There is plenty of adventure with Thomas and Grandpa when they spend a day at the beach. Pamela Allen has the knack for capturing that special bond between a grandparent and a grandchild through simple text and expressive illustrations. Below I have listed some activities you might like to do after reading the book.
- Grandpa and Thomas have gone to the sea. Talk about the beach using all the senses: Who has been to the beach? What did you see? How does the sand feel? How does the water feel? What does seaweed feel like? How does it smell?
- Look at the front cover. Ask the same questions: What is the book going to be about? Look at the illustrations of Thomas. What is he feeling/ Why? What is going to happen next?
- Discuss with your child what Grandpa and Thomas do in the story to prevent themselves getting sunburnt. Also, what are the healthy & unhealthy foods in the book? What other foods could they have taken to the beach with them? Look at having a picnic at the beach.
- Look at the shapes in the book. What can you find?
- How far can you throw a stick? If it is to dangerous, throw beanbags. Measure informally.
- Look at the separate pages. Count:
How many shoes?
How umbrellas ?
How many seagulls?
How many sticks?
How many items of clothing?
Look at the patterns in the book.
How does the author depict ‘movement’?
How long were Thomas and Grandpa at the beach for? How do you know?
Do a sequence activity. What did the two do first, second, next, last etc.
- Colours especially green; grass, tree frogs, smarties, plants, peas etc.
- Make an umbrella picture.