Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer Craft Camp-Ocean!

We started Craft Camp this week by playing in the sand. What better way to learn about the ocean and the beach then to FEEL like you are there.

The kids each got a few scoops of wet sand and they played with it for awhile.

Then we put all of our sand together and made a "sand castle."

After playing in the sand, we read "Commotion in the Ocean" by Giles Andreae. This book has a little blurp on 15 or so different ocean animals. The illustrations are darling and it is a rhyming book too.

We then played "Ocean Animals Matching" We used the game that I printed from this website: 1+1+1=1 ( She has lots of other cute stuff on there.

Now it is time to put together our "Beach I Spy Bag." (I had already sewn the bags together leaving a small hole in one side to put the "beach things.") Each kid got 10 items to put in their bag (most of the things were buttons I purchased from JoAnns Craft Store and then I got a basket of real seashells from the Dollar Tree and a Prehistoric Shark Toob I got at JoAnn's.)

Once all the "beach things" were in the bags we put about 2 1/2 cups of Hartz 100% Natural Corn Cob to hide the items. Then I sewed the hole closed and we attached the "what to look for" tag to the bag with some yarn.

We had Shark Fruit Snacks

We listened to "Fidgety Fish" by Ruth Galloway

We played several other games from this website: Homeschool Creations (

We learned the song "Octopus" from the "10 Carrot Diamond" CD by Charlotte Diamond.

Last thing before going home, we read "The Three Little Fish and The Big Bad Shark" by Ken Geist

The smile on their faces tells me they had a great time. We will have the I Spy bags for years to come.


Anonymous said...

After we left today Samantha said, "Mom. I want to go to the beach." Me too sister, me too!

Teaching Heart Mom said...

great ideas here! i am a new follower today.. thanks

Michelle said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Made by Little Hands Monday last week! I featured your post on my blog, I would love if you came by this evening after 8pm (PST) to check it out!
Thanks so much!! And I am a new follower!!