Preschool and Kindergarten Ocean and Ocean Animals Crafts, Activities, Lessons, Games, and Printables. Oceans are very important to us. They cover about 70 percent of the Earth's surface and contain about 97 percent of the Earth's water supply. They have the tallest mountains and the deepest valleys. Oceans affect weather and temperature, provide food, and it is estimated that between 70 and 80 percent of our oxygen is produced by marine plants. Your children with enjoy learning about the ocean, ocean animals, and the beach with our ocean-and-beach-inspired crafts, activities, emergent reader booklets, folder games, rhymes, songs and printables.
What is an ocean? What do you know about the ocean?
Show a large globe and ask children to identify the oceans. Also ask them how they know that they are oceans. Point out that most of our planet is covered by water and that this huge amount of water is called oceans and seas, and they are all joined together. The oceans and seas are salty. There are five oceans: Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and the Antarctic. Smaller areas of the oceans are called seas. The largest two seas are the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Talk about the differences between oceans, lakes, and rivers.
We have five oceans
that cover the earth, you see,
Can you name them all with me?
Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic,
and Antarctic make five,
I can't wait to discover the ocean.
I'm ready to dive!
Why Is the Seawater Salty?
Most of the salt comes from rocks on land that got washed into the oceans by the rivers.
Salty Ocean Science Activity
Discuss with children that ocean water is salty. Have two plastic containers filled with water. Show children the salt and add a large amount of the salt to one of the containers. Let children stir until the salt is dissolved. Let children smell and taste the difference by pouring the two waters into small paper cups and use craft sticks to taste. Ask the questions: "Do they taste the same? Why not? Which one tastes like ocean water?" Next, place a raw egg in each container. The egg in the unsalted water should sink and the one in the salted water should float. Ask children what they think made the egg float?
Ocean facts: http://warrensburg.k12.mo.us/ocean/oceans.html
Preschool and kindergarten children will have fun learning about all kinds of animals that call the ocean their home.
You need: plastic water or pop bottles, blue or green food coloring, baby oil or vegetable oil, tiny shells, and sparkles or gold glitter for sand.
Fill the water bottle 2/3 full with water and tint it with the food coloring and add oil. Fill bottle to about 1/2 inch of the rim. Add tiny shells, glitter, or other sea-related items. Glue the bottle shut and place tape around the top to seal the bottle to prevent the oily liquid from leaking out. When you tip the bottle it will look like rolling ocean waves.
Place pictures of coral reefs and ocean life on the wall around your block center. Add plastic ocean animal toys and let children build a coral reef for the animals to hide.
Blow up a large kiddie pool and place it in your reading corner. Add stuffed ocean animals.
You will need: Celery stalks (cut into 4-inch pieces), cream cheese or peanut butter, goldfish crackers, plastic knife, two bowls
Place cream cheese or peanut butter in a bowl and goldfish in the other bowl. The children dip or spread the cream cheese or peanut butter to one end of the celery stick. Then, they go fishing for goldfish crackers.
You will need: Bananas, grapes, knife, small cup or bowl, black marker
Cut banana in half. Make a cut to the end with the stem and place a grape inside the opening (mouth). Use some of the banana peel to cut out fins and add it to the dolphin. Draw the eyes with the black marker. Add some grapes to a small cup or bowl and place the banana dolphin inside.
You will need: Bread, peanut butter, grated coconut, star-shaped cookie cutters
The children use the cookie cutter to cut out a star shape from the bread. Then, they spread peanut butter on their star and sprinkle with coconut.
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