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1.  Fish
2. Ocean & Sea Creatures (Sea Turtle, Shark, Seashell)
SongMermaids & Mermen Song
Jennifer B. helps youngster develop singing skills as they sing this song to the tune of  I'm A Little Teapot.
I'm a little mermaid, 
See my tail.
My friends are the dolphins 
And so are the whales.

I live in the ocean so big and blue.
I love to swim,
With the little fishes too.

I'm a little mermen 
Strong and brave.
See my big tail.
I can make it wave.

I live in the ocean 
So big and blue.
I love to play with the little fishes too.

Literacy: "Mermaid Story" A Lesson on Friendship
With this story Diane R. teaches children about friendship and that it's more fun if we all play together.

Description: Have all the children come to circle time.  Tell them that you 
would like to tell them a special story. 

Once upon a time there was a mermaid named _______.
(Pick the name of one of your children).
She was very happy living in the ocean, but for one thing.
Poor  _____ the mermaid had no one to play with.

One day as she was swimming she came across 3 fish.
The fish were named ____,  _____, & _______.
(3 more children from your class).
_____, _____, & _______  fishes were swimming around,
playing a game of tag.  It looked like so much fun that 
 _____ the mermaid asked if she could play too.
The fish said, "Silly mermaid, you are not a fish. Go away. Go away."

This made ____ the mermaid very sad.
But she kept on swimming until she saw 3 sea horses. 
The sea horses' names were ____, _____, & _____.
(3 more children from your class).
 _____, _____, & _______ sea horses were galloping around
in the water playing hide and seek.
It looked like so much fun ______ the mermaid asked
if she could play too.
The sea horses said, "Silly mermaid, you are not a sea horse. Go away.Go away."

This made _____ the mermaid even sadder.
But she kept on swimming until she saw 3 dolphins.
The dolphins' names were ______, _______, & _______.
(3 more children from your class).
 _____, ______, & _______ dolphins were dancing around
on the  ocean floor.
It looked like so much fun _____ the mermaid asked if she could dance too.
The dolphins said, "Silly mermaid, you are not a dolphin. Go away, Go away."

________ the mermaid was so sad she swam into a cave and hid.
She started to cry & the more she cried the louder she got
until her cries carried all the way across the ocean.

The fish, sea horses, & dolphins all heard _____ the mermaid crying.
Then they realized they had hurt _____'s feelings.
So they all swam to the cave & asked  ______ the mermaid to play with them.

_____ the mermaid was so happy.  All the fishes, sea horses, & dolphins were 
happy too because when they all decided to play together they had so much fun! 
Everyone played tag.  Everyone played hide and seek and everyone danced.  Then 
they all had a party together.

After the story we sing The More We Get Together & talked about how everyone in our classroom is our friend.

The story can be changed to fit into any theme or used as a part of a friendship theme or as a lesson on diversity. 

Comments: I was having a problem with some of the children in my class telling 
the others, "You are not my friend."  Some of the children were really getting 
their feelings hurt.  The story seemed to help the situation.

art idea for color mixingAn Art Idea
Promote fine motor development and creative art expression during this activity by Lisa G.

Materials: Eye droppers, wet construction paper, different color liquid tempera paints.

 Description: Ahead of time, put several different colors of paints in shallow 
 containers and an eye dropper for each color.  Wet sheets of paper in a shallow 
 pan.  Give each child a sheet of wet paper with several layers of newspaper 
 underneath.  Have the children squeeze the eyedropper to fill with paint and 
 make droplets on their paper.
Talk about what happens when the paint reaches the wet paper.  Have them experiment with different colors.  The designs are beautiful!  I use this activity for my underwater theme.  After the paper dries I cut out different fish shapes.  They look awesome hanging from the ceiling!

Comments: Talk with the children about what happened when colors were mixed and what they think would happen if they did the same activity using dry paper.

game ideaRisa A. shares this idea for a game: Instead of "Duck, Duck, Goose"
                      play "Fish, Fish, Shark" or "Crab, 

Dramatic Play: The Beach 
Try this activity by Rebecca O. during your Ocean or Sea theme.

Materials: Goggles, beach ball, inner tube, beach chairs, picnic basket, a blue sheet, shells, sunglasses and a beach umbrella.

Description: This is great for the dramatic play area . Set up the blue sheet  to represent the ocean. Then set out all the beach goodies along with the lawn chair. Play some good beach music and you are ready to go to the beach.

