Host an Ocean Themed Playdate

Host an ocean themed, educational play date for your kids and their friends. Choose a location such as your living room, backyard, park or even a rented space in your library.  Pick a time of day and invite your friends.  Prepare the activities ahead of time.  When the children come - play, learn, craft, and connect!

Plan an Ocean Themed Play Date: Craft, Story, Activity and MORE #EDUSpin
These are activities that would be great for toddlers and preschoolers.

Pick a Story: "A House for Hermit Crab" by Eric Carle. 

Choose a Craft: Paper Plate Shells

Materials Needed:
Paper Plates
Crayons or markers

1. Have parents pre-cut the shells or let the children, depending on the age and comfort level of the parents.
2. Retell the story of "A House for Hermit Crab" and have the children add stickers to their shell.
3. Let them decorate with crayons or markers.

A House for Hermit Crab Paper Plate Craft

Pick a Learning Activity: GLOBES

To extend learning into our afternoon ocean play date, I set out the globes for an interactive station to learn about the world.  The kids found and named the oceans with parent help. This was a BIG hit!

Learning about GLOBES

Choose an Interactive Game or Activity: Sinking Submarines

We then decided to make our own "Sinking Submarines," so that we could visit the ocean ourselves.  This project is also great for getting kids to work together!!!  Our vision therapist would LOVE this activity as it requires children to track an object from close up to far away.

Materials Needed
scrap paper,
tape and
a paper clip.


1. Free-hand an oval for the body, a squished heart for the tail, ovals for the window, a triangle and a square for kids to put where they want.

Sinking Submarine Craft

2. Glue the pieces together to form a submarine.

3. Tape a paper clip on the back and tied one end of the ribbon to the door.  When I threaded the submarine on the ribbon, it didn't want to move, so I had to take the paper clip off and bend it a little wider.  Yours may be ok if you are using a different string.  

4. Teach your kids how to keep the string taunt and move their hands up and down to make the submarine sink down, down, down to the ocean floor or float back up.  They played this game for over 30 minutes!

Choose a Take Home Activity: Fishing For a Good Book Printable

Keep the fun and learning going with an interactive take-home activity. If you click on the image, it should bring you to google docs with a PDF of the sheet of this reading printable.


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1 comment:

Deceptively Educational said...

That submarine is SO cool! My son would totally love that craft/activity. Stopping by from the Sun Scholars For the Kids linky and am a new follower. I'd love to have you stop by my site sometime (!

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