Sea Animals by Amy Erickson
Down Down Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins
Sea Animals by Jim Pipe
Wish for a Fish: All About Sea Creatures by Bonnie Worth
Sea Turtles by Gail Gibbons
Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Ocean by Mary Ling
Materials: construction paper (all one color), markers, scissors
Description: Cut out at least 10 fish shapes from the same color construction paper. On each fish write a number 1-5 (you will have two fish with the same numbers). Use these fish to play memory with your toddler. Lay them out, number side down. Take turns with your toddler, turning over 2 fish at a time. If they numbers match, collect the pair. If they do not match turn them back over and the other person will take a turn. Encourage your toddler to remember where the different numbers are. Skills Targeted: teach your tot memory skills, teach your tot to recognize sea animals, teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot matching, teach your tot to count to 5
Materials: draw or print pictures of a variety of sea animals, popsicle sticks, cardboard or cardboard box, blue paint, paintbrush, glue
Description: We did this activity during House Week to show that sea animals live in water. It is also a great creative activity to do again with your toddler this week. Print or draw a variety of sea animals and cut out each animal. Show them to your toddler and see if your toddler can name the different sea animals. Have your toddler glue each sea animal onto a Popsicle stick. While these are drying, create tri-fold from the cardboard and have your toddler paint it blue for the water. When everything is dry, your toddler can use their imagination and play with this original puppet stand and sea animal puppets.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to understand that sea animals live in water, teach your tot creativity and imagination, teach your tot to play, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to recognize sea animals
Materials: construction paper, scissors, glue
Description: Talk to your toddler, read them books and show them pictures of jellyfish. They are sea animals that live in the water. Cut a circle in half and have your toddler glue it to a large piece of paper. Next cut strips of paper and teach your toddler how to accordion fold each one. This is a great motor skill activity for your little one; although, it might be difficult at first. Have your toddler glue all the strips onto the half circle as the jellyfish tentacles. Count the tentacles with your toddler.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot counting, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to recognize sea animals
Materials: construction paper, scissors, paper clip, magnet, string, stick or pencil
Description: This is another activity that we did several weeks ago for Nursery Rhyme Week (it went along with the nursery rhyme A Fish For You). Cut out several fish shapes of different sizes and colors and place a paper clip on the head of each fish. To create a fishing pole tie a piece of string to a stick or pencil and tie the other end to a magnet (you could also hot glue the string to the magnet). Have your toddler use the fishing pole and catch each fish, one at a time. As your toddler catches each fish have them tell you what color it is and if it is a small or large. Once all the fish have been caught, count them and help your toddler put them in order from small or large or large to small. Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot counting, teach your tot to compare and contrast sizes, teach your tot to recognize sea animals
Materials: construction paper, scissors, glue
Description: Cut out a large circle, 8 rectangles, a small triangle, and two small ovals. Show all the shapes to your toddler and have them name each shape. Talk to your toddler, read them books and show them pictures of an octopus. Have your toddler create a shape octopus by gluing down the large circle for the body, the 8 rectangles for the legs, the ovals for the eyes and the triangle for the nose. Count the rectangles/legs with your toddler.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot counting 1-8, teach your tot to recognize sea animals, teach your tot
Materials: paper, scissors, glue, sand, googly eyes
Description: Read and talk to your toddler about starfish. Show your little one pictures of starfish. Ask your toddler what shape starfish are. Draw and cut out a star shape. Have your toddler identify the shape. Talk to your toddler about how starfish feel. (They feel rough). Have your toddle spread glue onto the star and sprinkle sand onto the glue. When it dries your little one can glue on two googly eyes. Have your toddler feel their starfish and talk about how it feels. Ask your toddler what part of their body they use to feel and touch.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to recognize sea animals, teach your tot shape recognition
Materials: colorful fish snack crackers
Description: Give your toddler a handful of the colorful goldfish crackers. Have your toddler sort them by color. Have your toddler count each group of fish when they are all sorted. Talk about what group has the most and what group has the least. Skills Targeted: teach your tot sorting, teach your tot counting, teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot to understand less and more Sea Animals: Materials: a variety of pictures of all different kinds of animals (sea animals, zoo animals, farm animals etc), poster board, marker, glue Description: Lay out a variety of pictures of different animals for your toddler to see. Have your toddler tell you whether each animal is a sea animal or not and glue them to a large poster board. As they glue each animal have your toddler name the sea animal. Throughout the week, you and your toddler can keep adding to this sea animal collage. As you learn about each different sea animal glue a picture of it to the poster board. Write the name of each animal under its picture.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot sorting, teach your tot to recognize sea animals, teach your tot language development
Songs and Finger plays:
See the Little Fishies:
See the little fishies Swimming in the sea.
I went under water And all looked at me.
I tried to give one pat And all scattered, just like that.
5 Little Fish:
5 little fish in the deep blue sea
The first one swam away from me.
4 little fish in the kelp.
The second one saw my fishing pole and screamed for help.
3 little fish hiding behind a stump.
Out of the water, the third one jumped.
2 little fish swam toward my hook.
The fourth came over to take a closer look.
1 little fish swam away.
I guess I will try to catch some fish another day!
Fish in the sea.
(Sung to the tune of This Old Man)
A little red fish jumping up and down.
A blue whale swam around and around.
A pink jellyfish hid behind a rock.
A yellow fish swam under the dock.
A gray manatee ate a mouth full of grass.
A green stingray floated by me last.
So many colors do I see Under the water in front of me.
(You could cut out sea animals of each color and hold them up as you sing about each one)
There are so many fish that live in the sea Jellyfish, crabs, and sea anemone.
There are dolphins jumping up and down.
Sharks, whales, orange and white fish know as clowns.
Stingrays, swordfish, lobsters, eels So many fish that fisherman catch with reels.
Videos: Visit www.sesamestreet.org for videos and game that your toddler will enjoy.
Check out www.coloring.ws for a variety of sea animal coloring pages.