Here is a collection of ocean themed books that we found at the library. I tried to stay with "ocean" instead of "beach" because we had done the latter during our first beach theme and our second beach theme! The kids really enjoyed all of these, particularly the following: I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean, Spiny Sea Star, I Saw the Sea and the Sea Saw Me and Swimmy. They requested them over and over at bedtime during the weeks we had these. We also read a couple from our own collection, such as Pout Pout Fish and The Snail and the Whale. Love those!
Stencil + Sand Art
I came across this fun idea from Gift of Curiosity. We had tons of leftover colored sand after Honey Pot's Peter Pan birthday party, where we bottled Pixie Dust. So I pulled out our wonderful ocean stencils and taped them onto contact paper, which lay sticky side up on blue construction paper. Then the kids scooped and poured the sand onto them.
When they were completely covered, they patted it down with their hands. Then I dumped off the excess sand, and peeled off the stencil.
The kids had so much fun. I set up another paper and stencil for each of them. Here is round two...
Here are Honey Pot's first two creations:
And here are Little M&M's first two:
They probably could have done this all afternoon. They wanted more, so I set up two more for each of them.
Here are their last ones:
Beautiful result! Our sand had glitter in it, from the pixie dust craft. And it really made them sparkle!
This worksheet comes from 3 Boys and a Dog. Honey Pot likes practicing her scissor skills.
I revisited the idea of symmetry, which was introduced during our butterfly unit, by asking Honey Pot to draw the other side of the star fish and sea turtle.
Drawing with Stencils
We cleaned the sand off of our stencils from earlier this week and used them another way. Here is Honey Pot using the stencils with markers.
And then Little M&M wanted to give it a try!
He really was getting the hang of it! He'd hold his stencil steady and move his marker through the holes. Great start to pre-writing!
And he was so happy with his drawing.
Shape Whale Puzzle
This comes from Moms Have Questions Too. I like this type of puzzle for Little M&M because it suits his attention span and he can finish it. Honey Pot likes the full pattern block puzzles though.
Inspired by the same site as the printable above, I created a color match activity for Little M&M. He flew through this!
So pleased with himself... :)
What is Missing? Game
I have been meaning to try this with Honey Pot. I gathered the sea creatures from Little M&M's previous activity and lined them up.
Then while Honey Pot was closing her eyes, I removed one.
She had to remember what was there, and tell me which one was missing.
She loved this game and wanted to do it again and again! I eventually made it extra challenging by rearranging and moving the four remaining items together.
Scooping and Pouring Activity
Just a simple fine motor activity for Little M&M. We used the fish ice cube tray from Honey Pot's Little Mermaid birthday party.
This idea comes from No Time for Flashcards. We used light pink cupcake liners from my stash, and the kids colored them with pink markers.
Here is little M&M gluing the googly eyes onto his.
Then helping to tape his tentacles (strips of crepe paper and ribbon) onto the back of his cupcake liner.
Then Honey Pot did the same, but by herself.
Then she glued hers onto construction paper...
And added the googly eyes.
Ta-da! Here is Little M&M's:
And Honey Pot's. She had written her name at the top too, so excuse the blue block!
Roll and Cover
I found this for free at Teachers Pay Teachers. We used our seashells, also from Honey Pot's Little Mermaid Party. First the kids each colored their octopus.
Then they would take turns rolling the dice. Honey Pot counted up her total, found that number, and covered it up. For Little M&M's turn he rolled the dice, and then I just pointed to where it was on his paper. They had such fun!
We love our Under the Sea jigsaw puzzle from Melissa and Doug. Such a good size for Honey Pot's current level, at 24 pieces. And Little M&M would do well too, when I prompted him with questions. For example, "Could you find a piece with the purple octopus on it?" This was a good cooperative activity for them.
I know this is a little above Honey Pot, but I wanted to just introduce her to the five world oceans. Sheppard Software has wonderful interactive games available for all levels. I narrowed it down to just oceans instead of continents, at the tutorial level, which just said aloud the names of each as you scrolled over them and clicked the mouse. Plus, in this day and age, a little computer practice is so necessary. We also identified where we live on the map.
We play with sand often throughout the summer, so I didn't bother with that for our unit. Instead I filled the water table with water, tinted it blue with food coloring, and added our seashells. Each of the kids added some sea creature toys as well, for some imaginative play.
They had fun pulling out the seashells to compare and contrast them. They described their shapes, different colors and even some of the textures.
Here is Little M&M pouring some shells down the slide.
They each did a lot of scooping and pouring!
Honey Pot even inspected a few up close.
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