Dramatic Play: "Under the Sea"
Risa A. shares this activity that helps youngster understand how dark the sea or ocean is.

Materials: Appliance box, blue paint, pictures of sea animals, creatures and plants,
a light (you could use a flashlight or I use one of those lights that use batteries and you just push it and it turns on) and double mounting squares.

Description: Actually I painted the box to save time because this was used for a 
week long camp prop.  I had magazine pictures as well as copies of pictures. Inside we mounted the light so the kids could have some extra fun, but you know how much they just love a box. One morning they took out glue sticks and decorated the box.  Then after that fun was completed they took in beach towels and goggles and had a blast.  I recommend you limit the number of children to two at a time.  Have a terrific time under the sea!

Sea Turtle
Andi M. shares this easy craft activity for Ocean and Sea Themes.

Materials: Green construction paper, small paper bowls and glue.

Description: First what you will need to do is pre cut the sea turtle's flappers, back feet, and tail from your green construction paper. Have the children glue torn pieces of green construction paper on the outside of the bowl. This will be the turtles shell. Then have them glue the flappers, head, legs, and tail in the appropriate places. Let youngsters draw their own faces and you have a Sea Turtle.

Shell & Ocean Keepsakes
Older children and their teachers create these keepsakes about the sea and ocean during this sensory activity from Linda M.

Materials: Large clam shells or a plastic shell mold (Pollo tropical has a  perfect small one or try a art & craft store), sand, plaster of paris, tiny shells, coral, sea weed, star fish etc.

 Description:
1.  Each child places sea decorations and sprinkle sand in a large shell.
2. The teacher helps by making the plaster of paris mixture.
3. Pour the plaster mixture on the sea decorations and let dry.
4. Unmold the plaster in the large shell. The tiny shells, coral etc. should be stuck out of the top of the large shell when it is unmolded.
5. Each child will have a piece of the sea to take home.

Comments: We did this in summer camp last year. We also used cocktail umbrellas 
and recreated a beach scene.

Underwater Theme Bulletin Board
The children will each help to create their own classroom "school of fish" during this pre-k and kindergarten art activity by Lisa G.

Materials: Various art materials of choice.

Description: Discuss with the children ahead of time what a 'school of fish' is and during story time read Swimmy  by Leo Leoni, it's a great book for this!

Then have the children each make their own fish, but remember to tell them the fish 
 need to all look the same (the teacher should decide on the pattern or design of 
 the fish and make one ahead of time for the children to follow as a guide). When displaying on the bulletin board, an option would be to create a shape of a  big fish (like in the story) with all the little fish.  The teacher could make a black fish for the eye.  Add seaweed, etc. and display with a caption. 
Comments: The more colorful the better!

5 Little Fish Swimming in the Sea
Youngsters practice math skills and talk about the food chain in the ocean during this early learning activity by Erin D. The children also come up with ideas about where the shark has gone.

Materials: None or teachers can make a flannel graph of this song.  Cut out 5 fish shapes and one shark shape. Teachers can also cut out other ocean items. 

Description: During circle times, transition times  or even swinging outside, 
sing the finger play with the children.

5 little fish swimming in the sea  teasing Mr. Shark, 
You can't catch me, you can't catch me.
Along comes Mr. Shark hungry as can be,
And caught a fish as you can see.
 4.....
 3....
 2....
 1....
 No more fish swimming in the sea,
Mr. Shark has left where could he be?
Comments: You could increase the language of this lesson by making a book with the children about the song.  Also allow the children to play with the ocean pieces during center time.

View the Sea
Help preschoolers to see a representation of the ocean floor right in their own classroom with this preschool education activity by Jen.

Materials: Clear bucket, coffee can, saran wrap, beach sand, shells and starfish.

Description: Fill the clear bucket about 1/4 full with beach sand add shells, starfish,
or other items found on the ocean floor.  Fill the bucket with water. Cut both ends off of the coffee can and then cover one end with saran wrap  pulling tightly and taping to the can.  Tape a protective covering, such as duct tape, around the other edge of the coffee can so there are no sharp edges to injure youngsters. The children place the coffee can into the water and get a close up view of the ocean floor.

Comments: I have used this with my toddlers and they love it!  I suggest putting the bucket on the floor for the younger ones.  They are able to see better.

ocean and sea calendarCalendar Idea
Youngsters use cognitive and math skills during this preschool curriculum idea from Lisa 

Materials: Various shapes of choice.

