We continued our ocean theme this week, with two books about counting ocean animals. The first was Michael Dahl’s One Giant Splash: A Counting Book About the Ocean. There were really cute, colorful illustrations by Todd Irving Ouren, and numbers were hidden on the page for the kids to find. We also read Ten Little Fish by Audrey Wood.
We learned a new rhyme this week:
Pretty little goldfish (make a fish wiggle motion with one hand)
Never can talk (point to your mouth)
All it does is wiggle (repeat fish wiggle motion with one hand)
When it tries to walk (walk fingers on your lap)
We did Five Little Sandcastles again this week, and we used our very best wave sounds:
Five little sand castles built by the shore
Along came a wave and WHOOSH! There were four.
Four little sand castles built just for me.
Along came a wave and WHOOSH! There were three.
Three little sand castles built just for you.
Along came a wave and WHOOSH! There were two.
Two little sand castles built in the sun
Along came a wave and WHOOSH! There was one.
One little sand castle built just for fun
Along came a wave and WHOOSH! There were NONE!
Our song this week was “Spaghetti Legs” by Jim Gill. After we danced, the kids were allowed to play at the stations I’d set up.
Station 1 had rubbing plates of ocean animals that the kids could cover with paper and color.
Station 2 had a magnetic aquarium board with ocean animal magnets to play with.
Station 3 had five trays with glue sticks and glitter. Each tray had a different color of glitter to use on it. The kids took a starfish coloring page and, after writing their names on it with a marker, they took it to the different trays and used the glue sticks and sprinkles of glitter to color it.
Station 4 had a big bowl of blue flubber with little plastic ocean animals hidden in it. The kids dug in, squished the flubber around, pulled the animals out, put the animals back in, made long spaghetti noodles, and just generally had a blast.
The recipe I used was from live craft eat, and it worked beautifully. The kids had so much fun with it!
Join us next week!