Friday, May 31, 2013

Turtle Craft

 
What you need:  A paper plate, colored pencils/markers, construction paper, scissors, and googly eyes.
 
Draw a pattern on the turtle's shell.  Allow the children to pick their turtle colors and color in the pattern.  Assist in attaching the legs, head, and eyes. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Super Heros



What kind of super hero will you be? Children look up to super heroes. From Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, there may even be a few who look up to Aqua-Man and Atom Ant.

Discuss with children what super heroes do. The common answer will be they help people. Super heroes are a great tool to teach children about kindness and compassion. Ask the children what it means to be kind or helpful. How does it make them feel when someone does something nice for them? Or when they do some thing nice for someone else? 

To help the children get into the part create your very own super hero masks or capes. I used construction paper, gift tissue, as well as recycled packaging from a double pack of lemon juice. 









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Paper Plate Masks


Bunny Mask

 
Lion Mask 

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Recycling: Stamps

 Working with children you find yourself saving a lot of recyclables such as water bottles, cardboard, and all sorts of packaging. Here is a new one for you to start collecting, cheese wax. Its the red stuff on the outside of the Babybel mini cheese rounds, as well as other various cheese, and comes in several colors. It is great for creating stamps and as play dough. 

    The cheese wax can be melted or softened and molded. If you plan on melting it completely to pour into a container I would suggest using a double boiler. It not you can soften it in the microwave and shape it with your hands. We used to popsicle sticks to flatten the sides making our rectangle. After it has hardened use a toothpick, or a different child friendly device, to carve a design into the stamp. Then add a little paint or an ink pad and enjoy. 





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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Deep Blue Sea Curriculum Ideas


Deep Blue Sea Curriculum Ideas

Circle Time & Music


Scoop up Sand Author Unknown

Sung to: "Ten Little Indians"
Scoop up sand and put it in your bucket.
Scoop up sand and put it in your bucket.
Scoop up sand and put it in your bucket.
How much do you have?

We Sail a Ship Author Unknown

Sung to: "What do you do with a drunken Sailor"

We sail a Ship with a (boy) named ________________.
We sail a Ship with a (girl) named ________________.
We sail a Ship with a (boy) named _________________.
Early in the morning.

I'm a Fish Author Unknown

Sung to: "I'm a little Teapot"

I'm a little fishy, I can swim. here is my tail, here is my fin.
When I want to have fun with my friends,
I wiggle my tail and
dive right in.

To The Beach Author Unknown

Sung to: "London Bridge"

We are going to the beach,
to the Beach, to the beach,
We are going to the beach,
in our bathing suits.
We will find there rocks and shells,
Rocks and
shells, Rocks and Shells.
We will find there rocks and shells,
to gather by the water.
We will build a sand castle,
Sand castle, sand castle,
we will build a sand castle,
with bridges and a tower.
We will have a picnic too,
picnic too, picnic too,
We will have a picnic too,
With Sandwiches and oranges.
Home we head with Sunburned Cheeks,
Sunburned Cheeks, Sunburned Cheeks,
Home we head with sunburned Cheeks,
and treasures from our visit.

Let's go to the Beach Author Unknown

Sung to: "A Hunting We Will Go"
Let's go to the beach
To swim and play and run.
Building castles in the sand
Is ever so much fun.
We'll fix a picnic lunch
And eat it when we like.
And when we all are nice and full
We'll take a nature hike.

Be sure to wear your suit
And bring along your float.
We'll ride so far out in the surf
Pretending it's a boat.

We'll find some pretty shells
And throw the gulls some bread.
Put on a lot of suntan oil
So that we don't turn red.

We'll never want to leave.
Such fun this all has been.
But we'll come back another day
And do it all again!

A Seashell Author Unknown

One day a little shell washed up (hold shell)
Out of the waves at sea.
I held the shell up to my ear, (hold shell to ear)
And I heard it sing to me.
Sh...sh...sh...sh. (children repeat)

A little shell washed up one day,
And lay upon the sand. (hold shell in hand)
It sang a song about the sea,
As I held it in my hand. (children repeat)

A Sailor Went To Sea, Sea, Sea Author Unknown

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea
To see what he could see, see, see
But all that he could see, see, see
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea!

Five Little Sea Creatures Author Unknown

Five little sea creatures
On the ocean floor;
The lobster walked away
Now there are four.

Four little sea creatures
Living in the sea;
The octopus crept away
Now there are three.

Three little sea creatures
Wondering what to do;
"Good-bye," said the starfish
Now there are two.

Two little sea creatures
Not having much fun;
Off swam the sea horse
Now there is one.

One little hermit crab
Sad and all alone,
Back came the starfish,
Back came the sea horse,
Back came the octopus,
Back came the lobster,
Then all five went home.

Take Me Out to the Ocean Author Unknown

Sung to: "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"

Take me out to the ocean
Take me out to the sea
There goes a starfish and sand dollar,
I'm having such fun, I've just got to holler
Oh, it's swim, swim, swim, underwater
Catch a ride on a whale, don't fear,
For the sea animals are our friends,
Let's give a great big cheer!

Sea Gull song Author Unknown

Sung to: "Frere Jacques"

I see sea gulls
I see sea gulls,
At the beach,
At the beach,

Soaring, diving, fishing,
Soaring, diving, fishing,
At the beach,
At the beach.

Other verses:
I hear the ocean,
I hear the ocean,
At the beach,
At the beach,

Crashing, splashing, foaming
Crashing, splashing, foaming,
At the beach,
At the beach.

Five Scrumptious Shrimp Author Unknown

Five scrumptious shrimp burrowed in the mud
Hiding from their predators in the slimy crud
Along came a fish as quiet as he could
GULP!
Four scrumptious shrimp burrowed in the mud....
etc….

Clown Fish Lives in the Ocean Author Unknown

Sung To: "An ocean full of different creatures"

The clown fish lives in the ocean
The clown fish lives in the ocean.
The clown fish lives lives in the ocean....
His neighbor is the seahorse.

The seahorse lives in the ocean
The seahorse lives in the ocean.
The seahorse lives lives in the ocean....
His neighbor is the shark.

The shark lives in the ocean
The shark lives in the ocean.
The shark fish lives lives in the ocean....
His neighbor is the jellyfish.

Continue with: jellyfish, octopus, starfish, sea urchin, dolphin, whale, etc.

A Sailor Went To Sea Author Unknown

A Sailor went to sea, sea, sea.
To see what he could see, see, see.
But all that he could see, see, see.
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea
Note: Have your children repeat this getting faster and faster.

Sticky, Sticky Starfish Author Unknown

Sung to: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"

Sticky, sticky little starfish,
How I wonder what you are,
Beneath the sea so cool and blue
Can you see me as I see you?
Sticky, sticky little starfish
Beneath the sea so cool and blue!

Gertie The Goldfish Author Unknown

Gertie the goldfish goes kiss, kiss, kiss
She looks at me and goes kiss, kiss, kiss
She doesn't laugh, doesn't sing, doesn't do anything
Just blows big kisses like this
Kiss, Kiss, kiss, kiss
Note: have your children smack lips like kissing after each line.

