When I shared our Ocean Unit I mentioned that National Geographic Kids Oceans was one of our favorite books. There is one page in particular that Big Buddy loves - he'll study it for several minutes at a time.
|national geographic kids oceans, pages 58-59|
Since he's so captivated by the picture we've read the text several times and decided it would be fun to create our own ocean layers...
Our supplies: blue, black, and white paint, small bowls, stir sticks, bubble wrap, sponge brushes, white paper/foam board, sea life stencils, markers, stickers.
Step 1: pour a little blue paint into the three bowls.
Step 3: add a bit of black paint to one cup to create a darker shade of blue. This will be the bottom ocean layer/midnight zone. The remaining cup of blue paint is the middle layer/twilight zone.
Step 4: paint bubble wrap with the three different shades of blue. Painting the lightest shade on top and the darkest on the bottom.
Step 5: flip bubble wrap on to white paper/foam board and press down.
Step 6: let paint dry completely.
Step 7: decorate paper/foam board using markers, sea life stencils, and stickers. While reading the book we talked a lot about what animals live in what layers. We didn't focus on this too much during the craft but instead I let the boys follow their on creative ideas.
|the stickers were a great fine motor activity for mini|
|big buddy's picture|
|mini man's picture|
My favorite part of this craft was the stories the boys made up about their pictures
|big buddy: "these fish don't see the shark because he's camouflaged, they |
are swimming right into his mouth! this fish sees him and is swimming
away super fast!
|mini man: "that's a baby fish and that's a daddy fish - they love each other|
so they are kissing."