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Under the Sea

Learning about the ocean is nothing but fun! It doesn’t have to be a preachy-teachy experience.  Just have a good time while getting your kids pondering about what the world’s oceans mean to all of us.

Our theme for last month was  “Under the Sea”! My son absolutely loved it!! We studied different sea animals everyday and extended the learning by adding a new work to our shelf and by making  corresponding crafts or art projects. Now he is able to identify which animals live in the sea. !!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here are some ideas that are worth trying in teaching your kids about life under the sea.

1. Discuss what an ocean looks like and talk/ read to them about animals that live in the sea. Our library includes the following titles :-

Diving colours in Hawaii, One Fish Two Fish by Dr Seuss, The Wish Fish Usbone First Reading.

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Dive Olly Dive –  Olly’s World books :- Turtle Beach, The Treasure Cave and Olly and The Whale Calf.

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2. Prepare a Sensory box – This is our Sea Life Sensory Box that has sea life creatures, plastic ocean life animals and colourful marbles.

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Whale…

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Sea turtle…

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Underwater sea plants…

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Shark…

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Lobster…

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Sea life creatures…

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3. Watch an ocean themed documentary. . Netflix has several to choose from. OK, so it’s not a documentary, but Finding Nemo is a favorite with children of all ages. We went to watch Under the Sea 3-D documentary at National Science Centre

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4. Teach your children to spell sea-themed words such as Sharks, Water, Octopus, etc. I taught him to spell “FISH” using Melissa & Doug See and Spell Puzzle/Board.

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5. I also added Fix Colours Mix n Match Peg Puzzle by Melissa & Doug to our shelf. This puzzle is just perfect for  toddlers. Small hands can easily remove each piece revealing a matching full color illustration underneath. The puzzle encourages memory, hand-eye, fine motor and creative expression skills.
 
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Under the Sea Craft

Fun Jellyfish toy using a Paper bowl and crepe paper strip

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Materials:

  • Paper bowl
  • crepe paper
  • Poster paint or watercolor
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Thin string
  • Paper clip or button
  • Wiggle eyes

Directions :

1. Punch a small hole at the center of a paper bowl using a pencil.

2. Get your kids to Paint the outside of the paper bowl with poster paint or watercolor.

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3. Allow the painted bowl to dry completely.

4. Cut string to a length of about 6 inches or more and insert the string through the hole on your paper bowl.

5. Tape the lower end of the string from inside your paper bowl. It would be even better if you can tie the end of the string onto a small object such as a paper clip or button. Glue the paper clip or button onto the bowl.

6. Cut at least 8 tissue paper or crepe paper strips to make the jellyfish tentacles.

7. Get your kids to Glue the end of a tissue paper strip onto the center of your paper bowl.

8. Let them Continue gluing the tissue paper strips from the center of your bowl to form a radial pattern.

9. Once the glue has dried, unveil your jellyfish by gently turning your paper bowl upside down and holding your jellyfish by the string.

10. Don’t forget to give markers or paint to your kids to draw a funny face and  get them to  glue on a pair of wiggle eyes.

11. Go jelly fishing by tying the string to drinking straw.

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Paper cup Shark

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Materials:

  • 2 big Styrofoam or paper cups
  • blue paint
  • Blue and white craft foam or construction paper
  • fins and teeth templates
  • scissors
  • glue
  • google eyes

Directions:

  1. Get your kids  to paint the outside of 2 Styrofoam or paper cups blue. Allow to dry.

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  1. Glue the 2 cups together mouth to mouth to make the shark’s body.
  2. Trace and cut out blue tail and dorsal fins and white shark teeth from paper or foam.
  3.  Give them glue and brush and let them glue pieces onto the body and don’t forget to glue two google eyes

Rainbow Fish

We made Rainbow fish using foam craft kit that i purchased at a flea market long time ago.

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he enjoyed sticking the colourful foam stickers.!!

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Sing a Song !!

Slippery Fish….
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If you have not heard the song before, visit this this link  :-

Hopefully these ideas will give you some inspiration to introduce life under the sea to your kids!
 
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