Octopus Author Unknown

An octopus has Eight long arms (Hold up four fingers on each hand)
It lives in the sea, but don't be alarmed (Wave hands back and forth to show no worry)
He squirts out ink (Clap hands), when he is the prey
And grows a new arm when it’s torn away.(Hold up arm as high as you can)

Fish Story Author Unknown

One, two, three, four, five -
Once I caught a fish alive.
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten -
Then I let it go again.
Why did I let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
The little finger on the right



My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean Author Unknown  *

My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
My Bonnie lies over the sea.
My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
Please bring back my Bonnie to me.

Bring back, Bring back,
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me, to me.
Bring back, Bring back,
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me.

Fishy Pokey Author Unknown*

Sung To: 'Hokey Pokey'

Put your left fin in, take your left fin out
You do the fishy pokey and you turn yourself around that's what its all about
Put your right gill in, take your right gill out (etc.)

I'm A Little Fishy Author Unknown*

tune of: I'm a little tea pot

I'm a little fishy
watch me swim
Here is my tail
Here is my fin
When I want to have fun with my friends
I wiggle my tail an dive right in

Sally Seashell Saleswoman Author Unknown*

Silly Sally sells seashells
sells sea shell, sells, sea shells
Silly Sally sells seashells
sells sea shell, sells, sea shells
Down by the sea shore

Down by the Shore Author Unknown*

Down by the shore
In the sand and in the sun
I like to dive and splash and run
And as the waves roll out and in
I'll get warm in the sun and
Have lots of fun
Down by the shore

Dolphin in the Sea Author Unknown*

Dolphin, Dolphin in the Sea
Dolphin, Dolphin wild and Free
Swimming, Swimming in the Sea
Just as Free as you can be
Dolphin, Dolphin in the Sea
Swimming, Swimming Wild and Free.

Five Little Fishies in the Sea Author Unknown*

Five little fishes in the sea
teasing Mr. sharky
you can't catch me
you can't catch me
Well along came Mr. sharky (softly) as quiet as can be
He snapped! a fish up
right out of the sea.

Four little fishes in the sea
teasing Mr. sharky
you can't catch me
you can't catch me
Well along came Mr. sharky (softly) as quiet as can be
He snapped! a fish up
right out of the sea.

Three little fishes in the sea
teasing Mr. sharky
you can't catch me
you can't catch me
Well along came Mr. sharky (softly) as quiet as can be
He snapped! a fish up
right out of the sea.

Two little fishes in the sea
teasing Mr. sharky
you can't catch me
you can't catch me
Well along came Mr. sharky (softly) as quiet as can be
He snapped! a fish up
right out of the sea

One little fishy in the sea
teasing Mr. sharky
you can't catch me
you can't catch me
Well along came Mr. sharky (softly) as quiet as can be
He snapped! that fish up
right out of the sea
Now Mr. sharky is lonely can't you see. .

Mr. Lobster and Mrs. Crab Author Unknown *

Mr. lobster and Mrs. crab
pinch and snap all day
Mr. lobster and Mrs. crab
pinch and snap all day
with a pinch, pinch here and a snap, snap there
here a pinch, there a snap
everywhere a pinch, pinch (snap, snap)
Mr. lobster and Mrs. crab pinch and snap all day.

Two Little Fishes Swimming in a Tank Author Unknown*

Sung To: Two Little Dicky Birds
Two little fishes swimming in a tank,
one named Betty one named Frank,
swim away Betty, Swim away Frank,
Swim back betty swim back Frank.




Catch a Fish  *

Sung to: "Row, Row, Row your boat"

Catch, catch, catch a fish,
Hook it on your line.
Reel it, reel it, reel it,
This one will be mine.

Down in the Deep Blue Sea

Sung to: "Shoo-Fly"

Down in the deep blue sea,
Down in the deep blue sea,
Down in the deep blue sea,
What will we see?

We'll see a swimming fish,
We'll see a swimming fish,
We'll see a swimming fish,
That is what we'll see

We'll see an octopus ……
We'll see a great big whale ...



Fish Are Swimming

Sung to: "Frere Jacques"

Fish are swimming, fish are swimming,
In the sea, in the sea,
A-splishing and a-splashing,
A-splishing and a-splashing,
Look and see, look and see.

Three Little Fishies

Down in the meadow in a little bitty pool
Swan two little fishies & a mama fishie too.
"Swim," said the mama fishie, "Swim if you can."
And they swam & they swam all over the dam.

(chorus)
Boop Boop Dittem Dattem What-tem Chu!
Boop Boop Dittem Dattem What-tem Chu!
Boop Boop Dittem Dattem What-tem Chu!
And they swam & they swam all over the dam.

"Stop," said the mama fishie, "Or you will get lost."
The 3 little fishies didn't want to be bossed.
The 3 little fishies went off on a spree.
They sway & they swam right out to the sea.
(chorus)
"Whee!" yelled the little fishies, "Here's a lot of fun,
We'll swim in the sea till the day is done."
They swam & they swam, it was a lark,
Till all of a sudden they saw a shark!
(chorus)
"Help!" cried the little fishies, "Gee, look at all the whales!"
And quick as they could, they turned on their tails.
And back to the pool in the meadow they swam,
And they swam & they swam back over the dam.

Five Cranky Crabs

Five cranky crabs were digging on the shore.
One swam into a net and then there were four.
Four cranky crabs were floating in the sea.
One got tangled up in seaweed then there were three.
Three Cranky crabs were wondering what to do.
One dug a deep, deep hole. Then there were two.
Two cranky crabs were warming in the sun.
One got scooped up in a cup. Then there was one.
One cranky crab was smarter than his friends.
He hid between the jagged rocks.
That's how the story ends.




Fish Are Swimming

Sung to: "Frere Jacques"

Fish are swimming, fish are swimming,
In the sea, in the sea,
A-splishing and a-splashing,
A-splishing and a-splashing,
Look and see, look and see.

Three Little Fishies

Down in the meadow in a little bitty pool
Swan two little fishies & a mama fishie too.
"Swim," said the mama fishie, "Swim if you can."
And they swam & they swam all over the dam.

(chorus)
Boop Boop Dittem Dattem What-tem Chu!
Boop Boop Dittem Dattem What-tem Chu!
Boop Boop Dittem Dattem What-tem Chu!
And they swam & they swam all over the dam.

"Stop," said the mama fishie, "Or you will get lost."
The 3 little fishies didn't want to be bossed.
The 3 little fishies went off on a spree.
They sway & they swam right out to the sea.
(chorus)
"Whee!" yelled the little fishies, "Here's a lot of fun,
We'll swim in the sea till the day is done."
They swam & they swam, it was a lark,
Till all of a sudden they saw a shark!
(chorus)
"Help!" cried the little fishies, "Gee, look at all the whales!"
And quick as they could, they turned on their tails.
And back to the pool in the meadow they swam,
And they swam & they swam back over the dam.

Five Cranky Crabs

Five cranky crabs were digging on the shore.
One swam into a net and then there were four.
Four cranky crabs were floating in the sea.
One got tangled up in seaweed then there were three.
Three Cranky crabs were wondering what to do.
One dug a deep, deep hole. Then there were two.
Two cranky crabs were warming in the sun.
One got scooped up in a cup. Then there was one.
One cranky crab was smarter than his friends.
He hid between the jagged rocks.
That's how the story ends.

