Tot-School Oceans

We decided to have some ocean fun since we are planning a trip to the Pacific Coast this summer for my brother’s wedding.  T didn’t like how loud the ocean was, but enjoyed playing in the sand.  We had fun with sea creatures, crafts, and snacks.

Ocean Book List

  • Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae
  • Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert
  • Baby Donald’s Day at the Beach by The Walt Disney Company
  • Oscar Otter’s Colors by Maurice Pledger
  • Baby Beluga by Raffi
  • At the Seaside by Jenny Millington
  • What do you See in the Sea? By Little Green Footprints
  • 1 2 3 Beach by Puck
  • Max at the Seashore by Kate PopeLittle White Fish by Guido van Genechten
  • Little White Fish by Guido van Grenechten

Ocean Song

FIVE LITTLE FISHES

Five little fishes (hold up 5 fingers)

Swimming in the sea (put hands together and move back and forth like a fish)

Teasing Mr. Shark (put hands on each side of face and wiggle fingers)

You can’t catch me

Along comes Mr. Shark

As quiet as can be… (put finger to lips)

SNAP! (clap hands)

Four little fishes (hold up 4 fingers)

Swimming in the sea (put hands together and move back and forth like a fish)

etc… 

Ocean Tot-Tubs Tot-Tub #1 (top left) Ocean Coloring

I gave T some fun ocean coloring pages and some crayons and markers to use.IMG_3088

Tot-Tub #2 (top right) Whirlin Twirlin Sea Turtle

I gave T his Whirlin Twirlin Turtle with the roll-a-round balls to play with.  He has finally mastered pushing down his head to make the balls spin.  He also likes to push the turtle around on the floor.IMG_3022

Tot-Tub #3 (middle) Ocean Animals

We went through the Ty Beanie Baby animals to find all of the ocean animals.  We talked about each one and the color that they were.  Then I put them in the Tot-Tub for T to play “ocean” with.

Tot-Tub #4 (bottom left) Ocean Lacing Cards

I found these ocean lacing cards at the Dollar Tree.  T hasn’t quite mastered lacing them all the way yet, he just puts the string in and out of a few of the holes then he’s done.IMG_3028

Tot-Tub #5 (bottom right) Sea Shells

I got out our sea shells and put them into an organizing container.  T could sort them by size or color, but mostly he just liked to look at them.IMG_3026 IMG_3027

Sandpaper Starfish

Materials:

  • sandpaper
  • blue paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • glitter
  • googly eyes

Directions:

  1. cut some starfish shapes out of sandpaper
  2. cover the front of your starfish in glue and sprinkle your starfish with glitterIMG_3703
  3. glue starfish on some blue construction paperIMG_3704
  4. glue on some googly eyes and put on a glitter glue smileIMG_3705 IMG_3707

Goldfish Crackers Snack

I gave T some colorful goldfish crackers to sort and eat.IMG_3042

Animals of the Sea

I printed out the Animals of the Sea Layer Book for T to color.  We reviewed his colors for this project.  I asked him what color he wanted to color the Jellyfish and we used that color, then we did the Lobster, and so on.IMG_3618

Ocean Toys

I found these ocean toys with different sea creatures in them. T liked the way he could squeeze them.IMG_3023

Snickerdoodle Sand Dollars

Materials:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Almond Slices
  • Straw

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and eggs thoroughly in a large bowl.
  3. Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
  4. Blend dry ingredients into butter mixture.
  5. Chill dough, and chill an ungreased cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes in the fridge.
  6. Meanwhile, mix 3 tablespoons sugar, and 3 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl.
  7. Roll 1 inch globs of dough into balls and roll them in the sugar/ cinnamon mixture (sand).
  8. Coat by gently rolling balls of dough in the sugar mixture.
  9. Then flatten the balls out on a greased cookie sheet.
  10. Use the almond slices to form the star shape on the sand dollar.
  11. Use the straw to poke out 5 holes in the sand dollar.
  12. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. And repoke the holes while they are still warm.IMG_3702 