Description: At my school we do calendar every morning.  I use the calendar  number pieces to teach the children about something related to our theme.  For example, when we are learning about the ocean, I cut out a clown fish and sea anemone and number each one, making a pattern (2 clown fish, 2 sea anemone).  We count the days so far in the month, say our pattern and then I ask them about clown fish and sea anemone.  They love this and can't wait to see what the next month will bring!  This could be done with any theme. The possibilities are endless!

Bulletin Board: "Under the Sea"
Use this creative art activity by Kris C. to develop a bulletin board for your Ocean or Sea Theme.

Materials: Various shapes of underwater things cut out of construction paper, such as sea weed or kelp shapes, starfish, different fish shapes, rock shapes etc., sand, blue Saran Wrap, glue and white or gray construction paper.

Description: Have your children glue the shapes onto the white paper in any fashion they choose. Add glue and sand at the bottom for the ocean floor.  When they have their paper the way they want it, cut a sheet of Saran Wrap large enough to cover the entire picture and lightly glue it down (or you can use clear tape, if that is easier). And Voila! You have an instant under water scene! 

Comments: After we did this as a class, we hung the pictures very close together on the windows, for a interesting "collage Bulletin Board".  The kids loved it!

Classroom Decoration: "Under The Sea"
This idea from Karen L. enhances ocean / sea themes by making a portion of the classroom look like it is under the sea.

Materials: Blue garbage bags, tape, scissors.

Description: Teachers take each individual garbage bag and lay it flat the long way (so it looks like a long rectangle).  Cut the bag every two inches till it almost cuts through the other side (two inches from the top). Tape the bag on the ceiling every six inches or so apart so that the cut pieces hang down.  It looks just like water hanging from the ceiling and it moves like waves when  air is blown across the bags (from an open window).

Comments: What a way to add to a theme!!  Hanging these bags from the ceiling actually gives a wonderful calming effect to the children and the area that we did this in was the most popular for as long as we had it up. The children that had a difficult time at rest time, rested much easier when they were "under the sea"

summer bulletin board ideaBulletin Board Idea:  Seahorses
Preschool and kindergarten children enjoy creating these creatures by Nancy D. when learning about the animals of the sea.

Materials: A picture of a seahorse copied on different colored construction paper, glitter and glue.

Description: Preschool children use the glitter glue to decorate their seahorses in any fashion they like. Comments: These seahorses come out beautiful and make a great
bulletin board during an ocean theme.

 Dramatic Play: "River"
Create a dramatic play area in your classroom with the ideas in this early childhood education activity by Alice.

Materials: Paper, fish, boat out of cardboard box and a fishing pole.

Description: The children and I talked about what lives around the river.  We talk about what we can do at the river and we discussed safety. The children talked about what they do at the river. We also read books about water and rivers. In classroom we have life jackets and a boat made out of a card board box so they can pretend they're fishing. The children make fish out of construction paper. We put paper clip on them and a magnet on the fishing pole. Since we have a rocking boat for outside, we pretend that we are fishing at the river and sometimes camping. Then we go into camping 
after this.

Comments: The children love doing this theme. They learn a lot and share ideas with their parents.

Prepare a "Fishing Game"
Preschool children use fine motor skills and eye hand coordination to hold poles and manipulate them to catch fish during this activity by Karly F.

Materials: Poles: Chop sticks, hot glue, shoe laces and magnets.
Fish: Heavy paper, markers to decorate the fish, clear contact paper and
paper clips. A box painted blue.

Description: Teachers tie the shoe laces onto the chops sticks and then hot glue them for extra staying strength. Hot glue a magnet to the bottom.  Children cut out fish or ocean life shapes and color them.  Use clear contact or laminate them before putting paper clips on the end.  Paint a box blue to use as an ocean, and to keep the activity in one place.  Have fun fishing!

Outdoor: "Ocean Chalk Animals"
Marion suggests this outdoor activity for your Ocean Theme.

Materials: Sidewalk chalk and a large flat outside surface.

Description: For our preschools ocean unit I use sidewalk chalk and draw a whale (90 ft) on the parking lot.  Beneath the whale I draw a shark (15 ft) and on our way to the playground the children get to step 'inside' the animals.  Big surprise how huge the whale is and how small the shark.  How many children fit inside the whale? Inside the shark?  If it doesn't rain it lasts several days and we give the children chalk and let them color in the animals.

an ocean craft activityShark Puppets
During Ocean Week, pre-school and kindergarten children make shark puppets with this early childhood activity by Sandra O.