Swimming in the Sea

Sung to: "Doo-wa diddy diddy"

There I was just swimming in the sea
singing oooo wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee

All the sudden there's a dolphin next to me
singing ooo wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee

She swam fast
she swam fast

she dove deep
she dove deep

she swam fast dove deep
Hey this dolphin's pretty neat!!

do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee

Dolphin-swimming

Crab-pinching
whale - breaching

shark swimming
mermaids plug nose and shimmy down

Dolphin Family Song*

Sung to: "Adam's Family Theme"

When they get into the notion
They jump out of the ocean
With tail fluke locomotion,
The Dolphin family
Swim in the sea, eee eee
Swim in the sea, eee eee
Swim in the sea
Live in a pod
Swim in the sea, eee eee
I bet you didn't suppose
Their blow hole was their nose
And in and out the air goes
The Dolphin family
Swim in the sea, eee eee
Swim in the sea, eee eee
Swim in the sea,
Live in a pod
Swim in the sea, eee eee

Slippery Fish *

Slippery Fish, Slippery Fish....
Swimming through the water ( use hands to act out fish swimming through the water)
Slippery Fish , Slippery Fish
Gulp, Gulp ( Each time you say Gulp...use hands on either side of mouth and slide down throat)
OH NO ! (When you say this, put hands on face)
He got eaten by........
A Tuna Fish, A Tuna Fish.....
Swimming through the water ( use hands to act out a tuna fish swimming through the water)
A Tuna Fish, A Tuna Fish
Gulp, Gulp
OH NO!
He got eaten by........
An Octopus, an Octopus....
Swimming through the water ( use arms and wave them up and down for Octopus arms)
An Octopus, an Octopus...
Gulp, Gulp
OH NO !
He got eaten by.......
A Great Big Shark, A Great Big Shark....
swimming through the water (use arms from elbows to hands to look like a shark mouth opening and closing)
A Great Big Shark, A Great Big Shark.....
Gulp, Gulp
OH NO!
He got eaten by....
A Big Fat Whale, A Big Fat Whale.....
swimming through the water ( Use a deep voice and hold arms out to your sides to look like a Big Fat Whale)
A Big Fat Whale, A Big Fat Whale....
Burp, Burp....
EXCUSE ME! ( use a higher voice to say this part)

Fish in the Sea Author Unknown *

The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim
swim, swim, swim, swim, swim, swim
The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim
All through the Day

The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch
pinch, pinch, pinch, pinch, pinch, pinch
The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch
All through the Day

The octopus in the sea go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
The octopus in the sea go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
All through the Day

The crabs in the sea go click, click, click
click, click, click, click, click, click
The crabs in the sea go click, click, click
All through the Day

The Whales *

Sung to: "I'm a little teapot"

I'm a humpback whale,
I'm very strong.
I leap about
And sing a song.
I like to eat my fill
In the Northern Sea.
But in the winter,
South I flee.
I am a beluga,
I'm all white.
From head to tail
I'm quite a sight.
You can hear me singing
Way up north,
Playing and swimming
Back and forth.
I'm a mighty orca
Black and white.
In the sea
I'm a beautiful sight.
I'm not very big,
But I am sleek.
I hunt for my food
Cause I have teeth.

I'm A Big Whale *

Sung to: "Clementine"

I am swimming, I am swimming,
I am swimming in the sea.
I'm a big whale and I'm swimming
I am swimming in the sea.
I am singing , I am singing,
I am singing in the sea.
I'm a big whale and I'm singing,
I am singing in the sea.
I am spouting, I am spouting,
I am spouting in the sea.
I'm a big whale and I'm spouting,
I am spouting in the sea.

We're Little Orange Crabs *

Sung to: "The Farmer in the Dell"

We're little orange crabs
Who live down by the sea,
And where we do go
We're quick as quick can be.
We're little orange crabs
Who like to run and hide,
And when you see us walking by
It's always side to side.

Three Little Fish*

Sung to: "Three Blind Mice"

Three little fish, three little fish
(hold up three fingers)
See how they swim, see how they swim
(make swimming motion with arms)
Round and Round and fast they go
("swim" fast - sing fast)
Now they are going very slow
("swim" slow-also sign slow)
Three little fish, three little fish
(hold up 3 fingers again)

Down in the Water *

Sung to: "Down by the Station"

Down in the water, early in the morning
See the ocean creatures, swimming all around.
You can see the parents playing with their babies.
Under the sea is where they're found!

Creatures of the Sea *

Sung to: "Sing a Song of Sixpence"
Playing in the oceans, underneath the sea,
Snuggled in the waves is where we want to be.
We are all the creatures swimming happily,
This is where we live because we're creatures of the sea!

Once I Saw An Octopus *

Once I saw an octopus
In the deep blue sea. (Point downward)
I called, "Mr. Octopus,
Won't you swim with me?" (Cup hands around mouth)
Then out came his tentacles,
So very long and straight, (extend eight fingers.)
One and two and three and four,
Five and six and seven and eight. (count on fingers.)

Eight Arms *

Once I saw an octopus,
Deep down in the sea.
(Clasp hands together with thumbs inside.)
Out came her eight tentacles
To play and swim with me.
(Extend and wiggle eight fingers)

Lions of the Sea *

Sung to: "Sing a Song of Sixpence"

Playing in the ocean underneath the sea,
Snuggled in the waves is where we like to be.
We are all the sea lions swimming happily.
Ar Ar Ar Ar! (Doing arms in a flipper flapping motion together in front of the body) Fish for me!

Sticky, Sticky Starfish *

Sung to: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"

Sticky, sticky little starfish,
How I wonder what you are,
Beneath the sea so cool and blue
Can you see me as I see you?
Sticky, sticky little starfish
Beneath the sea so cool and blue

Catch a Fish *

Sung to: "Row, Row, Row your boat"

Catch, catch, catch a fish,
Hook it on your line.
Reel it, reel it, reel it,
This one will be mine.

Down in the Deep Blue Sea

Sung to: "Shoo-Fly"

Down in the deep blue sea,
Down in the deep blue sea,
Down in the deep blue sea,
What will we see?

We'll see a swimming fish,
We'll see a swimming fish,
We'll see a swimming fish,
That is what we'll see

We'll see an octopus ……
We'll see a great big whale ...

Make a beach scene

Need: Baby food jar w/ lid, sand, pebbles, and shells

Directions: A fun way to make a beach scene is to fill a baby food jar with sand.
Arrange pebbles, shells, and put a lid on it. The lid can be sprayed
gold. Pasta shells can be used to represent real shells.

Beach art activity

Need: Plaster of Paris, sand, shells, Styrofoam bowl, and a drink umbrella

Directions: Take plaster of Paris and add sand and put it into a Styrofoam bowl.
Then had the children put shells on the top before it set and add a paper umbrella (the kind in drinks). It looks just like the beach on some exotic island.


Sea Shell Candles

Need: Half-pint size milk cartons (rinsed out and dried), Paraffin wax melted over a double boiler at low temp. (One pound will fill approx. 4-1/2 pint size cartons), Grease or no- stick cooking spray, Small sea shell, Ice cubes, Small birthday candles

Directions: Open the to of the milk cartons to form rectangular boxes. Grease or spray inside of cartons. Fill the cartons with the following five layers: shells, ice, shells, ice, and shells. Place a birthday candle in the center of the carton with wick exposed (shells and ice will hold it in place) Slowly pour melted parafwax into each carton until the wax is approx. 1/8 inch from the exposed wick. Allow to cool completely, even overnight. Tear away carton. (NOTE there will be water spillage due to trapped water in the carton, so complete this step over a sink or outside) Display the candles.

