At the preschool this week, I had a small but lovely group of boys for Sea Creatures camp. Among many games, we walked like crabs, moved like jelly fish and tried our best to stick together like a school of fish as they did in the story of Swimmy (Which we read every day by-the-way).
Day one we started with a very simple project of making a sweet paper fish.
I tried, in vain, to video tape just how exciting it is to watch this fish spin through the air as it falls. It is thrilling for me, so you can imagine how fun it was for the preschoolers. And this craft takes but seconds to make...try it, you will not be sorry. (If you have a cat, I bet your cat would love chasing the paper fish as it falls). It reminds me a little of watching a maple tree seed spin to the ground (or "helicopter seed" as we called them when I was little). The kids each made about six so they could take some home and play there too. Instructions can be found at Paper Crafts For Children.
Day two was all about sharks and the kids had fun making paper plate versions of shark teeth!
Idea came from Dollar Store Crafts.
Day three we talked about sea turtles and I cracked walnut shells to turn into turtle backs (don't you love the surprise heart inside the walnut? The kids sure did). With a little paint, some wool felt and a spot of glue, these little sea turtles were zooming across the table in no time.
My biggest challenge for this project was rounding up the bottles (I found that recycling Kombucha bottles for this worked great!) (thanks Mom!). This was our most difficult project as it involved creating little jellyfish out of plastic bags, then filling it's head with a mix of water and air so that it could gracefully float back and forth as you turned the bottle. It was also the most thrilling project! The kids were memorized as they swished the water around in the bottle. Full instructions for how to make these found here at Bhoomplay. Again...I had trouble photographing the kids in action, but go to the source, you will love seeing the little video of Bhoomplays boys too.
The kids also so enjoyed hearing the story of The Sea Garden by Suzanne Down, they wanted to hear that one everyday too. The story comes from the summer 2008 issue of Living Craft magazine (which sadly is no longer in publication). If you have young children in your life I highly recommend going to Suzanne's website, Juniper Tree Puppets, and signing up for her monthly newsletter, she always includes a beautifully written story there.
Next week...Spanish camp!