Materials: Business size envelopes, crayons or markers, scissors and clear tape.

Description:
1.  Seal the envelope.  Help the child cut a triangle from one of
     the envelope's short edges to make a mouth.
2.  To make the shark's fin, tape the triangle piece to the top
     of the envelope.
3.  Trim off the edge of the envelope that is opposite the mouth.
     This will make an opening for the child's hand.
4.  The children can decorate their sharks by drawing eyes,
     stripes, and sharp teeth.

fish songFish Song
Jaelle shares two action songs for a water theme.

I'm a Little Fishy
(to the tune of im a little tea pot )
I'm a little fishy I can swim,
Here is my tail and here is my fin.
When I want to go out for a swim,
I wiggle my fins and I dive in.
For nursery rhymes and finger plays about fish, frogs, ducks and turtles take a look at Animal Rhymes.

Fish Net
Patricia F. offers this activity saying, "Teach children the way we get food from the sea".

Materials: Sturdy paper plates, hair net, assortment of dried sea life (starfish, sea horses, small crab shells, sea shells, even gummy fish work), masking tape and glue.

Description: Take paper plates and glue items to the plate. Then take a hair net and place over the plate and tape it down on the back. Talk to the children about how fishermen throw their nets over the boats to catch fish and other sea life for us to use.

Dramatic Play: Sailboat
Provide youngsters with this dramatic play experience from Lynn P. by creating a sailboat in your classroom.

Materials: Large block of wood with hole in it, a long piece of plastic tubing, duck tape and a sheet.

Description: Teachers can get the tubing at a local plumbing supply store.  Get a large piece of wood, 12" x 6" by 6", from a local lumber yard or from a nursery (landscaping timber pieces work well).  Drill a hole large enough to insert the tubing in place.  Duck tape the tubing to something on your ceiling (a cross piece of dropped ceiling), we had a ceiling fan.  Tie a knot in two of  the corners of a twin sized sheet.  Then tie the other two corners together into a larger knot.  Secure the two small knotted sides to the pole.  Spread out the "sail" and tape it to the side of cabinet. Beware, some duck tape can leave residual adhesive.
I then outlined the boat shape with carpet tape and included two chairs.  I would have preferred to obtain some boxes and cut them into pieces without tops or bottoms and used them as sides for the boat.

Science:  Absorption
Preschool children observe the difference between absorbent paper and shiny paper. Pam suggests a preliminary discussion about what is waterproof and what isn't.

Materials: Absorbent paper towel, cartridge paper, edicaol dye, paint brush or eye dropper, spray bottle with water and dark card for mounting .

Description: As a science activity as part of rain or water theme. First discuss with children and show them waterproof materials. Cut out maple leaf shapes (or raindrops or the like) from the absorbent paper, and also from the non-absorbent paper. Next,
children drip color onto their leaves and are asked to observe and predict which one the color will soak through. When dry mount on dark card.
Comments: Children rather like this activity and can become fairly absorbed in it!

ocean and sea art activityA Sail by the Shore
Encourage creative and fine motor skills with this sandy art project by Priscilla Y.

 Materials: A picture of a sailboat on construction paper, sand, blue tempera 
 paint, paintbrush, glue, and makers.

Description: Let each child paint the picture of the sailboat, tell them to leave the water and the sand uncolored.  Once they've colored the boats, let them put glue on the sand area.  Then sprinkle sand over the glue abundantly and let dry. Next, let the the youngsters paint the water blue.  Let the picture dry and put up for display.

art activitySparkle Fish
Promote creativity and fine motor skills during this art activity by Angela.

Materials: Colored sequins, glitter, construction paper, glue and child safety scissors.

Description: In advance, cut out shapes of fish, or let the children draw their own fish and cut them out. Have the children glue sequins and glitter to the fish to make them sparkle. Tie fishing line to the fish and hang them from the ceiling to give the room an "Under the Sea" look.

During story time read The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. For more picture books take a look at Preschool Books Listed by Themes

Water: Wave Machines
Help preschoolers discover the properties of water and observe oceanic life with this activity by Lisa P.

