Ok, I went WAY overboard with the amount of books that I had on hand for the kids and parents to read! You can find my list here. There are so many children’s books available on the topic “Under the Sea.” We started out by reading The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen. I recently bought the hard-cover of this book for $5 (yeah!!) at Kohl’s. They also have $5 stuffed animals that correspond with the books. Unfortunately, our store was out of the stuffed pout-pout fish (boo!!). After our story and song, we had our centers….
Last week, I took everyone’s pictures. This week, I had the kids match their pictures with their name tags to make themselves familiar with what their name looks like and how it is spelled. The names are all mixed-up.
I had sand for the kids to practice writing letters and numbers. I had the numbers and alphabet for the kids to reference.
I traced different shaped shells for the kids to match. Spacial recognition is an important concept for kids this age.
What belongs in the “B” bucket? The kids had to figure out what word began with “B” and put them in the bucket.
The sensory table was filled with water-filled decorative balls. They are slimy and perfect for kids to try to touch something new. I also had under the sea animals for the kids to play with.
I had a large Melissa & Doug puzzle with an ocean theme for the kids to complete. I bought this (and two more) giant puzzles at a garage sale for $1!! It wasn’t too popular because I think that is was overwhelming sitting in a pile. I have another one for our farm theme and I think that I will begin the puzzle and have the kids add a couple pieces to complete it.
I found this gem here. This blog has a ton of great printables and ideas!
I printed several fish from here and copied them onto MS Word and numbered them one – eight (now that I am thinking about it, I should have had a fish with “0” on it because zero is a hard concept for some kids to understand).
The kids had to place the correct number of bubble (glass circles from the dollar store) above the correct fish.
Habitats are an important early learning concept. To prepare the kids, I wrote “Lives On Land” on one page and “Lives in the Ocean” on another. I had several animals for the kids to sort onto the correct paper.
I also had a number line where the kids had to put the missing numbers in order.
The kids in action!
I had a worksheet station with a connect the dots found here and a Which is Different? that I found here.
I also had play-doh available for the kids to play with and manipulate.
For our craft, we made a “J is for Jellyfish” poster. I had a non-fiction book with pictures of jellyfish for the kids to reference. I had one “J”, a half of a paper plate, a piece of large paper, glue, a marker, and tons of strings available for each child. I liked this project because it combined beginning letter sounds, new vocabulary, and science.
For our snack, we had cheddar whales for the kids to enjoy!
FYI, I bought this bubble maker and loved it because I pushed a button and it filled up our basement with bubbles. However, we used it once, I brought it to class to fill our room with bubbles, and IT DIDN’T WORK! I was seriously disappointed.
We had a great time learning about the ocean and the animals that live in it! This was a great summer theme for the preschoolers.
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