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Ocean In a Bottle
Submitted by Charlene
What You Need:
  • Bottles (peanut butter jars, baby food jars, etc.)
  • Sand
  • Sea Creatures
  • Rocks
  • Water
What You Do:
  • Let your children put sand and small rocks in a bottle. Then have them add small plastic sea creatures and grass (seaweed) Finally have them add water and salt. This makes a cute and fun "Ocean In A Bottle." Note: Super glue the lids shut so your children can not open them
Hula Skirt
Submitted by an Unknown Friend
What You Need:
  • Paper Bag
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Stapler
  • Paint
  • Glitter
What You Do:
  • Cut the Top off the bag. Then cut strips up leaving enough to fold over at the top. Fold the top over putting yarn on the inside of the fold. Next staple the top to hold the yarn in. The Yarn works as a belt to keep the hula skirt up when the children are playing. Next give the children the skirts and let them decorate their skirts. Make a few extra skirts as they occasionally tear.
Hula Skirt 2
Submitted by Betty
What You Need:
  • Crate Paper
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • Cut the crate paper out, give the children the strips and let them paste it on the yarn. After dried tie around children like a belt.
Make Your Own Beach Towel
Submitted by Torrie
What You Need:
  • Large Piece of paper
  • Paint
  • Glitter and any other material you want
What You Do:
  • Give the children the paper and let them design their own peach towels.
Leigh
Submitted by Carla
What You Need:
  • Yarn (long enough to reach around children's necks)
  • Tissue Paper
What You Do:
  • Cut out squares of different colored tissue paper and punch a hole through the middle (you can use a pencil or hole punch). Then let the children string the paper onto the yarn creating a great Leigh. Some children will use all one color, some will vary their colors, some will make unique patterns, one thing that is for sure is that they all will be unique.
Idea:
Add sand to your paint (it adds great textures).
Ocean Animal Stain Glass
Submitted by Fredricks
What You Need:
  • Contact Paper or Waxed Paper
  • Tissue Paper or Construction Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Yarn
What You Do:
  • Give the kids the contact paper (or glue and wax paper) cut out as a sea creature. Then Let your kids make their own stain glass creature. After they have dried hang them in the window to make a beautiful stained glass look..
3D Sea Creatures
Submitted by Rebecca
What You Need:
  • Poster Board
  • Tissue Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Yarn
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Cotton Balls or Cutup Paper
What You Do:
  • Give each child a cutout of some creature. Let them decorate the creature however they want (hint: for cool gills use glue and sprinkle glue on it). Then connect the two halves, stuffing them with the cotton balls. Makes a great 3D fish.
Finger Paint Sea Creatures
Submitted by Lori
What You Need:
  • Contact Paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Yarn
  • Glitter
  • Finger Paint
  • Sponge (For Sponge Paints)
What You Do:
  • Cut out the construction paper in the shape of a creature and give all of your kids a cutout. Let them use all of the above materials to create their own creatures.
Idea:
Cheerios make a great suction cup look on starfish.
Wax Paper Sea
Submitted by Pam
What You Need:
  • Wax Paper
  • Construction Paper
  • Paint
What You Do:
  • Have your children paint their wax paper like the sea (blue and green paint). Then have them cut out different sea creature's shapes from the paper and stick them on the wax paper (the creatures will stick to the paint as it dries).
Paper Plate Aquarium
Submitted by Halena
What You Need:
  • Tissue Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Yarn
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Paper Plates or Clean Meat Trays
  • Plastic Wrap
What You Do:
  • Give the kids a paper plate (or meat tray) and have them create an aquarium scene on the top side of the plate. Then over that plate tape a second plate (or meat tray) that you have cut out a hole at the top (can cover with Plastic wrap). This makes it look like your looking into an aquarium.
Bubble Sea Creatures
Submitted by Margarita
What You Need:
  • Bubbles
  • Paper
What You Do:
  • Have your children cut out a sea creature shape from paper. Then give them bubbles colored several different colors. Have them blow these bubbles onto their creature cutouts. This creates really neat designs.