Sack Whale Craft

Materials:

  • Lunch Sack
  • Newspaper
  • Yarn
  • Paint
  • Googly Eyes
  • Markers

Directions:

  1. Stuff the sack with crumpled up newspaper.IMG_3098
  2. Tie a piece of yarn around the open end, spread the end out to look like a tail.
  3. Paint the whale gray, blue or black (T insisted on having a white whale so I guess his is a Beluga).IMG_3101
  4. Let the whale dry completely. 
  5. Glue on the googly eyes and draw a smile with a marker.IMG_3103 IMG_3104

Crab Prints

Materials:

  • Paper

  • Red Paint

  • Paper Plate

  • Google Eyes

Directions:

  1. Pour the red paint onto the paper plate.
  2. Dip palm of your hand and 4 fingers into the paint and place it on the paper facing the edge, then do it again placing the palm of your hand on top of your previous palm print, but facing the 4 fingers in the opposite direction.
  3. Use your finger tip to add the feed onto each leg.
  4. Add google eyes to your crab, and let it dry.IMG_3622

Shell Snack

I found these Snack Well’s cookie snacks that were shaped like sea shells.  And they were delicious too!

Paper Plate Fish

Read:  The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Materials:

  • Paper Plate
  • Tissue Paper Squares
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush

Directions:

  1. Cut a triangle out of one side of the plate for the fishes mouth and glue it to the other side of the palate for the fishes tail.
  2. Mix a little water in with some glue and pour it onto the fish.  Spread it with a paintbrush and then stick the tissue paper squares to the fish.
  3. Let it dry and then cut the extra tissue paper off that is sticking out from around the plate.IMG_3034
  4. Use your marker to add a fish eye.IMG_3044
Sea Shell Play

I gave T a jar of sea shells and he played with them in the sand by the play ground.IMG_3668 IMG_3670

Jellyfish Lunch

Materials:

  • Hot Dogs
  • Spaghetti Noodles
  • Boiling Water

Directions:

  1. Cut hot dogs into 1 inch sections.
  2. Break spaghetti noodles in half and stick them into one side of the hot dogs.
  3. Boil them for about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Eat with ketchup or spaghetti sauce.IMG_3159 IMG_3160

Bubble Fish

Materials:

  • Bubbles
  • Food Coloring
  • Fish Outline

Directions:

  1. Mix a few drops of food coloring in the bubbles (we used red).
  2. Blow bubbles onto the fish.IMG_3089
  3. Let it dry and add an eye and mouth, then cut it out.

Sand Dollar Symmetry

Discuss: Like other echinoderms, sand dollars have fivefold radial symmetry. They also have a front and back symmetry line.

Materials:

  • 2 Paper Plates

  • Cotton Balls

  • Glue

  • Dry Beans

  • Hot Glue

Directions:

  1. Glue the cotton balls onto one of the paper plates. IMG_3695
  2. Sandwich the 2 plates together with the cotton in between them. IMG_3696
  3. Hot glue the circles together.IMG_3697
  4. Glue on a star shape of dry beans. (remember 5 symmetrical points)IMG_3699 IMG_3701

Flip Flop Cookies

Materials:

  • Nutter Butter Cookies

  • Blue Frosting

  • Plastic Baggie

Directions:

  1. Put the frosting into the baggie and twist the top closed. Clip a tiny piece off the corner of the baggie.
  2. Make a half circle with the frosting on one end of the nutter butter, then do another half circle opposite the first one on the same half of the nutter butter.IMG_3640 IMG_3643

The Beach

We had to fly to the coast for a wedding last week so we spent a day at the beach.  At first T was afraid of the loud waves and the cold water, but then he saw the bubbles (sea foam) and played a little.Ocean Study -Dad (8)_edited-1 Ocean Study -Dad (6)_edited-1 Ocean Study -Dad (5)_edited-1 Ocean Study -Dad (3)_edited-1 IMG_3405

Ocean Lapbook

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