Beach Scene

Need: Baby food jars, sand, pebbles, shells, twigs, gold spray

Directions: A fun way to make a beach scene is to fill a baby food jar with sand.  Arrange pebbles, shells, and twigs on top and put a lid on it. The lid can be sprayed gold. Pasta shells can be used to represent real shells.

Ocean Hear and Draw

Need: Ocean tape, crayons, paper

Directions: Play a recording of a nature (ocean tape). How does it make you feel?
What sounds do you hear? Give the children crayons to color with as they listen.

Cool Breeze fans

Need: Paper plates, markers or crayons, popsicle stick, glue

Directions: Using the centers that you cut from the paper plates, cut the circle in half
to make a straight edge. Have kids decorate and glue to a popsicle stick.

Sand Castles

Need: 1 cup cornstarch, 2 cups fine sand, 1 1/2 cups cold water

Directions: Make Sand Castles the children can take home with Sand Dough. Mix in an old pan. Stir 5 - 10 minutes over medium heat until thick. Cool, then store in a plastic bag or container until ready to use. This should yield enough for 4 -6 children.  Give each child a small amount of the sand dough on a paper plate and an assortment of small shells, stones, beads, straws, anything to decorate their castle. These will dry hard is left to set for a few days.

Sand Shakes

Need: Construction paper, glue, sand

Directions: You can use this art project to reinforce lessons in writing letters or numbers. Help each child drip glue on paper to make letters, numbers, or a design; sprinkle sand over paper and shake off excess.

Shell Monsters

Need: Shells, glue, tempera paint, paint brushes, newspaper
Directions: Spread the newspaper out on a table. Glue shells together to form monsters or other creatures. Let glue dry then paint creatures.

Beach Scene

Need: Rock salt, alcohol, food coloring

Directions: Color rock salt by soaking in alcohol and food coloring. I made blue, green,
and brown. Children make a collage using blue or green for the ocean, brown
for the sand and some uncolored rock salt for shells. My class loved doing
this because the rock salt looks like gemstones.

Sand Art

Need: Paint, sand, paper

Directions: Mix sand and paint together. Pour mixture onto a piece of paper. Have the children spread the sand around with their hands. Glue on a crab or other beach creature to make it look like a real beach.

Permanent Sand Castle

Need: sand, water, paper plate, flour, sugar, stove, pot, spoon

Directions: Combine 6 cups of sand w/ 1 cup of wheat paste (recipe below). Add water until the mixture feels slightly sticky and packs firmly into shapes. Put the shape onto a paper plate and allow to dry over-night.
Wheat paste recipe
Combine 1/3 cup of flour and 2 tbsp. sugar in a saucepan. Slowly pour 1 cup of water and mix well. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Makes 1 cup as needed above.

Seashell Wind Chime

Need: Yarn, cardboard tube, a dowel, or a piece of driftwood, shells, glue

Directions: Tie several pieces of brightly colored yarn around a cardboard tube, a
dowel, or a piece of driftwood, leaving one inch of space between each string. Tie three or four seashells on each string, positioning them so they will hit each other when they are blown in the wind. Glue the shells in place. Attach a string hanger to the tu
be and hang it outside where it will blow in the wind.

Underwater Scene

Need: paper plate, paper, blue wrap

Directions: Have children decorate a paper plate with underwater scene--cut-out paper fish, painted fish on plate, whatever they like. Cover the plate with the blue wrap (like Saran Wrap).

Leis

Need: paper, drinking straws, and yarn

Directions: Make flower leis by cutting flowers from construction paper in red, orange, yellow and green. Poke a hole in the middle of the flowers. Cut the straws into couple inch pieces. Now string them on yarn. Alternate a flower then a piece of a straw.

Surfboard

Need: paper, crayons or markers, scissors

Directions: Cut surfboard shapes out of cardboard and decorated them with markers.

Hula Skirt

Need: Green tissue paper, yarn, stapler

Directions: For a hula skirt, layer 3-4 sheets of green tissue paper and cut it into strips up to about 1.5 in. from the top. Fold that "margin" over a piece of yarn and staple it all around the skirt. The skirt is then tied around the child's waist.

Seashell Necklace

Need: Paper, shell clip art, crayons/markers, hole punch, yarn, oak tag

Directions: Reproduce 5 different types of seashells on paper. They could be a
starfish, scallop, sand dollar, etc... Make them about 2 1/2 inches wide. Color them and cut them out. Glue them to oak tag. Take a hole punch and at the top of the shell, punch 2 holes about 1" apart. Take some yarn and string through one hole and then through the other. Push the shells close together on the yarn and tie in the back.

Sand Bottles

Need: Soda bottles, funnel, sand, water, blue food coloring, shell pieces, wood, plastic jewels, hot glue (adult only)

Directions: Save some soda bottles and the lids. Using a funnel, fill bottle about 1/3 full of sand. Add water and a few drops of blue food coloring. Add your broken
shells, pieces of wood and maybe even some plastic jewelry treasure. Hot glue the lid on the bottle and let the kids shake them up and let them settle.

Paper Weight

Need: Jar lid, Glue, sand, shells

Directions: You will need deep lids like off of jars and glue. Put a layer of sand on inside bottom of lid. Arrange shells and such on top of sand. Pour glue on top of
everything. Let dry. Glue will turn clear when dry. When it is finished you will have a lovely paperweight.



Ocean In a Bottle

Need:   Bottles (peanut butter jars, baby food jars, etc.), Sand, Sea Creatures, Rocks Water

Directions: Let your children put sand and small rocks in a bottle. Then have them add small plastic sea creatures and grass (seaweed) Finally have them add water and salt. This makes a cute and fun "Ocean In A Bottle." Note: Super glue the lids shut so your children can not open them

Idea: Add sand to your paint (it adds great textures).

Ocean Animal Stain Glass

Need: Contact Paper or Waxed Paper, Tissue Paper or Construction Paper, Googly Eyes, Yarn

Directions:  Give the kids the contact paper (or glue and wax paper) cut out as a sea creature. Then Let your kids make their own stain glass creature. After they have dried hang them in the window to make a beautiful stained glass look..

3D Sea Creatures

Need:  Poster Boar, Tissue Paper, Googly Eyes, Yarn, Paint, Glitter, Cotton Balls or Cutup Paper

Directions:  Give each child a cutout of some creature. Let them decorate the creature however they want (hint: for cool gills use glue and sprinkle glue on it). Then connect the two halves, stuffing them with the cotton balls. Makes a great 3D fish.

Finger Paint Sea Creatures

Need:  Contact Paper, Tissue Paper, Googly Eyes, Yarn, Glitter, Finger Paint, Sponge (For Sponge Paints)

Directions:  Cut out the construction paper in the shape of a creature and give all of your kids a cutout. Let them use all of the above materials to create their own creatures. Idea: Cheerios make a great suction cup look on starfish.

