R was 16 months old at the time of this activity
Fishy Tales by DK Readers – Fishy Tales is a non-fiction book with stunning photographs. Each two-page spread has a new sea creature to discover. Inside, you will find simple labeled diagrams of coral, fish, turtles, sea horses, starfish, jellyfish, sharks, octopus, crabs, rays, dolphins, and eels.
1. Beach Bin
I offered R a textured ocean and beach themed sensory bin as an invitation to play. She wasn’t engaged for very long until I added a scoop and sieve. The sensory bin had brown decor sand at one end to represent the beach. Next, I added small pebbles to represent a pebbled shore line. Next, I added white stone granules to represent the waves crashing on the shore. Finally, ocean was represented by blue coloured moon sand I had made a few weeks ago. To add more textures to the sensory bin, I added some small shells and beach glass. The recipe for the moon sand is as follows:
2 cups play sand or decor sand
1 cup corn starch
Mix thoroughly until well blended
Slowly add 1/2 cup of water until the moon sand is a crumbly texture but can hold form.
To enhance the sensory experience, I played ocean sounds with seagulls from youtube. R loved running her hands through all of the different textures.
a. Add small ocean animals to encourage more imaginative play.
b. Have the child sieve the rocks into another container to separate them from the sand.
2. Stamping Fish
I cut a sponge into fish-like shapes. We used red, blue and yellow paint to continue to explore the primary colours and stamped away. R still prefers smearing to stamping, but she had fun; especially when she got to smear the paint on her feet. Painting often becomes a sensory experience for R since she loves the way the paint feels on her hands and feet. On days where I want to contain the mess, I have her paint while she is sitting in her high chair. Today, I felt like letting her go at it and make a mess! After having a rough weekend being sick, she totally deserved it!