Sea Life: Week 2
Today starts Week 2 of our SEA LIFE monthly theme. Last week we had a ton of fun learning about the sea and spent some time discovering some sea creatures, such as the octopus, star fish, dolphin and, particularly, the seahorse. This week we will shift gears a bit and learn about the beach. I hoped to save this week's books and activities until closer to our big California trip, however, the books I requested from our local library for this week didn't arrive on time, so I had to adapt to what we had and switch things around a bit. I am sure the girls won't notice one bit, and although I was bummed at first, I have let it go :-)
Many of the activities this week will carry over from last week and will continue throughout the month (See SEA LIFE: Week 1 for additional MOTOR SKILLS, MUSIC CONNECTION, and SENSORY SKILLS activities). I was changing things around every week at first, but found the girls were not really mastering the activities. Additionally, I found myself overloaded with all the prep work this required and the amount of finances needed for all the materials.
Again, as the week progresses, I will be posting pictures of us living out the plans below.
“The sea is His, for He made it. And His hands formed the dry land.” Psalm 95:5
(Corresponds with a great song from cd, Songs for Samplings- ABC)
LETTER OF THE MONTH: S
· S is for sand.(using a bottle of glue have your tot squeeze out a design and sprinkle it with sand.)
· S is for sandcastle. (See Crafty Corner activity below)
· S is for sun. (See Math Connection activity below.)
ART ACTIVITY: Fish Watercolor
What you will need for this activity:
• White Construction Paper
• White Crayon
• Blue Watercolor or water and blue food coloring
• Paint Brush
1. Draw fish and waves on the white construction paper with a white crayon.
2. Have your tot paint the paper with blue watercolor so the fish appear.
The girls had a great time this morning painting their fish watercolor. I didn't have watercolor paint, so I used washable acrylic paint and added a good amount of water to it to thin it way out. The girls giggled with excitement as images of the sea life appeared "mysteriously" as they painted. It was amusing to watch. Leila ended up getting fed up with the waiting process of painting over her whole picture and decided to just dump the watered down paint onto her picture and spread it out with her hands from there. Good thing I opted for the WASHABLE paint! Yikes! It was all in good fun though.
After they finished this project, they begged for another. I pulled out a new activity, finger-paint in a bag. They had fun pushing the paint around and asked me to draw shapes, letters and fish for them. They got a little bit silly at the end and played a quick game of tug-a-war with the tablecloth while helping clean up. Leila won, as you can see! :-)
CRAFTY CORNER: Sandcastle Craft
What you will need:
· Paper towel/toilet paper rolls
· cardboard box
· Cut toilet paper rolls into various shapes
· Have your tot place glue over the cut rolls
· Sprinkle with sand
· Let dry.
· Have your tot arrange the sand covered rolls in a cardboard box to create a sand castle.
· Help your tot glue the rolls in place.
After a few rainy days, we finally got some sun on Thursday. I was hopeful because as excited as I was for our sand projects, I wasn't so excited to do them in the house. We laid the "project" tablecloth out on the back patio and got busy. I had cut paper towel rolls in different sizes. The girls took turns rolling the rolls on the plate with glue and then on the plate with sand. They worked together really well, surprising me with how well they shared the plates.
After we finished covering all the rolls in sand, we went inside for snack. The hot sun dried the glue quickly. Post-snack we went outside and used the sand covered rolls to create "sandcastle" structures.
MATH CONNECTION: Shape Sorting Sun Activity (see picture above)
For this activity you will need:
· Yellow circle
· Small yellow triangles
· A half sheet of construction paper with the outline of a sun drawn out
· Black marker
· Have your tot match the cut up shapes onto the drawing of a sun.
· Glue the shapes and help your tot arrange them correctly to create a colorful sun.
FOOD FUN: Goin’ Fishing!
For this activity you will need:
Have the children put their crackers on the table or in a bowl. Dip a pretzel rod in the peanut
butter, then “fish” for goldfish. Count how many you pick up, talk about why they “stuck” to
the peanut butter, How many did your friend pick up, etc.