We continued learning about oceans and ocean animals this week with two books. Pop Up Sea by Patrick Watson is a fun pop-up book featuring all kinds of amazing sea creatures, from eels to crabs to scuba divers just like us! Chris Barton’s Shark vs. Train is about who would win in a series of contests between a ferocious shark and a super strong freight train. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, and both are good at different things. Who will win in the end?
We repeated our rhyme about the pretty little goldfish from last week:
Pretty little goldfish (wiggle hands like a fishy swimming)
Never can he talk (point to mouth)
All he does is wiggle (wiggle hands again)
When he tries to walk (walk two fingers along your leg)
We repeated our rhyme about the unlucky little sandcastles as well:
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!
We danced to “Spaghetti Legs” by Jim Gill before I let them play at the different stations I’d set up.
At one station, I put our ocean animals from last week in a tub of sudsy water for the kids to wash and play with. Another had a giant train floor puzzle ready to be put together. One had a pegboard with a picture of a fish on it and pegs of different colors to use with it. Our art station this week was covered with giant pieces of paper, and the kids used freezy paints to make beautiful designs and pictures:
I found the recipe for freezy paint on Growing a Jeweled Rose, which has tons of fantastic play ideas and recipes. I used liquid watercolor instead of food coloring because we happened to have it on hand, and I added glitter because glitter makes everything better. The colors were gorgeous.
Join us next week when we wrap up ocean story time!