A trip to the beach helps children to be involved in planning what will happen at the beach and the tools and resources they will need when they get to the beach. As you talk about what you are going to do children begin to explore listening to and responding to questions. The questions might be simple or more complex and require them to think about information and connect past and present events.
Once you have decided what you will do together you can start to explore what you will need to take and when is the best time to go. By doing this with your child they are learning to sort, group and categorise objects by function and purpose. By planning what to do and when to go they are learning about time, weather and the seasons and how these can impact on what we do and when we can do it.