Wax Paper Sea

Need:  Wax Paper, Construction Paper, Paint

Directions:  Have your children paint their wax paper like the sea (blue and green paint). Then have them cut out different sea creature's shapes from the paper and stick them on the wax paper (the creatures will stick to the paint as it dries).

Paper Plate Aquarium

Need:  Tissue Paper, Googly Eyes, Yarn, Paint, Glitter, Paper Plates or Clean Meat Trays, Plastic Wrap

Directions:  Give the kids a paper plate (or meat tray) and have them create an aquarium scene on the top side of the plate. Then over that plate tape a second plate (or meat tray) that you have cut out a hole at the top (can cover with Plastic wrap). This makes it look like your looking into an aquarium.

Bubble Sea Creatures

Need:  Bubbles, Paper

Directions:  Have your children cut out a sea creature shape from paper. Then give them bubbles colored several different colors (food coloring works but can stain clothes). Have them blow these bubbles onto their creature cutouts. This creates really neat designs. Idea: To make shiny crabs (or other creatures) add cornstarch to your paint.

Rainbow Fish

(After reading: Rainbow Fish Book)

Need:  Poster Board or Construction Paper, Tissue Paper, Googly Eyes, Aluminum Foil (For Shiny Gills), Paint, Glitter, Cotton Balls or Cut-Up Paper, Glue

Directions:  First Read the Book and then let your kids design their own rainbow fish. Idea: Let your children paint with rubber worms attached to fishing line!

Under The Sea

Need:  Paper, Glue, Sand, Saran Wrap

Directions:  Have you children create a sea scene by spreading glue on the bottom of the paper and sprinkling sand on it. Next, they can cut out different sea creatures and attach them to the paper. Finally, cover the paper with blue Saran Wrap to make it look like it is under water. Idea: sponge painting sea creatures creates a neat ocean look.

Sea Urchin

Need:  Play Dough (Make your own in the recipes section), Tooth Picks, Paint or color the play dough

Directions:  Talk about Sea Urchins and show your kids pictures of sea urchins, Then let them create their own sea urchins using the above materials.

Idea: Have children use crushed Cornflakes or cornmeal to paint on starfish to make a realistic feel

Shaken Confetti Fish

Need:  Paper, Glue

Directions:  Have all of your children rip up small pieces of paper and put them in a garbage bag. Then have then cut out a sea animal shape. Next, have them cover the shape with glue. Finally, they can put the animal (with glue still wet) in the garbage bag and shake it. The confetti will stick to the glue. Idea: Painting with bubble wrap makes great suckers on starfish.

Paper Plate Fishbowl

Need:  Tissue Paper, Googly Eyes, Yarn, Paint, Glitter, Paper Plates, Plastic Wrap

Directions:  Cut off the top of a paper plate to make it look like a fishbowl. Have them create an aquarium scene on the bottom of the plate. Then have them cut out fish shapes and attach to the bowl.  Idea: Make a paper mache sea creature

Decorative Shells

Need:  Large Pasta Shells, Paint

Directions:  Give your children large pasta shells (the bigger the better) then have them paint them any way that they want. Explain to your children that no two shells are the same just like their shell creations are all different.  Idea: While your children's sea paintings are drying sprinkle salt on them. When it dries it will create neat patterns in the paint.

Hand Octopus

Need:  Paper, Googly Eyes, Finger Paints

Directions:  Let the kids put finger paint all over their hands (in any combination that they wish) then have them put a hand print on the paper. Next have them put another hand print overlapping the last but pointing in the opposite direction. The base of the hand creates the body of the octopus. The fingers make the tentacles.  Idea: Have your children paint with seashells, dry seaweed, dry kelp, dry starfish, etc.

Sandpaper Creatures

Need:  Paper, Sand Paper, Googly Eyes, Crayons, Iron

Directions:  Cut out the sand paper creatures in the shape of various sea creatures. Let the kids color the sea creatures (The more times they go over an area or harder they press the better). Then put the sand paper face first on another piece of paper. Go over the paper with a warm Iron. This will create a neat picture on the paper.

Paper Plate Jellyfish

Need:  Paper Plates, Tissue paper

Directions:  Cut paper plate in half and cover plate with glue (colored a color of a jellyfish). Add googly eyes and strips of tissue paper (same color as glue) for tentacles.

Paper Bag Fish

Need:  Paper Lunch Bag, Paint, Tape, Yarn

Directions:  Give each of your children a paper lunch bag, Have them paint the bottom third of the bag. Next fold the bottom of the bag to form a point (tape it). Tie the open ends of the bag together and with yarn. Now your children can add a fish face and you have a cute fist.

Make a beach scene 

Need: Baby food jar w/ lid, sand, pebbles, and shells

Directions: A fun way to make a beach scene is to fill a baby food jar with sand. Arrange pebbles, shells, and put a lid on it. The lid can be sprayed gold. Pasta shells can be used to represent real shells.

Beach art activity

Need: Plaster of Paris, sand, shells, Styrofoam bowl, and a drink umbrella

Directions: Take plaster of Paris and add sand and put it into a Styrofoam bowl. Then had the children put shells on the top before it set and add a paper umbrella (the kind in drinks). It looks just like the beach on some exotic island.

Sea shell Candles

Need: Half-pint size milk cartons (rinsed out and dried), Paraffin wax melted over a double boiler at low temp. (One pound will fill approx. 4-1/2 pint size cartons), Grease or no- stick cooking spray, Small sea shell, Ice cubes, Small birthday candles

Directions: Open the to of the milk cartons to form rectangular boxes. Grease or spray inside of cartons. Fill the cartons with the following five layers: shells, ice, shells, ice, and shells. Place a birthday candle in the center of the carton with wick exposed (shells and ice will hold it in place) Slowly pour melted paraffin wax into each carton until the wax is approx. 1/8 inch from the exposed wick. Allow to cool completely, even overnight. Tear away carton. (NOTE there will be water spillage due to trapped water in the carton, so complete this step over a sink or outside) Display the candles.

Ocean Pictures

Need: Gold fish crackers, gummy sharks, tissue papers, blue construction paper, Glue, water

Directions: First, ask the students draw as many sea animals they can think on a construction paper. Second, cut tissue paper in stripes as seaweed and use glue water to glue them on the paper. Third, use gold fish crackers, gummy sharks to decorate the picture.

Beach Scene

Need: Baby food Jars, sand, pebbles, shells, twigs, gold paint

Directions: A fun way to make a beach scene is to fill a baby food jar with sand. Arrange pebbles, shells, and twigs on top and put a lid on it. The lid can be sprayed gold. Pasta shells can be used to represent real shells.

Ocean Hear and Draw

Need: Ocean sound tape, crayons, and paper

Directions: Play a recording of a nature (ocean tape). How does it make you feel? What sounds do you hear? Give the children crayons to color with as they listen.

Sand Castles

Need: Sand Dough, 1 cup cornstarch, 2 cups fine sand, 1 1/2 cups cold water

Directions: Mix in an old pan. Stir 5 - 10 minutes over medium heat until thick. Cool, then store in a plastic bag or container until ready to use. This should yield enough for 4 -6 children. Make Sand Castles the children can take home with Sand
Dough. Give each child a small amount of the sand dough on a paper plate and an assortment of small shells, stones, beads, straws, anything to decorate their castle. These will dry hard is left to set for a few days.

