Under the sea and ocean themes are common units to cover in school. One way to make learning more fun, especially for younger children, is by making crafts which relate to the content. There are lots of simple, inexpensive crafts kids of all ages can make at home or school.
Water Bottle Fish
Turn a 354ml to 454gr water bottle into a fish. Hold the open end of the water bottle with one hand and squeeze the bottle about 2 inches from the bottom to crush it. Then twist the bottom section of the bottle a couple times to create a creased separation of the bottom and top halves of the bottle. Then, use glue and coloured streamers to cover the body of the water bottle. It's best to tear small 1-inch pieces of streamer to create the illusion of scales. Add a top fin and side fins with more streamers. Lastly, add a face with permanent marker and wiggly eyes.
Oyster Shell Math
Create a math shell game allowing kids to work on their math skills while learning about life under the sea. Fold a sheet of paper in half and cut out the shape of an oyster along the edge of the crease so you have an oyster shell shape which can be opened. On the top of the oyster, write a mathematical equation such as 4+3=. On the inside, write the answer.
Under the Sea Diorama
Create a diorama showcasing life under the sea. Use an old shoebox or folded triangular cardboard display. Use green streamers to make seaweed. Then, cut fish, starfish, sharks, whales and crabs out of construction paper. Glue these onto the diorama walls.
Cardboard Tube Octopus
Make an octopus out of a cardboard toilet paper roll. Cut one half of the roll into eight even sections which come halfway up the tube. Then decorate the tube by painting or colouring it. Curl the ends of the eight strip legs up so they form legs. Add a face with marker and a pair wiggly eyes.
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