Sea Life Activity ROUND UP!

I’m fascinated by sea life. Coincidentally, I can’t swim. And I’m allergic to fish.
THAT ASIDE, I find such a peaceful place when I’m around fish, at the aquarium, browsing fish tanks, even just watching beautiful sea creatures on TV shows.
As it happens, Leo has inherited this fascination too, though I’m sure it has something to do with having such a strong relation to the beach, easily one of his top 5 best places to Toddler.

toddler kid turtle aquarium Otter Rocks vlog

So, naturally, we decided to dive into a sealife unit! We did one briefly last year but it really was more rock pools at the time, this time we drifted, quite unplanned, into greater depths.

Enjoy our round up of clips of our sea life themed activity unit, please leave a message or any comments on either of these pages and I’ll get back to you, and find some further details for what you watch in the clip and how you might be able to enjoy some of the same activities with your tots!

Otter Rocks Sea Life Activities

Leo is 2 and a half at the time of this unit.

STORYBOOKS

First Place Freddie

The Snail and the Whale

Tiddler

Smiley Shark

REFERENCE BOOKS AND ALTERNATIVE PLAY BOOKS

(We loved reading these books anywhere, but particularly loved reading our storybooks in the garden layered up with blue fabrics and nets with our cuddly octopuses and using small musical instruments to explore moments of emotions, tension and feelings while we read.)

Under The Sea Magnetic Story Book

National Geographic’s Little Kids First Big Book Of The Ocean 

Usbornes Under The Sea Sticker and Colouring Book 

CREATIVE PLAY

Play Dough and Small World play (great with foraged shells!) with these printables from Picklebums!

Painted Shall Crabs craft from Red Ted Art

Tearing paper and glue dabber Shark – quickly drew myself and paper from our craft stash.

Neon Tropical Fish – We love these paints from Wilkos (way more neon than that photo suggests!)
No templates, I sketched outlines from his books.

Under the Sea colouring and word identification from Twinkl here and here 

ROLE PLAY AND PHYSICAL PLAY

Jumbo Chalk ‘East Australian Current’ from Finding Nemo for action running being turtles, clown fish, sharks, jelly fish and pelicans.

Blue plastic sheeting, blue fabrics and stashed blue netting for roleplaying Smiley Shark storyline on the floor with cut out silver paper fish to rescue.

Jellyfish Puppets from a printable from Picklebums.

LOGIC, MATHEMATICAL THINKING, LANGUAGE AND IDENTIFICATION

Flashcards for matching up with colouring sheets, identification missions in his National Geographic book and more from Twinkl.

Seahorse Number Cards prinable from Twinkl.

Under The Sea Counting Line printable from Twinkl.

Under The Sea Counting Work Sheet printable from Twinkl.

Felt cut out of Smiley Shark from the story book for tooth placement activity, counting out and fine motor.

SEA LIFE TV SHOWS AND MOVIES

Finding Nemo 

A Turtle Tale (was recommended to us but we didn’t get a chance to see it!)

Little Einsteins Whale Tale on youtube

David Attenborough’s The Blue Planet – Available on Netflix

DAY TRIPS

We loved visiting our local beaches for rockpools and shell foraging (which I didn’t get any footage of, at any occasion! Argh!) and also can’t recommend The National Marine Aquarium enough! (full day trip vlog of the Aquarium to follow!)

If you have any questions at all, or would like to see more thorough compilations of our themed play units in the future, craft tutorials, etc, please let me know!

Please note that this post’s activities are based on resources that I pulled together myself, mostly on the spot, and I have received no sponsorship or contribution.

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Ready, set, REAL!

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 We’ve been creating YouTube videos, mainly vlogs for some time now. Since April, (though some of my earlier attempts are now hidden!) I have been sharing small doses of of our adventures, occasional art videos and the alike, but recently Darren and I decided that we’d like to take it a step further and provide some focus on my YouTube venture and make it a bigger part of our lives.

After a rotten time having my Personal Independence Payments interview (in which I was so sick from the experience that I fainted across the desk) only to later be informed that they basically had a ridiculous measure of my abilities and appeared to have disregarded all of the incredibly thorough application that I put together and also the information provided by my doctors and consultants, we were hurt. Badly.

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While we are grateful that we were indeed awarded some money, roughly the same that I have been receiving for the last 7 years on Disability Living Allowance with only M.E and anxiety diagnosed, rather than the lengthy debilitating list of conditions that have since made themselves very apparent, we decided that we wanted to step up and make two things available for viewing.

Firstly, a vlog with some transparency. I don’t mind literally filling video after video with dreary commentary of what pain I’m feeling when, because while that is part of my reality, it is both unhealthy for my focus and it’s unnecessary to fill a video with. What we hope to do is provide insight to life lived with restrictions. How I parent day to day unable to stray far from my front door without assistance, keeping up with a bonkers toddler, and the alike.

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The second thing we wanted to clarify for viewers is how we keep our chins up, how we laugh, how we make the best of our world and all of its flaws. I am alive, and it is a blessing, afterall, to have the privilege of growing old, of goofing around with my son, of walking down the bumpy but mostly sweet roads of marriage, even though it is hard.

Life is tough, everyone encounters toughness. Mine are invisible and often encroach upon the lives of others, in fact, I have to lay down all of my toughness to be torn apart, put back together again, judged, twisted and given a monetary value, just to be given some support and recognition by our government. It’s wounding to be so badly identified, so wildly misunderstood, when pain is at the epicentre of your life.

So here is our offering. We are laying it out. Not to be praised for our efforts, not attract attention, to rain woe. Just so that we know that we have offered what we can to some people, just for them to understand us a bit better.

That girl’s sick. That girl, is really not well. That girl, is very happy.

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So as I prepare to keep this up and keep this going, I’ve created this blog as a landing area, our permanent plot, if you will, for those who want to inquire of our persons, our loves and our general constants.

Welcome!