Sand Shakes

Need: Construction paper, glue, sand

Directions: You can use this art project to reinforce lessons in writing letters or numbers. Help each child drip glue on paper to make letters, numbers, or a design; sprinkle sand over paper and shake off excess.

Shell Monsters 

Need: Shells, glue, tempera paint, paint brushes, newspaper
Directions: Spread the newspaper out on a table. Glue shells together to form monsters or other creatures. Let glue dry then paint creatures.

Sand art 

Need: Construction paper, paint, glue, sand

Directions: Cut a fish shape out of construction paper (different shades of green) and the children painted designs on them with white glue. They then poured colored sand on the glue where they wanted a specific color, one color at a time, so I could reuse the excess. I hung them all on the bulletin board (all 57) and it looked like a "school" of fish. I put the sand in paper cups a little at a time to avoid waste and it was easier for the children to handle.

Fun & Games

Shark Tooth Hunt

Put several shark teeth (fake or real) in your sand table. Let your children sift through the sand and find the teeth.

Sponge Animals

Cut starfish and fist shapes out of sponges. Let your children play with these in your water table.

Balloon Fish

Fill balloons with water. Draw on fins, mouths, etc. Let your children play with these in the water table. For an added effect add fishnets and let your children try to catch the fish.

Who has the Ocean Creature?

Cut out several pictures of different ocean creatures. Pull the names of the creatures out of a hat. The person that has that creature stands up. The last child sitting wins!

Dive Under the Ocean

Put several plastic ocean creatures under a sheet. Call out a child's name and say "(Child's Name) dive under the ocean" then have that child go under the sheet and retrieve an ocean creature. When they have their creature have them tell the class what it is (or if they're too young you can tell them).



Feed the Shark

Draw a large shark face on a piece of poster board or the side of a box. Cut a hole out where the shark's mouth would be and add paper teeth (make it at least twice the size of the beanbag). Tape the board to a chair and let each of your children take three tries to feed the shark (by throwing a beanbag into the shark's mouth).

Fish, Fish, Shark!

Just like duck, duck, goose!

Octopus

Put your children into groups of four. Have them try to make an octopus with waving tentacles. This is a great activity, they can use their arms or legs as tentacles, while working to stay together as one group.

Hidden Treasure

Get a small bucket or trough and fill it partially with water, fill this trough with seaweed or other sea vegetation. Hide small treasures on the bottom of the trough and let your children search for these items. Warning: This is very messy and fun!


How Long is a Whale

Ask your kids how long they think the largest creature in the world is. Then get a long rope (about 100 feet) and have them unwind it. They will be amazed at how long a blue whale is. Next ask them how many of their lengths it would take to make a blue whale (You can actually do this if you have the time)

Beach Towel Day

Let the children bring in a beach blanket during beach week. They can take naps on them are sit on them during activity time.

Fish in a Boat

Cut the styrofoam containers used to hold hotdogs (like you get at a carnival, or baseball game or fast food place with a hot dog to go) and cut the top and bottom apart. This created two "boats". Next I cut out simple fish from all different colors of construction paper and gave one fish of each color to each child along with a boat. We spread the fish on the floor and sang this chant: "Fishy fishy, in the sea, jump in to my boat for me! Fishy, fishy in the sea, what color fish will you be?" Next I called a color and they had to find that fish and put it in their boat. We had a lot of fun with this and reviewed our colors at the same time!



Beach Party

Have your children wear their swimsuits one day and have a beach party complete with beach balls, volleyball (over a short net or no net at all), Frisbee's, etc.

Seashell Imprints

Give each of your children some play-dough and let them explore making imprints with different ocean items (seashells, starfish, sea horse shapes, etc)

Sea Shell Sort and Match

Cut a variety of seashell shapes, colors, and sizes from paper. Your children can do various things with these:
*  Sort them by color
*  Sort them by shape
*  Sequence them from smallest to largest
*  Match them by shape
*  Match them by color
*  Match them by size
*  Hide them around the room and search for them



Seafood Limbo

Have your children play limbo by acting like different sea animals. (i.e.: wiggle like a fish, walk like a crab, slide like an eel, etc.)

Go Fish

Create a fishing pole using a stick and a piece of yarn with a magnet tied to the end. Write different prizes on paper and tape them to magnets. Have your children try to catch the prizes.

Shadow Play

Have your children cut out different sea creature shapes. Then have them paint them any way that they want. Finally, hang up a sheet in front of an overhead projector, turn off the lights, and let your children act out scenes with shadow fish. Note: Play sea music while your children act out their scenes.

Octopus Tentacle Match

Make a large round octopus head. Then put different numbers of dots, letters, or stickers around the head. Put corresponding dots, letters, or stickers on tentacles. Have your children match the tentacles to the correct spot on the head.

Charlie Over the Ocean

Have one child close their eyes and then select a shape from a shape poster. Then all of your children chant:

(Child's Name) over the ocean, (Child's Name) over the sea.
(Child's Name) over the ocean, find a shape for me.
Then the child guesses a shape. And the class responds
"Yes (No) it is (isn't) a _______".

Pass the Fish

Have the children sit in a circle and pass around a toy fish while the whole class chants

"Who caught a fish in the big blue sea?"
(Student Holding Fish's Name) caught a fish in the big blue sea!
Student Holding Fish's Name says, "Who me?"
The Class says, "Yes, you!" Student says, "Couldn't be!"
Class replies, "Then who?" Then start passing the fish again.

Fish in the ocean

Have one (or several children) be the shark. The rest of your children must try to cross the ocean (a set space that you specify) and not get eaten (tagged) by the shark. If they get caught then they join the shark to try to catch more fish. Keep playing until everyone is sharks.

Crab Walk Race
In an open area, place your hands (fingers facing away from you) and your feet should be flat on the floor.  Crawl backwards.  See who can win.  You can do this with only one person and it is still a lot of fun.



Math, Science & Sensory

Sea Habitat

Put things that exist in a sea habitat (sand, small shells, smooth stones, seaweed, etc) in a small box for your children to look at.

Sea Water

Show your children seawater by brining in ocean water or adding salt to lake water.

Difference in Water Types

Have two bowls of water. One saltwater and one fresh let your children taste and smell the different waters. Then let them float different items in the different waters. (Items that will not float in regular water will float in salt water) Finally, put two small amount in the freezer and check on them every couple of hours (the salt water will freeze slower)

Marine Animal

Place several different pictures of marine animals in an area. Talk to your children about the animals habitat, what they eat, etc.

How Long is a Whale

Ask your kids how long they think the largest creature in the world is. Then get a long rope (about 100 feet) and have them unwind it. They will be amazed at how long a blue whale is. Next ask them how many of their lengths it would take to make a blue whale (You can actually do this if you have the time)

Why they Live where they live

Talk to your children how some animals live near the top of the ocean where the water is warmer (fish, etc) while others live lower where it is cooler (whales, etc) Then show them that hot water rises by filling a clear container with cold water. Next add blue hot water (dye with blue food coloring) The hot blue water will rise to the top of the pitcher

Oil and Water

Talk to your children about the travesties when oil was spilt into the ocean. Then show them how oil floats on water by pouring water into a pan and then pouring oil on top of it.

