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. Materials Affiliate links included Tempera paint Paper Wide toothed comb Q-tips Books About {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. To set up this {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. Materials Affiliate links included. Tempera paint-We chose orange and yellow Potato masher-Grab one from Dollar Tree or your kitchen stash Cardstock Scissors Blue paper (optional) Glue (optional) Nonfiction book about starfish-We read Star of {Read More}

Beach Books

Whether you are taking a trip to the beach, live by the beach or just want to experience the beach from miles away, a book is a great part of a beach trip. Living in Florida, we are blessed to be able to go to the beach any time we want but sometimes a great beach book is the easiest and quickest way to hear the waves crash and feel (or imagine) sand between your toes. We hope the books {Read More}

Coral Reef Play Dough Activity

My kids find coral reefs fascinating. The colors, the creatures, the activity, they can sit and read, watch or explore this theme for hours. After reading some books recently about life in a coral reef we set up this play dough activity for the girls to act out their own coral reef adventures. Coral Reef Play Dough Activity Materials This post contains affiliate links. Usually we make our own play dough but we received a set of Play-Doh from some friends {Read More}