Ocean Art

give each child to paper plates with the center cut out of each. Have them glue blue plastic wrap to one of the plates, then glue sand, green construction paper strips (seaweed), small shells and small pictures of colored fish. glue second piece of plastic wrap over the top of this creation and glue the second paper plate on top of that. Punch a hole in the top of the two plate and string with fishing line to hang in front of a window or from the ceiling. It looks like a real ocean. children love to watch the reflections from the window.

I have the students trace their hand twice and cut it out (you can have them fold the paper and only trace it once if you think they have the motor skills to cut through the folded paper) After they have cut their hands out they get to cut of their thumbs. Now staple or glue the palms together and curl up the fingers and you have an octopus.

Have the students draw an ocean  with crayons on a white piece of paper. Once they are done use blue water colors and paint the water. They water-color will not absorb into the crayons. They look really cool

Cool Sand Castles

– different sized toilet paper and paper towel rolls
– card stalk
– glue
– sand

Have each child pick three or four rolls and cover them in glue. Before the glue dries, roll them in the sand. Then glue them standing up on the card stalk. COOL SAND CASTLES!!


1.) Give the children a piece of water-color paper and have them fold it in half.

2.) Trace a real sea shell on a piece of heavier watercolor paper beginning at the folded end of the paper. Trace starting from the bottom of the shell at the fold of the paper.

3.) Have the kids cut out the shell on the folded end of the paper. Make sure to explain that they must keep the fold uncut.

4.) Give the children chalk to color the water-color paper on both sides of what will be their shell.

5.) Next have them fold the shell-like they would if they were making a fan.

6.) Give the children some newspaper to roll up and place within the shell. (Only give them strips as to not over-fill the shell.)

7.) Tell the children to glue the shell closed by only gluing the inside rim of the shell with a small amount of glue. Have them hold the shell closed a small section at a time, and then apply a small amount of glue to the next section and so on.

The water-color paper will give the shells more of a texture and a heavier feel. It will also give the shells more of a real-life look when the folds are applied.
The chalk will give the shells a more life-like appearance too. You can even show the children how to brush some of the chalk off of the water color paper to make it look even more realistic.
These make lovely room decorations as well when hung from the ceiling panels. This project does need a little patience and time but it is worth it.