Magnified Shells and Sand

Place several shells and sand along with a magnifying glass in an area of your classroom. Your children will love getting to see the patterns and makeup of these items.

Salt and Freshwater Animals

Make a salt water solution and dye it with food coloring. Fill the jar half full of salt solution and then slowly pour plain tap water on top of the solution. The salt water will stay at the bottom of the solution because it is heavier. Release a couple of small brine shrimp (check a pet store) and a goldfish into the solution. The shrimp will go to the seawater bottom while the goldfish will stay at the top (freshwater).

Dry Seaweed

Put seaweed (purchase from the grocery store) in your water table. This makes the area smell like the sea. The seaweed also feels like the real thing.

Waves in a Bottle

Fill a plastic soda bottle half way with blue died water. Next fill the remainder of the bottle with oil Now your children can make waves by tilting the bottle.

Aquarium

Put an Aquarium in your room full of fish. Children love to watch the fish swim around. Hint: Don't use ocean animals, as they are much harder to take care of.



Literacy

House for Hermit Crab, By Eric Carle
Hermit the crab outgrows his shell and finds a new one that is a good size, but too plain-looking for him. As he goes on his way, he meets six sea creatures that he asks to live with him.

Mister Seahorse, by Eric Carle
After Mrs. Seahorse deposits her eggs in his pouch, Mr. Seahorse drifts gently through the sea, meeting five other fish fathers who participate in prenatal care.

Big Al, by Andrew Clements
Big Al is a fish who wants a friend. But, although he is kind and gentle, his scary appearance frightens all of the other fish away.

Blue Sea, by Robert Kalan
Little fish swims in the blue sea with big fish, bigger fish, and biggest fish. Along the way, little fish swims through coral, boats, and nets. Is little fish able to get away from big, bigger, and biggest fish?

Somewhere in the Ocean, by Jennifer Ward & T.J. Marsh
Set to the tune "Over in the Meadow", this catchy counting story travels to the depths of the ocean discovering manatees, sea turtles, tiger sharks and many other ocean dwelling creatures.

Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Swimmy is a fast black fish who finds himself alone after his brothers and sisters are swallowed by a tuna fish. Swimmy is happy when he meets new friends however, they are afraid of the dangers of the sea especially the big fish.

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
This scaled down version of the enchanting tale of rainbow fish with glittering scales teaches us all an important lesson in life: That even though we all may have special gifts and talents, the only way to truly appreciated these gifts is to share them with others.



Puppets

Undersea Puppets
Here are some suggestions for sea creature puppets, you can make and use with your children while reading stories or singing songs. They are also great for encouraging your children to make up their own stories and songs.

Octopus Puppet – Use a paper half circle for a body and draw on eyes. Glue or tape eight ribbon pieces hanging down from the straight edge for arms, and add a craft stick handle.

Sea star Puppet – Cut a sea star shape out of paper. Using a marker, add a face and cover the shape with dot “spines”. For a handle, tape on a plastic straw.

Oyster Puppet – Paint a hinged, burger carton gray (add a drop of dishwashing liquid to help the paint stick). Draw on a face and glue a small plastic-foam ball inside for a pearl.



Writing

Ocean Writing

Finger Painting Letters

Give your children plain pieces of finger painting paper.  Place a dollop of blue paint in the middle of each paper.  Have children finger paint with the blue paint.  Show them how to create a clean slate by pushing the side of their hand across their papers.  Then have them draw letters or words on their papers.



Dramatic Play & More

Bulletin Board Idea: Seaweed

Need:  2 or 3 inch wide green ribbon and a ribbon shredder.

Directions: I used this idea in two ways.  On my bulletin board I put blue paper. Then I run a strip of the ribbon from the top to the bottom for length. Before I attached it, I shredded sections of it leaving about a three inch gap between each section.  Attach it to your bulletin board.  As you do your art projects associated with the ocean you can mount them on this bulletin board with part of the fish, lobster, whale etc. nestled amongst the seaweed.

If you make aquariums, or fish pictures, you can cut two or three inch long pieces of the ribbon and shred it.  Then divide into one inch sections and provide as a selection for the kids to use on their pictures.

Dramatic Play: Lunch at the Beach

This early childhood dramatic play activity focuses on social learning experiences, creative thinking, and expressive and receptive language skills.

Need:  Props related to beach activities; beach towels, hats, sunglasses, picnic baskets, dishes, a beach ball and sand toys.

Ask children if they have ever been to the beach and what they did there.  Show pictures or magazine photos of people at the beach and ask what do they think the people in the pictures are doing? Share the beach props and encourage children to talk about them by asking, "Who knows what this is?  What could you do with it?"  Allow children time to touch and explore each items.

In the dramatic play corner spread out the beach towels and props and silently observe how the preschool children use the materials.  If the children need help getting started you might ask, "What things can we pack to go on our picnic?  What foods would you want to prepare or take?  The children may want to extend the activity into another area (block area etc.) to have their beach picnic.  The children might want to move the sand table to their picnic site. This is a great indoor activity to try on a rainy summer's day.  On a warm day this activity is terrific outdoors.

Seashell Sand

Add seashells to your sand table for a great beach feel.

Diving Fish

Take a clear two-liter bottle and draw sea shapes (seaweed, waves, etc) on the outside of it with a permanent marker. Fill the bottle mostly full with water. Next add about a 1/4-cup of white vinegar and 1 Teaspoon of baking soda to the bottle. Drop a small handful of raisins into the bottle. And then watch. The raisins will collect bubbles all around them from the vinegar and baking soda chemical reaction this will cause them to float to the top. Once the reaction calms back down they will sink back down and then form more bubbles (causing them to rise again!) This will repeat for up to a half-hour. This is so fun! My kids just loved it.

Beach Party

Have your children wear their swimsuits one day and have a beach party complete with beach balls, volleyball (over a short net or no net at all), Frisbee's, etc.

Octopus Wind Sock

Cut the end out of a paper bag. Next have your children paint the bag and decorate it as an octopus. Have them attach eight streamers (tentacles) to the end of the bag. On the other end of the bag punch two holes (reinforce with tape and then punch) and put yarn through it. Your children can now hang up the Octopus windsock outside a window and watch the wind blow through it.

Seafood Restaurant

In your dramatic play area set up a seafood restaurant complete with menus, plastic food, and play money. They can pretend to be waiters and waitresses. Remind your children to order healthy food.

Under the Sea Room

Create an under the sea feel in your room by weaving crepe paper streamers in sea colors (aqua, and darker green) through fishing line strung near the ceiling. When the fans, heat, or air conditioner is on it causes the streamers to wave and look like you are under the sea. You can accomplish a similar effect by just hanging streamers directly from the roof of the classroom. You can also hang pictures of different sea creatures from the ceiling to complete the effect.

Fishing Net

For a neat sensory activity hang a fishing net on one wall of your classroom

Ocean Area

Create an ocean area by putting as many ocean items as you can in the area. Some ideas are:
*                                                               Fishing Nets
*                                                               Sharks jaws/teeth
*                                                               Dried seahorses
*                                                               Seaweed
*                                                               Shells
*                                                               Sponges
*                                                               Starfish

Cardboard Submarine

Build a submarine by attaching several boxes and making small doors for your children to go from box to box.

