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O is for Ocean

on December 14, 2012

Ocean week was a splash! I wanted to plan a really special week with lots of crafts, games and activities to keep the kids busy because George was going to be out of town and I knew we’d all be missing him. For starters, this site has a lot of great ocean themed file folder activities for a range of ages – things like color matching for Joseph, and odd & even numbers and place value which were perfect for Jorja. In this game, you’re supposed to cover all the odd (or even) numbered hermit crabs with clams. For Joseph, I modified it and just had him cover up whichever number I called out (up to 12).


hermit crab odd & even game

One thing I did that was soooo simple but they really loved was drawing little fish and put a number in each one then they had to use bingo daubers to make that number of air bubbles . . . for Jorja I put addition problems in the fish . . . I ended up making these up almost every day at their request!


Ocean bingo was another big hit . . .



We also had some pretty great books. Commotion in the Ocean is my favorite and actually what inspired me to pick this theme for O week 🙂


We did a lot of crafts. The easiest was O prints (we used paper cups, tp rolls, medicine cups, etc.) . . .

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis toilet paper roll octopus is really simple as well.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd the handprint crabs turned out really cute!


handprint crab

For this ocean scene we made prints with bubble wrap for the background then glued on ocean creatures they had painted and glittered.


We made up a fresh batch of this incredible playdough, and made fish, sea stars, sea urchins, etc.


Now I’m no culinary artist, but my kids were super impressed with this ocean supper and even insisted on calling daddy to tell him they ate octopus! (Of course the mere thought of actual sea food disgusts them all three of us).

octopus, sea stars, sea urchin and fishies!

octopus, sea stars, sea urchin and fishies!

We had a really fun week. I think I enjoy having a theme each week almost as much as the kids do. Tune in next week to see what P is for !!!! 🙂


5 responses to “O is for Ocean

  1. Alicia S. says:

    I think we’ll do the addition fish today. We don’t have those cool bingo daubers, but maybe we’ll just use our fingerprints. 🙂

  2. Shannon says:

    Love your dinner! I’d say you are an artist for sure! 🙂

  3. sdlawmama says:

    Love that ocean bingo idea! You are so creative!

  4. […] (The idea for this cute crab came from The Learning House.) […]

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