Ocean Art

Whales – have children stuff large plastic rubbish bag with newspaper – you will need to tape the tail…..and shape it…add on eyes and mouth.

We make large drawings of sea creatures (e.g. dolphin) and then turning it over I trace it into jigsaw pieces and number them – starting at the top – ensuring there is a piece for each child and one for me….mine is the eye or the piece that will give it away. I cut it out….then each child (next day as I draw it after school finishes) gets a piece to paint. When all are dry we sit in a circle and proceed to put our jigsaw together by gluing it onto a large backing board – the numbers are the guide for joining it up. Language really comes alive as the children try to guess which creature we have made today! Usually do 3 or 4 of these.

Paint bubble wrap with roller or brayer. Lift print onto paper. Lifting onto a fish shape makes a beautiful “Rainbow Fish”.

SeaLife Art: Paint a fish, yes a real fish (about 14-20 inches long) with a paint brush. Lift onto paper towel or muslin. Nice print and kids love the fish !!!! I prefer to do this outside.

In our ocean life week we have the children spread glue over a starfish stencil, then sprinkle cornmeal over it. In past years I didn’t have any cornmeal, so each child crushed his/her own bag of cornflakes to put over the glue. This year was the first year I had cornmeal and used it…like we were suppose to. I prefer the crushed cornflakes, the look and feel is better!