Ocean Fun


Using cardboard boxes – medium/large – we build a submarine and children go search the deep. Seal each box up and cut the hatches (? can you tell I am not a submariner?) between each so they will have to squeeze through from one compartment to the next and then glue/tape them together. To allow light to get in, I also cut porthole type windows and cover these with several layers of blue cellophane and stick different sea creatures to the outsides.


We do a sea theme every year and thought I would pass on a few of our ideas.

The room is decorated by weaving crepe paper streamers (pale green/aqua, darker green/blue) over/under fishing line strung length of room a foot below the ceiling……when the a/c and fans are on, they move about and give the impression of being “Under the Sea”.

Fishing net is hung down one wall and over a table – becomes the interest corner where we lace sharks jaws/teeth; seaweed; shells; sponges; dried seahorses, starfish etc; and any other flotsom and jetsam we have in the place. (As we are only 5 minutes from some fantastic beaches, these are easy to collect!)

An alternative to the net is to cover an A frame with paper, paint it a murky colour and create an undersea cave to put the interest table in.


for oceans/aquariums I use empty milk jugs on cord for air tanks, flippers and masks, and aquarium background sheets in the dramatic play area for underwater adventures.


 

Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.