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EHS Under the Sea

Updated: Jul 17, 2023

Changes to Environment

Plastic Sea Animals Sand Shovels Sand molds Sea animal water squirters Buckets Sea Animal Puppets Snorkel Mask Sun Visors Sunglasses Sea Animal Stamps Sea Animal Cookie Cutters Books about the sea Waves in a Bottle (clear plastic bottle containing water, blue food coloring, cooking oil, small plastic sea critters) Blue playdough Blue, green, tan construction paper Toy submarine Toy boats Sea shells in a bottle Green and blue crinkle paper Homemade sand shakers (add sand to small bottle) Water Table: green crinkle paper ("seaweed"), plastic crab, shark, fish, boats, water squiters, etc,  Sensory Table: sand, blue crinkle paper, sea shells, bucket, shovel, sifter, sand molds


Teaching Concepts for Indoor Experiences

1. Look at pictures of different animals that live in the ocean and how each one is unique. 2. Dig for sea animals in sand using shovel 3. Paint paper blue, glue sea animals on it 4. Cut sea animals out with cookie cutters and playdough 5. Stamp paper with sea animal stamps 6. Decorate paper bowl, glue streamers around rim to look like jellyfish 7. Sand writing- put a small layer of sand (or colored sand) in a try or paper plate and children will use their finger to draw in the sand 8. Paint sea shells with water color paint


9. Ocean Sensory Bend

Time to set up an awesome play activity for your preschoolers to interact with different sensory aspects of the ocean. Your water table sensory activity can incorporate plastic ocean animals, beach sand, blue water beads, and any other toys/objects that will spark curiosity in your kids.


10. Ocean Sensory Bottle

Sensory bottles are a great tool for kids to regulate their emotions and calm down during stressful or overstimulating situations. Making them is half the fun! The basic ingredients for the liquid inside are glue, water, and food coloring. The kids can then choose what toys and objects to put in their bottles.



11.Ocean Animal Count!

Grab a muffin pan and place magnet numbers in the bottom of each spot. And guess what? The magnet numbers stick! Pick numbers 1-6 in order, higher numbers in order, or mix up random numbers. Students identify the number and then place the matching number of items in the tin. Use ocean mini erasers, shells, ocean mini-figures, or ocean animal math counters. Add tweezers for extra fine motor work.



Teaching Concepts for Outdoor Experiences

1. Crab Walk *Instruct children to sit on the ground and put their hands behind them and their legs in front of them. Have them push up on their hands and feet and walk forwards and backwards. 2. Move like you’re under the sea while wearing the snorkel mask 3. “Swim” like a fish 4. Baby shark

Teaching Concepts for Music Movement Wellness IMIL

1. Octopus (Slippery Fish) 2. Deep Down In The Ocean (Shawn Brown) 3. My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean 4. Fish Pokey You put your left fin in, you take your left fin out You put your left fin in and you move it all about You do the fishy pokey and you turn yourself around And that’s what it’s all about! You put your right gill in, you take your right gill out You put your right gill in and you move it all about You do the fishy pokey and you turn yourself around And that’s what it’s all about! 5. Baby Baluga by Raffi 6. Waves at the Beach (Tune: Wheels on the bus) The waves at the beach go up and down, up and down, up and down, the waves at the beach go up and down, all day long. The crabs at the beach, crawl back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, The crabs at the beach, crawl back and forth, all day long. The lobsters at the beach go, snap, snap, snap; snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap The lobsters at the beach go snap snap snap, all day long The clams at the beach will open and shut, open and shut, open and shut, The clams at the beach will open and shut, all day long. The jelly fish go wibble, wobble, wibble; wibble, wobble, wibble, wibble, wobble, wibble, The jelly fish go wibble, wobble, wibble, all day long

Teaching Concepts for Fingerplays

1. Here is the Sea Here is the sea, the wavy sea (make a wave motion with one hand) Here is my boat and here is me (open hands together at wrists, point to self) All of the fishes down below (point down) Wiggle their tails and away they go (put hands together and make swimming motion) 2. The Fish in the Sea The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim, swim, swim, swim, swim, swim, swim The fish in sea go swim, swim, swim All through the day. The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch, pinch, pinch, pinch, pinch pinch, pinch The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch All through the day. The octopus in the sea go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle The octopus in the sea go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle All through the day. The crabs in the sea go click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click The crabs in the sea go click, click, click All through the day. 3. Octopus (Slippery Fish) 4. A Sailor Went to Sea A sailor went to sea, sea, sea (move hands like it’s the waves of the sea) To see what he could see, see, see. (hold hand on forehead like you’re looking) And all that he could see. see, see Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea. (Repeat getting faster, then slower) 5. Fish Story One, two, three, four, five Once I caught a fish alive. Six, seven, eight, nine, ten Then I list him go again. Why did you let him go? Because it bit my finger so Which finger did he bite? The little finger on the right 6. Five Little Fishes in the Sea Five little fishes in the sea (hold up 5 fingers) teasing Mr. Shark (wave hands by head) you can’t catch me (shake finger) you can’t catch me Well along came Mr. Shark quiet as can be (hold hands together like shark is swimming) He snapped that fish right out of the sea! (clap hands once) (Keep repeating until all fish are gone) Now Mr. Shark is lonely as can be! 7. Baby Shark 8. Five Little Shells Fingerplay 5 little shells lying on the shore, Crash went the waves and then their was 4. 4 little shells down by the sea, Crash went the waves! then there was 3. 3 little shells, smooth as new, Crash went the waves! then there were 2. 2 little shells, sparkling in the sun, Crash went the waves!  Then there was 1. 1 little shell, left by itself, I took it home, and put it on my shelf.

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