Sink into reading with a printable and Sinking Submarine Activity

Last week we attended story time at a local teaching supply store.  I try to support our local stores as much as possible.  It is a win-win situation for me when I can attend storytime and purchase items we may need for learning that week.  This week's stories were about the ocean, complete with the book, "A House for Hermit Crab" by Eric Carle.  The children talked about shells and made these cute paper plate shells with chalk and stickers. 
 To extend our learning into the afternoon, we found and named the oceans on our new globes. 

We then decided to make our own "Sinking Submarines," so that we could visit the ocean ourselves.  Our vision therapist would LOVE this activity as it requires children to track an object from close up to far away.  If you want to make your own sinking submarine, you will need scrap paper, glue, scizzors, ribbon, tape and a paper clip.  I just freehanded an oval for the body, a squished heart for the tail, ovals for the window, a triangle and a square for my kids to put where they wanted. 

I taped 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.  I taught my 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!

And if that wasn't fun enough - I made the kiddoes a book recording sheet. If you click on the image, it should bring you to google docs with a PDF of the sheet.

1 comment:

  1. 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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