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BLAST Early Learning
Ocean

Books:

Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea

Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck
A child explores the treasures of the deep blue sea from the safety of a bathtub.

 

Mr. SeahorseMister Seahorse by Eric Carle

After Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs on Mr. Seahorse’s belly, he drifts through the water, greeting other fish fathers who are taking care of their eggs.

 

Rhyme:

Five Little Fishes
Five little fishes swimming in a pool.
(Wiggle five fingers, move arm)
The first fish said, "This pool is cool!"
(Shiver and hug yourself)
The second fish said, "This pool is deep."
(Use a low voice)
The third fish said, "I want to sleep."
(yawn and stretch)
The fourth fish said, “I’ll float and dip.”
The fifth fish said, "I spy a ship."
(hand shading eyes)
Fishing boat comes, line goes kersplash!
(throw in line)
Away the five little fishies dash.
(fingers "swim" away quickly)

 

Song:

All the Fish Swimming in the Water
All the fish swimming in the water
Swimming in the water, swimming in the water
All the fish swimming in the water
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, SPLASH!

Great big fish is swimming in the water
Swimming in the water, swimming in the water
Great big fish is swimming in the water
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, SPLASH!

The little bitty fish are swimming in the water
Swimming in the water, swimming in the water
The little bitty fish are swimming in the water
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, SPLASH!

Hold your hands, palms together, and make swimming motions. 
When saying “Bubble,” move your fingers together and apart.
Spray your fingers wide open when you say “Splash!”

 

 

Vocabulary Word:

spy: v. to see or discover something

Example: “I spy a hermit crab hiding from me.”

(taken from Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck)

 

Activities:

  • Put your children into groups of four. Have them try to make an octopus with waving tentacles. This is a great activity.  They can use their arms or legs as tentacles, while working to stay together as one group.
  • Shark Tooth Hunt — Put several shark teeth (fake or real) in your sand table.  Let your children sift through the sand and find the teeth.
  • Balloon Fish — Fill balloons with water and draw on fins, mouths, etc.  Let the children play with these in the water table.  For an added effect, add fishnets and let the children try to catch the fish.
  • Dive Under the Ocean — Put several plastic ocean creatures under a sheet. Call out a child's name and say “(Child's Name) dive under the ocean."  Then have that child go under the sheet and retrieve an ocean creature. When they have their creature have them tell the class what it is (or if they're too young you can tell them).
  • Sea Shell Sort and Match — Cut a variety of seashell shapes and sizes from paper.  The children can sort or match them by size, color, or shape.
  • Aquarium in a Cup — Make blue jell-o according to the directions on the box.  Pour into clear plastic cups.  Let them cool in a refrigerator until partially set (about an hour).  When they are partially set, place a few gummy fish in each cup.  Put them in the refrigerator until they are completely set.  Eat and enjoy!  This treat can also be made in a big clear punch bowl instead of individual cups.
 

Literature:

Hooray for Fish

Hooray for Fish!  by Lucy Cousins

Little Fish has all sorts of fishy friends in his underwater home, but loves one of them most of all.

 

Into the A, B, SeaInto the A, B, Sea  by Deborah Lee Rose

An alphabet book featuring twenty-six animals found in the ocean and including endnotes giving additional details about each of these sea creatures.

 

Fidgety FishFidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway

Sent out for a swim in the deep sea, Tiddler, a young fish who just can’t keep still, sees many interesting creatures, and one big dark cave.

 

Fish EyesFish Eyes by Lois Ehlert

A counting book  depicting the colorful fish a child might see if he turned into a fish himself.