Letter Of The Week S s !

Seahorse S

This craft can be used for letter of the week or as part of an under the sea theme. Living by the ocean we are always finding and learning about things in the sea. Seahorses are favorites in our house and this was surprisingly easy to make !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 1-2 full size pieces of construction paper ( two if you want to mount the finished seahorse on some paper), water colors, paintbrush, some water, glue, sparkles, scissors, a googley eye and some scrap paper.
  2. Start by drawing an S on your paper, I used the seahorse on “Mister Seahorse” below as a guide, but a regular upper case S would do the trick.
  3. Hand the letter over to your child to paint with water colors.
  4. While they paint cut the scrap paper into little fin shapes, we did some triangle and some trapezoids.
  5. Set the S aside to dry and hand your child some glitter to use on the shapes. Let dry
  6. Glue the googley eye on .
  7. Glue the shapes onto the S
  8. When everything is dry cut the S out and glue onto a 2nd piece of construction paper.

Books !



” Secret Seahorse” by Stella Blackstone is a fascinating and beautiful board book. The story follows a little seahorse that hides on each page as it makes it’s way along the ocean back to it’s family. The illustrations are felt, fabric, sequins and other fun and very beautiful hand stitched creations. I am never ready for the next page because the previous has so much to look and marvel at. Kids like finding the seahorse on each page too!



“Mister Seahorse”
by Eric Carle is a story about the more involved fish fathers in the sea. Mister seahorse isn’t the only fish that takes care of his eggs until they hatch , in the book we meet other dads that do too. I didn’t realize how many people don’t like this book until I read some reviews on amazon when ordering the book a few months ago. Many parents are off put by the father fish who announces he is “babysitting” his own baby fish. It never really bugged me even though when a parent says that in real life it irks me. All the positive daddy fish outweighs that one comment for me.

Twinkle Twinkle Little

Starfish !

The inspiration for this activity came from my son’s infinite love of all things in the ocean. He was playing with one of the books listed when I asked him what he wanted to make in art and he was very clear that a we needed to make a starfish.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need some sturdy paper, I used an old grocery bag but card stock would work too. Paint, a paint brush, 5 popsicle sticks, glue and some glitter paint or sequins.
  2. Draw a big starfish. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect, mine isn’t!
  3. Have your child choose a paint color is they know their colors and paint the starfish. We only used one color but you can use as many as you wish.
  4. While the paint dries a little , grab the sticks and cover one side with sparkle paint or add the sequins. I did one stick and then let my son try , he needed some help but did pretty well. He did two all by himself!
  5. Glue the sticks on the starfish, I added the glue and let my son put the sticks on top of it.
  6. Let dry and cut out.
Books!



Commotion in the Ocean “ by Giles Andreae is a fun look at the different creatures are all cute and informative but not too long for younger children. The illustrations by David Wojtowycz are bright m endearing and I think they steal the show!

” Secret Seahorse” by Stella Blackstone is a fascinating and beautiful board book. The story follows a little seahorse that hides on each page as it makes it’s way along the ocean back to it’s family. The illustrations are felt, fabric, sequins and other fun and very beautiful hand stitched creations. I am never ready for the next page because the previous has so much to look and marvel at. Kids like finding the seahorse on each page too!

These Jelly Fish Don’t Sting!


Paper Plate
Jelly Fish!

This Jelly Fish was a BIG hit with my little guy, which surprised me because I would have thought he was too young. Of course once we finished it he pulled off all the stingers, but he had fun making it!
  1. Gather your materials. You can use regular paper, paper plates or even coffee filters for the body. We used markers to color the body, but paint, crayons or even stickers, would work just as well. I have extra gif wrap for the stingers but any paper or even ribbons would work.
  2. Decorate! Remember to let your child go to town, color as much or as little as they want. If your child is a quick finisher you can try to do the art along with them and taking your time will likely encourage them to spend more time on it too.
  3. Cut your paper plate in half.
  4. Fan fold your gift wrap or paper for the stingers. Older children can paint or color some paper and help you fold it , with younger or impatient ones I would suggest using a paper like this gift wrap that already has a pattern. Too many steps can be too challenging for little guys.
  5. Cut the folded paper in strips. Attach them to the underside of the paper plate, use glue if your little one can wait to play, tape if they can’t!
Song!


