4. Beach Towel Book Buddies
  5. Beach Day Movement Cards
  6. Beach Hide and Seek
  7. Fish Food Beach Day Snack

Before you dive into these fun activities, consider sending home a beach day invitation. This invitation is a simple note you can send home to invite children to wear a hat and/or sunglasses. 

They can also bring in a beach towel for the day. Grab this editable beach day invitation for FREE!


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1. Don't Be CRABBY Summer Writing

First up– a fun beach-themed writing activity!

Who can be CRABBY in the summer?! Get your students excited about their upcoming break with this Crab Craft and Writing project.


If your beach day plans are packed, this craft also comes with a quicker coloring option! 

These crabby cuties make the perfect end-of-the-year bulletin board display for your classroom or hallway.

2. FREEZE Beach Day Movement Game

Next, get your kids moving by playing Summer FREEZE! Research supports that movement helps both the body and the brain, so it’s a no-brainer to add in the classroom.

summer freeze game for elementary classrooms

Your kids will love playing this game! There are 30 cards included in Summer FREEZE, but you can just pick the beach ones for your fun beach day.

How to Play

Never played FREEZE? It’s easy and fun!

  1. Give each student one picture card.
  2. Play some fun beach music. As the music plays, students dance around and trade cards. 
  3. Pause the music and read a “Who has__?” card, such as “Who has sunscreen?” Whoever is holding that card wins!
  4. Start the music and play again!


When you’re done, you can use the cards and pages for a writing activity. You can also create an instant writing center by placing the cards in a pocket chart!


With Summer FREEZE, the fun doesn’t have to end when beach day is over. Of all the classroom beach day activities, this will definitely be a favorite!

3. Beach Directed Drawing

Get your kids involved in an engaging art activity as the next part of Classroom Beach Day. Rob and Mrs. Hubs at Art Hub for Kids created this quick directed drawing lesson of a beach umbrella scene. Adding this directed drawing activity to your beach day is sure to get those beach vibes going!

4. Beach Towel Book Buddies

Reading a good book at the beach… is there anything more relaxing than that?!

classroom beach day activities reading hub

Easily transform your classroom into a reading oasis. Project a relaxing beach video with wave sounds on your board. Let your students sit or lay on their towels as they read. Sunglasses are optional! 

This beach day activity will get everyone excited about summer reading!

5. Beach Day Movement Cards

Next up in your Classroom Beach Day is another fun movement activity!


Grab your FREE Beach Movement Cards and place them in a pail. You can grab one or two and lead your class in a fun beach-related movement minute or allow students to each pick one to try when they need to get their wiggles out


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6. Beach Hide and Seek

Alright, now it’s time for some extra fun– play hide and seek on the beach! 

Practice sight words, spelling, or math facts with this Beach Day Hide and Seek PowerPoint game. You can even add your own skills to make this game best fit your students’ needs.

classroom beach day activities and games

Hide the crab behind one of the shells and let students guess where he might be! Click on the shells to make them disappear. This game is fun to play again and again, even after beach day is over!

7. Fish Food Beach Day Snack

Wrap up your Beach Day with a yummy treat. After all their moving and learning, your kids will definitely be ready for a snack!

classroom beach day activities fish food snack

Devon at Mama Cheaps shares this fun fish food snack mix that your students are sure to love! It’s sweet, salty, and mess-free! Kids will enjoy snacking on this fishy mix while they read, write, and complete their beach day activities!

Summer is almost here, but there’s still a chance to make a few more special memories together using these easy classroom beach day activities. Your students will always remember the fun they had with you on this special Beach Day!

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