Spring has fully sprung! After so much time spent indoors, we have been more than ready to stretch our legs and get outside. We have long awaited the warm weather and beach days and now that they are finally here, it’s time to break out the buckets and pails!
Our sea life activities were inspired by the Usborne Book “See Under the Sea”. This book is bright and fun with over 80 flaps to lift. The boys were really fascinated by the pictures, so it’s a read I definitely recommend having while discovering the ocean life! In this post, I’ll list a few of the hands-on learning activities that we explored this season.
Sea Life Sensory Bin
Sensory bins are all the rage and for good reason – they are easy to make, most of the stuff needed can be found at home or at a low cost and they entertain for hours! Here is what you will need to make our Sea Life Sensory Bin:
1. Plastic container
2. Plastic Zip-Lock bags (gallon size)
3. 2 pound bag of white rice
4. Food coloring (blue)
5. Sea animals
6. Shovels or measuring cups
Fill the zip lock bags with the rice and sprinkle 2-4 drops of food coloring as needed. Mix until the rice is the shade of your desire. Once dry, add the rice to the plastic container. Fill with your animals and scooping materials.
You’re all set to play!
I suggest taking it into the grass on a sunny day or laying a towel underneath for easy clean-up. Use the top of the container to cover and save for another day! The boys enjoyed burying the animals and then finding the specific animal that I would name. Or when they found one, they’d name it! They also gain fine motor skills for scooping and pouring the rice.
Look n’ See Sensory Bottle
The look n’ see sensory bottle is great for car rides, taking to the beach or just to have on hand! Your kids will love to help make this with you since it’s simple and basically mess-free. The things you’ll need for your sensory bottle are:
1. Empty Voss water bottle
3. Food coloring (blue)
5. Plastic sea life animals (small enough to fit inside)
6. Decorative beads or marbles
Put the animals and beads in the bottle, followed by water, adding the blue food coloring last. Close the bottle and give it a good shake until the water is the shade of blue you desire. Glue the top of the bottle on, so that it can’t be opened by little hands and enjoy!
As simple as it is, there are a lot of great ways to use the sensory bottle. We enjoy naming the creatures inside and get an even bigger kick out of matching them at the beach, the aquarium or in our books at home! These bottles can be themed around anything and they make for easy, fun teaching.
During this time, we’d also continue our learning indoors on days we stayed at home. We’d sing songs about sea life (Baby Shark, Baby Beluga), play with Kinetic Sand, put our sea animals in the bathtub and make waves, watch the Our Planet movie and make a few sea creature crafts (maybe I’ll share those as well in the near future)!
These sensory activities will keep your kids entertained while giving them more understanding of life under the sea. They are great pastimes and can be fun for the whole family. If you give them a try, let me know what you think! New ideas are always welcome!