Ocean Theme ABC Sensory Bin

Sensory play is a key part of early childhood learning and exploration. We’ve shared many sensory play ideas in the past, including a variety of alphabet sensory bins.  As we get closer to summer and  get ready for our preschool ocean theme, we put together a quick prep ocean theme ABC sensory bin that will allow kids to engage in sensory play while also practicing letter recognition and matching upper and lowercase letters. Materials for Ocean Theme ABC Sensory Bin Affiliate links included. {Read More}

Preschool Ocean Theme Activities

There’s something about the ocean that makes it so mesmerizing. Maybe it’s the size. Maybe it’s all of the different creatures that can be found in it. Either way kids really enjoy learning about the ocean and sea life, so a preschool ocean theme can  be a treasure trove of new discoveries and learning. Here are some fabulous resources for planning your preschool ocean theme activities. Why It’s Fun There’s so much to learn with an ocean theme. Kids have so many questions {Read More}

Ocean Small World Summer Sensory Play

If I could I would spend every single day of summer at the beach. Unfortunately it’s just not possible, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring a little bit of ocean inspired play into our days at home. These creative ocean small worlds are great inspiration for creating your own pretend play invitations this summer. Use them as part of an ocean theme, or just set them up when you’re wishing you were at the beach instead. They’re sure to {Read More}

Jellyfish Craft

When my girls pop inside to escape the summer heat they often choose some sort of crafting or painting activity. While we were at the library last week we happened to read a book about jellyfish, so this was a fun jellyfish craft to make after reading together one afternoon. Use it at home or in the classroom for a J is for Jellyfish theme or summer activity. Get a full week of ocean theme lesson plans for  Home Preschool or your Preschool Classroom. {Read More}

Fish Crafts for Kids

Summer is meant to be spent outdoors, but sometimes you need to take a break from the heat and the sun. Head inside and make some of these fish crafts together. They’d be great to make after a visit to the beach or an aquarium. And once summer is long gone, you can use these crafts for a fish theme, an ocean theme, or Letter F week. These creative fish crafts include some clever process art ideas so you can try painting {Read More}

Seashell Sight Word Practice

“Ugh, do I haaaave to practice my sight words?!” “Can’t we do it later?” Is that what you hear when you try to get your kids to do a little school work over the summer? But there you are staring at that list of words your child’s school sent home for you to remember, so why not make it so fun they’ll be asking you to practice those sight words? This seashell activity is terrific for sight words that preschoolers {Read More}

Seashell Name Game

We have mounds of seashells we’ve collected from our beach trips. During the summer we end up using a lot of them for play and learning. If you don’t have access to shells, you can also find them at craft stores. For this activity we gathered a few shells and made our own “pearls” to practice name recognition. Handling those tiny pearls is also great for practicing the pincer grasp that kids will use for handwriting. Get a full week {Read More}

The Rainbow Fish Book Activities

Using a picture book to inspire learning in many skill areas can be a lot of fun, and it helps kids develop a deeper understanding of the book itself. The Rainbow Fish (affiliate link) by Marcus Pfister is a terrific book to use for an ocean, fish, summer, or friendship theme. We read this book over and over again, but we recently did a play dough counting activity inspired by the book. I thought I’d gather a collection of ideas so you {Read More}

Rainbow Fish Counting Play Dough

Whenever we can combine a great book, play dough, and hands-on learning I know we’ve got a recipe for a memorable activity that the kids will love. As we’re sailing into summer we’ve been reading some of our favorite fish books. We’re also reviewing teen numbers, so I though this Rainbow Fish counting play dough activity would be a fun way to practice both number recognition and counting. Materials for Rainbow Fish Counting Play Dough The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister Purple and {Read More}

Easy Starfish Craft

We are only a few weeks away from summer! We’re already daydreaming about days at the beach. Whether you’re heading to the beach soon, teaching an ocean theme, or learning about starfish together this is an easy starfish craft that is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Get a full week of ocean theme lesson plans for  Home Preschool or your Preschool Classroom. Materials Affiliate links included. Tempera paint-We chose orange and yellow Potato masher-Grab one from Dollar Tree or your kitchen stash Cardstock {Read More}