We are studying "the ocean" as our theme for this month. I am all about creating as many hands-on activities for the kids to engage all of their senses. So I thought a good way for the children to learn about what lives in the ocean was to build our own. We started with a shoe box we had left over.
The kids painted the water using glitter glue (because that is what I had available). I thought it turned out well and looked "authentic".
The kids painted glue on the bottom of the box, then we poured sand for the ocean floor.
To finish it we found pictures from the internet of various ocean animals: great white shark, hammerhead shark, jellyfish, octopus, sea turtle, coral reef, and starfish then hung them from strings of various lengths. We even had a killer whale jumping through the top of the box. We made ocean plants from bent green pipe cleaners.
Have you created something similar? I'd love to hear about it!