R was 16 months old at the time of this activity
Swimmy by Leo Lionni – Swimmy is a great story about a little fish who over came adversity and encouraged others to not be afraid. Leo Lionni writes wonderful stories that have many life lessons. I loved using her books in my classroom as a spring board for discussing many topics such as bullying or self esteem.
1. Sandy Scene
I’ve finally put sand in half of R’s sand and water table. I pulled out the shells again and offered her an invitation to play. She went back and forth between the water and sand and was engaged for over 30 mins. R especially enjoyed using a smaller shell as a scoop to fill a larger shell with sand. Offering children simple items to play with is a great way to engage their imagination and to see their ability to represent one object as something else. Here, R used a shell as a scoop.
2. Tissue Jellies
I began this activity by exploring pictures on google images of jellyfish with R. She enjoyed scrolling through all the photos. I had done a similar activity during our goldilocks week and thought it would be fun for R to get more practice with gluing. She made a collage with coloured tissue paper. She first covered the surface of the paper with water using a brush (last time we used watered down glue) and then put tissue paper down. I encouraged her to use different colours to represent different parts of the image. She often wanted to dump the entire contents of the bowls, but I continued to encourage her to use a few pieces of tissue paper at a time. Once all the tissue paper was used up, she put the brush down and walked off. She was done!
a. Allow the child to first draw an underwater theme on the water colour paper using a black permanent marker.
b. Have the child tell you a story about what is happening in the photo and the adult can scribe the story for the child.
3. Ocean Invitation
As soon as R saw this activity out, she started shouting “wow” over and over. I set up an “under water” fort with a variety of sea creatures inside. The fort was made very simply using two large couch cushions and a light blue sheet draped over top. There were either one, two or three of a kind of a creature hidden about. I asked R to locate a specific creature (such as an octopus) and then I would count the number she found. I’d then ask her to find a different one, and I’d count again.
a. Have the child count the items on his/her own.
b. Ask the child to locate a sea creature that begins with a specific letter. For example, find a sea creature that begins with the letter “C”.