Materials: 2 liter bottles (1 per child), cooking oil, water, blue food coloring, rubber cement, laminated ocean life pictures to put inside.

Description: Teachers give each child a bottle to fill with water. Put drops of blue food coloring in each bottle.  Fill each bottle with water and take to a creative table.  Have materials for children todrop into their wave machine. e.g.; sparkles, beads, pasta, seashells, sequins and sand.

An adult covers the caps with cement glue and screws on the lid tightly.  Put in the sun to dry for a day.  Children take their wave machinesoutside to watch how it catches the sun, or they can take it home to play with.
Extensions: Play ocean music to enhance the environment for children to listen to.  Make a smaller version to play catch with outside.  Examine seaweed, seashells, sand, pearls, sand, lobster claws at the science table.

Salt Water Painting
To enhance children's small muscle skills and encourage them to enjoy the process of creative artwork try this early childhood activityby Suzann B.

Materials: Paintbrushes, cups, water, food coloring, salt, and paper.

Description: Teachers add food coloring to cups half filled with water. Add a few tablespoons of salt to each cup and stir.  Ask the childrento paint with the brushes onto either white or colored paper. Comments: This form of painting is a lot of fun for the kids.  I always use it when we are studying the oceans and ocean animals.  The "paint" dries and the salt makes the paper sparkly in a very natural way. The paintings always turn out to be so beautiful!

Science: Fresh Water vs.Saltwater
Crystal shares this early childhood activity saying, "It's a sensory and discovery experiment to teach some of the differences between fresh water and saltwater.

Materials: Saltwater, freshwater and a small cup for each child.

Description: During circle time teachers set a cup of fresh water
and a cup of saltwater next to each child and ask if he or she can
tell which is one is the saltwater.

Give each child a small amount of saltwater to taste and talk about
why it's different from the freshwater.  Ask them to give their
opinion on the taste of the saltwater.  Some of their reactions might
surprise you!
Comments: The kids loved it they talked about how it tasted most of the day.  Some of them actually asked for more.  It is a great sensory experience, especially for children who don't have many opportunities to go to the beach and taste the  sea for themselves.

paper mache activityPaper Mâché  Fish
Kindergarten children use fine motor control and creative skills during this art project by Sandra V.

Materials: Paper mâche, glue, old newspapers cut in small stripes, small balloons, paint, silk paper and little plastic eyes.

Description: First, you blow the balloons. Then, put a first line of glue and paper. Wait till it's dry then do another one (you'll have to put three or four layers). When it's dry and hard, take a needle and push through to pop the balloon. Paint the body of the fish with bright colors then use silk paper to do the fins and the tail. Glue two plastic eyes to add realism. These are great if you attach them on the ceiling behind a sea picture. Comments: This is a long project, but worth the time.

ocean animals and paper machePaper Mâché Ocean Animals
Kindergarten and first grade children identify various ocean animals and use paper mâche mixture to create their favorite animal/s that live in the ocean during this art project by Shelli A.

Materials: Pictures of various ocean animals, stories of ocean animals, newspaper, water, elmer's glue and tempera paint.

Description: This would be a  nice activity to wrap up a unit on Ocean Animals and Sea Life. At the end of the unit, recap with the children all that they have learned about sea life and the various animals that live in the ocean. On a large piece of chart paper put the title "Our Favorite Ocean Animals."  Have each child share with the class what their favorite ocean creature is and why. After all of the children have had a chance to share, ask them to draw pictures of their favorite animals. After the pictures have been drawn, tell the children that they will now begin the process of making sculptures of their favorite animals. 

Begin the Paper Mâché Process: Each child helps to strip the newspaper. Soak newspaper overnight in water. Strain newspaper and mash together with Elmer's glue. The children love helping in this process. After the paper mâche mixture has been made, children can begin sculpting their favorite ocean animals. Allow animals to dry for 2 -3 days, then paint with tempera paint. Help children to label their animals and display throughout the room.

Comments: I have done this activity with 4 - 5 year old children. I think it would also be appropriate for 6 and 7 year olds.

Fingerplay:  Five Little Seashells
Hold up five fingers, and swish each one down with the other hand.

Five little seashells lying on the shore
Swish went the waves, and then there were four.
Four little seashells, pretty as could be
Swish went the waves, and then there were three.
Three little seashells all pearly new
Swish went the waves, and then there were two.
Two little seashells shining in the sun
Swish went the waves, and then there was one.
One little seashell left all alone
I picked it up, and I took it home.