I’m a little fishy , watch me go!
I swim fast and I swim slow.
When the day is over , it’s time to sleep
I swim up high and dive down deep.



Books!



” Fish is Fish “
by Leo Lionni is a fantastic fable about a minnow and a tadpole and how friendships can endure even when the friends change.

” Don’t eat the teacher!” by Nick Ward is a silly book about a shark with a lack of self control, a good book to help teach self discipline.

” Gilbert de le Frogponde : A swamp story.”
by Jennifer Rae is a fun story about a lazy frog who outwits 2 chefs who have come to the swamp looking for a frog to cook!

There Is Something In The Water

Fancy Foam Fish

This activity isn’t just about a fancy fish, putting on the sequins one by one is great for fine tuning fine motor abilities! Although some younger preschoolers would love this , I would probably not do this with toddlers, sequins have a way of finding there way onto tongues and into mouths!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of foam sheets, a marker, scissors, glue and some sequins. If you don’t have foam sheets fear not, plain old construction paper works too.
  2. Draw an outline of a fish on one piece of foam and cut out.
  3. Lay the first fish on the second piece of foam and draw a slightly larger outline and cut it out.
  4. Make small cuts into the tail for a 3D effect, don’t cut too far or you may cut the tail off!
  5. Cut a small mouth and hole for an eye. The larger outline underneath will make it look like there is a mouth and an eye! You could also use a gooley eye instead of cutting a hole. Glue the two pieces together.
  6. Add lots of glue dots!
  7. Add your sequins!


Books!

For some great books about Fish click here !

Song!

Shark Attack!


Baby Shark
doot doot doot doot
Baby Shark
doot doot doot doot

Mama Shark
doot doot doot doot
Mama Shark
doot doot doot doot

Daddy Shark
doot doot doot doot
Daddy Shark
doot doot doot doot

Here comes a Swimmer
doot doot doot doot
Here comes a swimmer
doot doot doot doot

SHARK ATTACK
doot doot doot doot
SHARK ATTACK
doot doot doot doot

No more Swimmer
doot doot doot doot
No more Swimmer
doot doot doot doot

Thanks for Dinner
doot doot doot doot
Thanks for Dinner
doot doot doot doot


G is for Goldfish!

Fish Bowl!
This is a fun craft project that can be as simple or as complicated as you desire. I kept it simple for my 17 month old, but with older kids you could include real sand, some plants and other species too!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, a pencil, scissors, some glue, paint ( glitter paint is perfect for this) and a paint brush.
  2. Mix up some regular paint with some sparkle glitter paint. It will make the fish look like they are underwater!
  3. Draw or have your child draw some fish on a piece of construction paper, while you cut out a fish bowl . To cut it out layer 2 pieces ( one blue) of construction paper together and using a cereal bowl trace a circle , then add on a wider brim at top. Cut it out. Cut the top third of the blue paper off and make the edge look like a wave.
  4. Paint the fish.
  5. Let the fish dry. Have your child glue the water onto the fish bowl, then onto a plain piece of construction paper.
  6. When the fish are dry, cut out and glue them onto the bowl!

* Tip for sparkle paint, to save money just buy yellow. it blends into other colors well so you don’t need 5 different tubes of glitter paint !

Books!

Swimmy by Leo Lionni is a profound tale about a little fish who tragically looses his family, and is forced to face scary things alone. He soon discovers that if he and other little fish band together they have power against the big bullies in the ocean. Personally I love this author and this book is one of my favorites. Some parents have expressed concern over his family being eaten at the start , so read it for yourself before deciding if it’s right for your child.


” Baby Beluga” by Raffi is a classic children’s song cleverly illustrated into a beautiful book. I grew up on Raffi and am still shocked when moms don’t know who he is, if he is new to you go to your library and check out one of his cds! My son loves this book, there are so many sea creatures to point out, it’s great for toddlers!