Who carried you before you were born? Who carries you now? Daddy seahorse carries the baby eggs before they hatch. Draw a number card and count out that many baby seahorse cards to put in the daddy’s pocket.Triangle shape manipulatives and mats – included in the Ocean Commotion kit Dolphin Drawings
We made dolphin drawings with directions from this book: I Can Draw Animals (Usborne Playtime Series)Colored ocean scene pages (from Michael’s) What Am I? books – I Can Read! books included in the Mother Goose Time curriculum every month. Love them! Sneaky Sharks: Making triangle-shaped shark fins! Our school of sharks! The Ocean Commotion CD includes instrumental songs. The Sneaky Shark is an excellent instrumental song for playing with the shark fins we made. Hatching Sea Turtles basic concepts game Handprint crabs – we’ve made these before – see directions here 5 Cranky Crabs Flannel board Story – this activity was presented by my practicum student Submarine window collages – these turned out so neat! (we did not use the cellophane provided to put over the window opening. Tip – hot glue heavier items onto the project last.) Big Dive Stories
This is an excellent literacy activity for preschoolers. We want to focus on what they can do, not make them worry about what they can’t so I had them choose a photo card of the ocean animal “they saw when they went on an ocean dive”. Then I drew the picture and they colored it. A couple were able to draw their own picture. Then I wrote down what they said about that animal.
Read this one:
I want to dive down into the ocean and see a nice shark. He won’t bite me. He will kiss me! (A, almost 4 years)Octopus Windsock – goes with #8 and letter Oo, two of our basic concepts for the month. X-Ray Fish – very fun X-Ray fish for letter Xx! Paper Plate Rainbow Fish – a literacy & art lesson planned/presented by my practicum student Coral Reef – Sea Fan Coral Stencils – painting with stencils and a sponge resulted in beautiful sea fan coral! Coral reefs are some of the mostly colorful ecosystems in the world. Corals grow in different shapes depending on the species. Some look like trees, brains, fans or even honeycombs. Counting down to my vacation to the beach!
As you can see, we enjoyed some wonderful learning experiences throughout the month of April with Mother Goose Time’s Ocean Commotion theme!
We’re never disappointed and it’s amazing to look back and see all that we’ve accomplished!