Take a large clear bowl or clean fish bowl. Fill about half full with vinegar, add a drop of blue food coloring so that the water has just a slight tint to it. Then drop in 5-10 (depending on size of container.) small pieces of softened noodles. Next put 1/4 cup (or more for larger containers) of baking soda into the vinegar. The noodles will wiggle all around while going up and down like fish swimming. I have done this with 2,3, & even 4-year-olds and they love it.
**For a variation leave out the food coloring and substitute Raisins. They’ll ‘dance’ like the California raisins of old**
In my room of children aged 15 months to 2 years, we made an ocean by filling a trough with strips of blue cellophane and plastic ocean creatures. We then surrounded the trough with large blue cushions. Sensory development, Scientific knowledge and language skills
During animal habitat week we make ocean in a bag. You take a zip lock bag, and add blue hair gel, sand, and real sea shells. The children get to squish it around and feel the shells. You could also add Swedish fish to the mix. It is a cool idea.
Purpose: To teach the children to take care of their environment
Materials: rubber bands and 6 pack plastic rings
Activity: Give each child a small rubber band and instruct them to put it around their pinky finger and their thumb. Then ask them to try to remove it. It should be difficult or impossible to remove. Explain to the children about the plastic rings and how sea creatures get them stuck around their bodies and beaks etc., and teach them how to throw them away properly (by cutting the circles) and teach them the dangers of littering.
In our water table, we use it for various theme related ideas. When doing our ocean theme I filled the table 1/4 full of sand then added many different kinds of shells, plastic crabs, small plastic medicine cups (to make small sand castles) I also put in tablespoons (for shovels).