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