Seashells
During this early childhood lesson plan by Ann, preschool and kindergarten children become familiar with various types of seashells.

Materials: A collection of large, medium and small seashells.

Description: Put out a large collection of seashells for the children to examine and explore.  Ask the youngsters to sort the seashells into groups of small, medium and large shells.  They can also be sortedby color, shape, texture (rough or smooth).

Next, put some shells in the water table along with a mild detergent and a scrub brush and let the children wash the seashells.

Finally, put out a chart, poster or book of seashells, and encourage the children to match up the seashells they have to the seashells in the pictures.

Painted Sea Shells Paper Weights
Toddlers and young children use fine motor and creative skills when painting sea shells, to sit on mom's or dad's desk, during this sea activity by Patricia S.

Materials: Palm size sea shells, paint and glitter.

Description: Encourage children to paint shells and while still wet shake glitter on them.
Comments: These make pretty paper weights if you use heavy shells. We collected shells from the beach.

Sandy Sea Stars
Promote early learning about textures during this sensory activity by Patricia S., for toddlers and young children.

Materials: Picture of starfish, colored sand (can be made by adding food color to clean sand), glue and paper plates.

Description: Make your star fish the size of the paper plate so it can be glued onto it. Cover starfish in glue then add colored sand. When dried the starfish will have a sandy texture. Using different colors make for a very colorful display of stars.

Starfish
Priscilla Y. contributes this ocean activity saying, "The objective is to learn different textures and to imagine what a starfish feels like".

Materials: White construction paper (with a picture of a starfish), sand,  child safety scissors, a long piece of blue glossy wrapping paper (to act as the water) and finger paint.

Description: You will need to mix the finger paint and sand together.  Give each child a picture of a starfish.  To grasp the feel of the different textures this project can be done with the hands.  Tell each child to paint their starfish with their finger paint and sand mixture. When the starfish dries let the kids cut out their picture. Apply tape to the back of the picture and let them put up their blue paper.  Let the children put their starfish on the paper.
Optional: They can decorate with seaweed (cut green construction paper) and draw little bubbles from the starfish.

Oceans in a Bottle
Kris C. shares this science experience as a soothing tool to use with behaviorally challenged young children.

Materials:
A liter pop (soda) bottle (empty and rinsed out),  baby oil, water, blue food coloring.

Description:
Fill the empty pop bottle 2/3 of the way with water.  Add about a cup of baby oil, give or take.  I never actually measured it!  Add two or three drops of the food coloring, or 'til you get the shade of blue you want.  Be careful not to make it too dark.  Tightly secure the lid to the bottle.  I suggest you glue it on, or secure with duct tape.  The baby oil will separate from the blue water and if you gently rock the bottle, it looks like waves.

The kids think this is great and it is very calming for kids with ADD or ADHD.Comments: Add silver glitter to the bottle or tiny plastic fish.

Squishy Ocean 
This sensory activity by Susan promotes fine motor skills.

Materials: A ziplock bag for each child, blue hair gel, artificial leaves  (seaweed), small plastic fishing tackle (in the shape of little octopus, fish, crawfish, etc.) and silver glitter. Joanne suggests including gummy fish.

Description: Have the children fill their ziplock bag with blue hair gel, 1/3 way.  Then add a spoonful of silver glitter.  Allow the children to choose about 4 leaves and 5 tackle pieces to put in. Close up the ziplock bag (tight), and give to the children to squish, squish, squish!  This makes a great sensory activity that the children can take home, and it looks cute too!

Create a  "Fish Tank"
Gail P. uses this activity for the letter F and for an Ocean Theme. 

Materials: Ozarka water bottle, aquarium rocks, plastic fish, glitter, blue food coloring and string.

Description: Before school: Hot glue string (4 inches) with fish hanging from it to the inside of the lid.  In class: Put 1/2 cup of aquarium rocks in the water bottle. Next, fill it with water and let students count the "drops" of blue food coloring.  Let the children put in some glitter.  You could also put in a small plastic plant.

Cooking: Fish Bowl
Create a fish bowl that's fun to eat during this cooking activity by Tamara.

