We also played with play dough and sea creatures.
Today we took a dive into the deep blue ocean! We pretended to be a scuba diver and explored what was under the sea. We made a diver's mask and flippers from cutouts, elastic and cellophane. Scuba divers must wear gear including a mask, flippers, oxygen tank and wetsuit to protect and allow them to breathe underwater. Some scuba divers explore underwater for fun while others scuba dive for research.
We also played with play dough and sea creatures.
We wrapped up our week of small sea creatures. Many small creatures live in the ocean. Despite being small, these sea creatures serve a purpose in the ocean. Microscopic plants and animals called plankton are very important for the ocean because they are food to many larger animals.
Sea Stars are invertebrates, meaning they do not have a back bone. They have hard, bumpy skin that protects them from predators. Sea starts have five arms that can wrap around their prey and squeeze it. Sea stars can be a variety of colors. A sea star may lose one of its arms, but it can grow back. We created our own bumpy sea stars using pearl stickers and a sea star cut out. The younger kids used q-tips and paint.
Rainbow fish are small and live in tropical waters. The older they get, the more colorful they are. They usually swim together in a school. Of course, we read the book Rainbow Fish! The kids created their own rainbow fish using paper, sequins, foil, markers and glue. The younger kids used tissue paper and foil!
Seahorses are small fish that breathe through gills. They have tiny, spiny plates on their bodies and their heads resembles a horse. The female lays her eggs in the male seahorse's pouch. The daddy seahorse carries the eggs in a pouch on his stomach before they hatch. Seahorses have small fins that propel them forward in the water.
We created our own seahorses today using seahorse template, yarn, glue, marker and sequins. The younger kids used tissue paper.
We counted seahorses. Each child was encouraged to choose an envelope and identify the number. They counted out the number of seahorses written on the envelope and put the seahorses in the envelope. We also played a memory game with ocean cards!
We enjoyed more Colorado sunshine today as well!
Despite their name, jellyfish are considered plankton, not fish. They have no bones, and do not have a brain or heart. These umbrella like sea creatures are translucent and have tentacles that can sting. Jellyfish use their tentacles to sting their prey. We made jellyfish hats out of a shower cap and curly ribbon! We also made a cute little jellyfish using crepe paper and curly ribbon.
The older kids worked together to cut the curly ribbon for the jellyfish hats!
X-ray fish are very small and have transparent skin. You can see their bones through their skin. They eat worms, insects and small crustaceans. Today we painted an x-ray fish. We used, paint, straws, triangles and paper.
We also enjoyed the park and a picnic!
This week we learned about large sea creatures. The oceans are filled with large and wondrous animals. These animals differ in shape and behavior.
Sea turtles are members of the reptile family. They lay their eggs in the sand. Sea turtles have a large shell on their back to help protect them. They are great swimmers and can swim far distances.
The children were given a soufflé cup, foam dot stickers, paper, markers and glue. They were encouraged to make their own sea turtle. They were not given any specific instructions. It was great to hear them talk about what they were drawing. Love seeing their creative minds at work!
Sharks are considered fish because they are cold-blooded. They don't have bones; instead they have cartilage that makes up their skeleton. They have a great sense of smell. Sharks eat seals, fish, and dolphins. Sharks lose and regrow many teeth over a lifetime.
Small fish can protect themselves from large predators by swimming together in a group called a "school." Fish will travel together because there is safety in numbers. During this Invitation to Create, children designed their own traveling school of fish using confetti and paper. They shared stories about their fish and any nearby predators. Some put fish in the sharks belly!
We played a shark teeth game. Each child took turns flicking the spinner and would identify the number. Then they would count out that many shell "teeth" and stick them in the play dough.
Whales are large marine animals. They breathe air in and out through a blowhole. Whales are mammals and have lungs like humans. They often make "whale songs" to communicate with each other. Whales are the largest animals on Earth.
We painted a whale and attached a straw and tissue paper for the "blowhole". The children were encouraged to use the straw to blow paint across the whale. They discovered this was much harder than just blowing a pom pom across the table! The younger children glued tissue paper on their whales.
We also colored a W coloring sheet and added whale bubbles with a pom pom, clothes pin and blue paint.
One of my favorite things to see is how much each child has developed since the beginning of the school year. This is just one sample of progress! Of course, we can't see side by side comparison for the social and emotional development but I am lucky enough to observe this daily with each of these children!