Pirates

Talk about pirates and then put pirate hats and eye patches in your dramatic play area and let your children pretend to be pirates. For added emphasis bury things in your sand table and have your children search for the treasure

Aquarium Stage

Paint a box to look like an ocean scene (seaweed, coral, etc.). Attach fish cutouts to strings. Have your children dangle these over the top of the box and act out different things.

Fish Puppets

Staple two large paper plates together (where the eating surfaces are facing) leaving an unstapled place large enough for a hand. Staple two small plates to each side of this opening (each plate is stapled to only one plate) Cut out a wedge from each of the small plates (to make this look like a tail) and curve them outward. Now let your children stick their hand through the fishes tail and use it as a puppet. Note: You can also let them decorate these anyway that they want.

What a Catch Bulletin Board

Attach your children's pictures and fish cut outs to a net with the heading "What a Catch"

Our Little Ocean

Create an underwater environment on your bulletin board (blue water, brown sand, and seaweed). Then have your children make different sea creatures (fish, octopus, jelly fist, starfish, crabs, etc.) and put them on the board. Title the board something like "Our Little Ocean," "Our Underwater Zoo," "Under the Sea," etc

Ocean Bag

Add blue hair gel (or toothpaste), small beads, and foam fish to a Zip-Loc bag. Close the bag and put it into a second bag. Super glue and tape the second bag shut. Now your children can play with this ocean bag.!

Under the Sea Bulletin Board

Cover a bulletin board with blue cellophane to make it appear to be under the sea.

Beach Trip Dramatic Play Area

Use a small cooler and put everything that you would need for a trip to the beach:
* Beach Towels
* Sun Glasses
* Swim Suits
* Sand Toys
* Soda Bottles (Empty)
* Kite

Fish Taste Test

Get as many different types of fish as you can and let your children taste a small portion of them. Note: check for any religious beliefs or allergies that may conflict with this activity.

Ocean World

Have your children paint several clear drop cloths with sea animal pictures. Then create an ocean 'room' in your classroom by hanging these cloths. Put as much ocean material in this room as you can (shells, fish aquarium, etc)

Ocean World II

Block off a separate ocean area in your room by using cardboard car windshield covers with a beach scene. Put as much ocean material in this room as you can (shells, fish aquarium, etc)

Seaweed Taste Test

Go to a health food or ethnic grocery store and buy different types of seaweed. Let your children taste the different types of seaweed

Bulletin Board Backdrop

Get a sheet and let your children spray colored water in it (water dyed with food coloring in spray bottles) Some good sea colors to use are green, blue, purple. Let them spray the sheet until they get bored. Once it is dried this makes a wonderful tie-dyed sea effect.



Fun with Food


Sand Dollars

Spread peanut butter on round crackers. Sprinkle "sand" (actually Parmesan cheese and wheat germ) on top.

Beach snack

A neat Beach theme Idea is to make some blue Jell-o and put some on each child's plate. Also put graham cracker crumbs on the other side of the plate (for the beach) have some gummy fish, sharks etc... lifesavers , peanuts for sunbathers etc and let the kids create their own beach scene that they can then eat.

Mermaid Potion

Freeze ice cubes made with water and one drop of blue food coloring per cube.
Use warm water to prepare powdered lemonade drink mix and add one 12 oz. can of warm lemon lime soda pop. Add 8 drops of yellow food coloring to the lemonade/soda pop mix. Pour lemonade/soda pop mix into a clear plastic glass and drop in one or two blue ice cubes and stir.

Ocean Eats

Use a graham cracker cover with blue icing and put gold fish crackers and gummy sharks on it!

Banana Boat Salad

Need: Bananas, jam or jelly, cottage cheese, lettuce, and cherries.

Peel a banana and use a plastic knife to cut the banana in half lengthwise. Place the banana on the lettuce leaves in a bowl. Top it with cottage cheese, jam, and a cherry.

Sailboat Sandwiches

These clever snacks, filled with tuna and topped with a Cheddar cheese sail, carry on the seaside theme.

Need: Crescent dinner rolls, Tuna salad, Cheddar cheese, Toothpicks

Slice the tops off the rolls and hollow them out. Fill the rolls with the tuna salad or any other filling. Slice the cheese into rectangles about 1/2 inch thick and cut the rectangles on the diagonal to make triangles. Insert a toothpick into each triangle to make little sails.

Ocean Blue Vanilla Milkshakes

Need: (for each milkshake) 3/4 c vanilla ice cream, blue food coloring, 1/4 c 2% milk, ice cream scoop, tall plastic container for mixing ,big spoon small, clear drinking glasses drinking straws (this would be a good time to use fishy straws)

For each milkshake, place 2 or 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream in you tall plastic container. Let the ice cream sit in your plastic container for about 10 minutes at room
temp. Next, have the children put 1 or 2 drops of blue food coloring into the ice cream and then pour in about one quarter cup of milk. Have the kids use a big spoon to gently stir all of the ingredients together. You may need to add a little more ice cream or a bit more milk, depending on the consistency of your milk shake. Pour your milkshake into a small, clear, drinking glass.

Beach Cups

Using a see-thru plastic cups, layer with vanilla pudding w/ a few drops of blue food color, enough to make it a light sky blue. Mix in some gummy fish/ sharks. Next layer is the "sand", made of crushed Nilla wafers. Layer pudding again and follow with another layer of "sand", top off with an umbrella stick.

Beach Walk Snack

Pretend that you are walking on the beach and these are the things you find! In a large plastic bag or bowl, mix together the following:

« pretzels (driftwood)

« fish-shape crackers

« chocolate chips (beach pebbles)

« chow mein noodles (seaweed)

« cereal (life preservers)

« bits of dried fruit (shells and coral)

« Place a handful of the seaside Mixture in little baggies for each child.

Island Cookies

Need: refrigerated sugar cookie and chocolate cookie dough, blue dye

In the sugar dough, add blue food dye. Make sugar cookies on baking sheet as usual. Press a small ball of chocolate cookie dough into center of blue sugar dough. Bake as usual. It will look like a chocolate cookie island on the blue ocean cookie!

Ocean Waves.

Tint white frosting with blue food coloring and spread it onto cupcakes. Place gummy fish or other gummy sea creatures on top of the blue “ocean waves”.

Sea in a Cup
Make blueberry jello in clear cups. When jello is just partially set add gummy fish.

Fishing For a Snack

For each child, fill a small cup with goldfish crackers. Supply pretzel rods for fishing poles and peanut butter to put on the ends to use as bait to snag the fish.

Octopus Hotdogs!

This is kind of hard for preschoolers to do on their own but with a little help and guidance, they can do it...especially the first few cuts...

Give your child a plastic knife and show her/him how to slice through the hot dog starting at one end and stopping about an inch and a half from the other end...it will look kind of like one of those old time clothes pins when you spread the two pieces apart.  Cut each of those pieces into two by making another slice the same way making sure you always stop before getting to the other end.  Cut those four into eight and you now have the legs of the octopus.  The inch and a half that was not cut is the head and you can make a couple of slits in the hot dog to represent eyes and another to make a smile.  Boil the hot dog in water until the legs curl and the smile opens a bit.  This octopus will sit up on a plate and smile!

Sea Creature Cookies

Make cookies in the shape of sea creatures (fish, star fish, sea horses, etc)





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