Idea:
To make shiny crabs (or other creatures) add cornstarch to your paint.
Rainbow Fish
(After reading: Rainbow Fish Book)
Submitted by Hazel
What You Need:
  • Poster Board or Construction Paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Aluminum Foil (For Shiny Gills)
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Cotton Balls or Cut-Up Paper
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • First Read the Book and then let your kids design their own rainbow fish.
Idea:
Let your children paint with rubber worms attached to fishing line!
Submitted by Dianne
Under The Sea
Submitted by Trish
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Sand
  • Saran Wrap
What You Do:
  • Have you children create a sea scene by spreading glue on the bottom of the paper and sprinkling sand on it. Next, they can cut out different sea creatures and attach them to the paper. Finally, cover the paper with blue Saran Wrap to make it look like it is under water.
Idea:
sponge painting sea creatures creates a neat ocean look.
Sub. by Lori
Sea Urchin
Submitted by Tina
What You Need:
  • Play Dough (Make your own in the recipes section)
  • Tooth Picks
  • Paint or color the play dough
What You Do:
  • Talk about Sea Urchins and show your kids pictures of sea urchins, Then let them create their own sea urchins using the above materials.
Idea:
Have children use crushed Cornflakes or cornmeal to paint on starfish to make a realistic feel
Shaken Confetti Fish
Submitted by Val
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • Have all of your children rip up small pieces of paper and put them in a garbage bag. Then have then cut out a sea animal shape. Next, have them cover the shape with glue. Finally, they can put the animal (with glue still wet) in the garbage bag and shake it. The confetti will stick to the glue.
Idea:
Painting with bubble wrap makes great suckers on starfish.
Paper Plate Fishbowl
Submitted by Cory
What You Need:
  • Tissue Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Yarn
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Paper Plates
  • Plastic Wrap
What You Do:
  • Cut off the top of a paper plate to make it look like a fishbowl. Have them create an aquarium scene on the bottom of the plate. Then have them cut out fish shapes and attach to the bowl.
Idea:
Make a paper mache sea creature
Decorative Shells
Submitted by Andrea
What You Need:
  • Large Pasta Shells
  • Paint
What You Do:
  • Give your children large pasta shells (the bigger the better) then have them paint them any way that they want. Explain to your children that no two shells are the same just like their shell creations are all different.
Idea:
when your children's sea paintings are drying sprinkle salt on the top of them. When it dries it will create neat patterns in the painting.
Hand Octopus
Submitted by Lori
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Finger Paints
What You Do:
  • Let the kids put finger paint all over their hands (in any combination that they wish) then have them put a hand print on the paper. Next have them put another hand print overlapping the last but pointing in the opposite direction. The base of the hand creates the body of the octopus. The fingers make the tentacles.
Idea:
Have your children paint with seashells, dry seaweed, dry kelp, dry starfish, etc.
Sandpaper Creatures
Submitted by Charlette
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Sand Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Crayons
  • Iron
What You Do:
  • Cut out the sand paper creatures in the shape of various sea creatures. Let the kids color the sea creatures (The more times they go over an area or harder they press the better). Then put the sand paper face first on another piece of paper. Go over the paper with a warm Iron. This will create a neat picture on the paper.
Paper Plate Jellyfish
Submitted by Tina
What You Need:
  • Paper Plates
  • Glue (dyed an appropriate color)
  • Tissue paper
What You Do:
  • Cut paper plate in half and cover plate with glue (colored a color of a jellyfish). Add googly eyes and strips of tissue paper (same color as glue) for tentacles.
Paper Bag Fish
Submitted by Janet
What You Need:
  • Paper Lunch Bah
  • Paint
  • Tape
  • Yarn
What You Do:
  • Give each of your children a paper lunch bag, Have them paint the bottom third of the bag. Next fold the bottom of the bag to form a point (tape it). Tie the open ends of the bag together and with yarn. Now your children can add a fish face and you have a cute fist.
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