Ingredients:
Blueberry Jell-O 
1/3 cold water
1 cup of hot water
Gummy fish, big and small
Grapes
Blueberries

Description: Get a fish bowl.  Add a layer of blue Jell-O, then add grapes, then add the blueberries and then add the gummy fish. Repeat this until it  reaches the top of bowl.  Once complete shine a flash light on to the bowl to  see the underwater adventure.  Eat it when you want.

Comments: This was excellent and the children loved this idea.  I received this idea off the Rosie Show!

Cool Cooking: Edible Oceans
Young children use the sense of touch when learning about the ocean and have a treat during this preschool activity by Rachel H.

Materials: Ziploc sandwich bags (the kind that securely close), blue Jell-O, ocean gummy animals and spoons.

Description: Pour blue Jell-O into a ziploc bag and let set. Then give each child an "ocean" that they can populate with their own sharks, fish, etc.  Close and squish around askingthe children how it feels making their fish swim.  Give out spoons and eat!

ocean art activityOcean Diorama
Preschool and kindergarten children create an "ocean scene" to display the types of ocean life they've learned about in this early childhood activity plan by Lisa G.

Materials: Shoe box, shoe box top or styrofoam meat tray, blue cellophane and items for the diorama:
    easter grass for seaweed
    gummy sharks, goldfish crackers, etc.
    cutouts of starfish, sea horses, octopi, jellyfish, etc.
    real shells, or cutouts and glue.

Description: Kids can assemble their diorama in the box or tray. The teacher will cover them with blue cellophane.  All done, each is unique and special.

Extension: You can also make a Blue Jell-O Ocean in a clear plastic cup.  Make quick set blue Jell-O, spoon it into the cup.  Add a few gummy sharks and enjoy!  We made individual ones in the plastic cups for the children to take home.  We also made a big one, that we devoured, in a small fishbowl.

Crayon Resist: Ocean Fun
 C. I. offers this activity saying, "The children are amazed when they see what happens when they paint over the crayons!"

Materials: White construction paper, white crayons, multi colored crayons, blue paint (watered down a little is best) and aquarium rocks.

Description: Draw some pictures on a piece of white construction paper of an ocean scene with multi colored crayons. Include white crayon drawings of fish. The children paint over the whole piece of paper and are really surprised that the fish show up.  After it dries, let them glue the rocks to the bottom for the ocean bed.

Flamingos
Patricia S. suggests that teachers help children create these birds that you might see at the beach.

Materials: Clip art program or picture of flamingo, heavy pink paper (card stock), yellow paper, tape or glue and yarn.

Description: Print picture on paper then cut out the body and neck. Make fan folded strips for legs and add yellow feet. Tape or glue to body then hang from the ceiling.

Comments: More prep work is needed for the younger ones, these turn out really cute.

ocean craft activityOllie Oyster
To help develop fine motor skills Diane suggests this preschool activity.

Materials: Scissors, glue, felt, small amount of sand, wiggly eyes, old imitation pearls or beads, washable paint & brush, blue dividersthat fresh fruit such as apples, pears and oranges are delivered in (separate items in shipping boxes).

Description: Teacher will need to cut the blue cardboard in strips, 2 oyster shapes connected for each child.  Paint outside and inside of cardboard, let dry.  Fold in half and crease like an oyster shell, glue felt on bottom half with a small amount of sand and a pearl on top offelt. Add wiggly eyes on outside.
Comments: Pre-cut shapes from dividers before project. Don't show a finished project to children.

art and craft activityPenguin
With this pre-school activity from Sylvia V. youngsters make a craft during their study of the ocean.

Materials: Top of egg carton, black paint, orange construction paper, white constriction paper, plastic eyes.

Description: Paint egg carton black and let dry.  Cut out a large white oval shape to cover lower half of egg carton, which makes the penguins tummy.Use black oval shapes for wings and glue to left and rights sides of egg carton.

Windy Sea
Create a wind sock with sea animals on it during the preschool activity by Nancy E.

Materials: Brown paper 2" x 18", blue and green crepe paper, yarn, scissors, hole puncher, colored markers, glue and sea animal patterns.

Description: Staple the strip into a circle. Punch holes opposite of each other on the circle. Color and cut out eight sea animals, shells and starfish, (laminating will make the project more durable for outside hanging). Glue green and blue strips of different lengths (ocean waves) to the inside of  the circle. Staple the animals to the strips (like they are swimming in the sea) and put yarn or thin rope through the holes in the circle and hang to enjoy.

Comments: Fun for the children to run outside with these in their hands. 

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