(Open picture game-Submarines) Print and laminate the pictures in the format you prefer. Use them to spark a conversation with your group. Ask children questions about the theme.
Illustrated discussion board
(Open picture game-Submarines) Print several pictures linked to your theme and glue them on a large piece of colorful cardboard. Laminate it. During circle time, use your illustrated board to present various items associated with your theme. Give each child a dry-erase marker. During your discussion period, children can circle the items they are able to identify. This will help younger children visualize what you are talking about.
A treasure hunt to discover the theme
(Open educa-decorate-Submarines) Print and laminate. Set the items throughout your daycare. Ask children to find them and bring them to you. Together, name the items associated with your theme. Encourage your group to guess the theme.
(Open thematic poster-Submarines) Print, laminate, and display where children are sure to see it.
(Open educa-theme-Submarines) Print and laminate the different elements representing the theme. Use them to present the theme to your group (and children’s parents) while decorating your daycare.
(Open educa-decorate-Submarines) Print, laminate, and cut out the illustrations. Use them to decorate your walls and set the mood for the theme.
(Open stickers-Submarines) Print the illustrations on adhesive paper and use them to create a collection of unique stickers. Use them to reward children throughout the theme.
Hang artificial seaweed from your daycare ceiling. On the walls, display pictures of marine animals and let children observe and admire them throughout the week.
My submarine floor
(Open floor illustrations-Submarines) Print and have children color the items. Cut them out and press them on the floor using adhesive paper. The illustrations can delimit your daycare corners and workshops and be used to create a path linking various areas.
Bottom of the ocean
Create an area where you can set blankets, towels, tables and chairs, clothespins, etc. Add items that children can use to represent the bottom of the ocean. Use one side of a large cardboard box to represent a submarine that you can press on the wall. Throughout the theme, children will enjoy decorating the submarine a little more each day. We have prepared characters (Open submarine crew). Print them and invite children to color them. They can use adhesive putty to add them to your décor.
(Open picture game-Submarines) Use the pictures to decorate your daycare or to spark a conversation with your group. Print, laminate, and store the pictures in a Ziploc bag or in your thematic bin.
(Open activity sheets-Submarines) Print and follow instructions.
Writing activities-O like ocean
(Open writing activities-O like ocean) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.
VARIOUS WORKSHOPS-Marine animals
Have fun with these workshops created by Caroline Allard.
- Offer only blocks that are blue, brown, and green to represent water, the beach, and seaweed.
- Figurines that represent marine animals.
- Deposit a large piece of blue plastic (shower curtain) on the floor in your area. Children will enjoy building structures in the “water”.
- Encourage children to wear mittens to represent crab claws and have them try to manipulate blocks.
Arts & crafts:
- Add salt to your poster paint and observe the results once children’s paintings are dry. You may use sea salt, fine salt, coarse salt, etc. Notice the differences.
- Collages using seashells.
- Add fine sand to your poster paint or white glue.
- Use chalk to draw on sandpaper.
- Add construction paper tentacles around the outside of a paper plate to create an octopus.
- Green, blue, and brown tissue paper, cardboard, and cellophane paper.
- Group project involving gluing, cutting, painting, etc. to create an ocean scene.
- Make marine animal puppets and stick Popsicle sticks behind them.
- Paint using seagull feathers instead of paintbrushes.
- Provide materials children can use to make their own fishing rods.
- Coloring pages related to the theme.
- Marine animal stencils.
- Ocean-themed creative coloring activity.
- At the beach: sun hat, beach towels, sunglasses, sandals, sand toys, beach chairs, empty sunscreen bottles, magazines, etc.
- Deep sea fishing: rubber boots, fishing rods, bait, hats, fishing kit, nets, plastic fish, etc.
- Diving: diving gear, bathing suits, beach towels, oxygen bottles (2-litre soda bottles), anchor, etc.
- You may use blue and green electrical tape to delimit your area as well as represent water and the shore.
- Memory game involving marine animal illustrations.
- Homemade or store-bought puzzles of beach or ocean scenes.
- Magical seashells. Use three seashells (or plastic cups). Hide a marble under one of the seashells. Move all three seashells around and have children guess which one the marble is hiding under.
- Laminate a picture of a dolphin, a crab, or an octopus. Cut it into pieces to create an original puzzle.
- Provide tongue depressors (to represent crab claws) and pompoms (or pingpong balls) and encourage children to transfer them from one container to another.
- Play pin the tail on a dolphin or whale.
- Make your own ocean-themed manipulation bottles.
- Fill Ziploc bags with blue hair gel, blue salt, blue oil, etc. Seal the bags and use hot glue to prevent leaks. Children will love to manipulate the different substances without getting their hands dirty.
- Use modeling dough to sculpt marine animals in a variety of colors.
- Books related to the theme.
- CDs with wave or ocean sounds that children can listen to with headphones.
- Fish and marine animal picture books.
- Encourage children to invent stories using the illustrations of the educatall picture game.
- Hunt and seek activities.
- Different activity sheets related to the theme.
- Games using educatall word flashcards.
- Tracing activities and mazes.
- A cookie sheet filled with sand and a stick that can be used to draw or write in the sand.
- Laminated fish drawings that children can trace using a dry-erase marker.
- An obstacle course that children must complete while moving like a sea turtle, a crab, or a lobster.
- Attach a cushion to each child’s back and encourage them to crawl around the daycare like a turtle or a hermit crab. Divide your group into two teams and organize a race.
- Bowling: Glue pictures of marine animals on ten empty 2-litre soda bottles. Arrange them on the floor to represent bowling pins. Children attempt to make them fall down by rolling a ball towards them.
- Treasure hunt. Use ten pairs of brightly coloured fish and invite children to find the matching fish.
- During transitions, encourage children to move about like different types of marine animals.
- Fill a large container with sand and provide sand toys children can use to build sandcastles, dig tunnels, etc.
- Fill a container with pieces of blue ribbon, yarn, and string along with plastic fish and seashells.
- Make magnetic fishing rods out of wooden sticks, string, and magnets. Stick a paperclip to a variety of items and deposit them in a container. Children will love to “fish” them out.
- Fill a container with sticky blue substances (Jell-O, baby oil, etc.). Let children manipulate its contents with tiny containers that can be filled and emptied, kitchen utensils, or plastic marine animals. This activity can be a little messy, but children love getting dirty!
- Make your own wave machines. Have each child bring one empty 2-litre soda bottle from home. Add ½ cup of vegetable oil to each bottle before filling them with water. Let children add a few drops of food coloring before sealing their bottle with the cap. Children will love to shake their bottle to create waves galore.
- Seashells in different sizes and shapes and magnifying glasses children can use to observe them up close.
- Manipulation of different types of sandpaper.
- If possible, bring a live crab or hermit crab to your daycare to give children the chance to observe it. Otherwise, use pictures to present this type of creature to your group.
- Pictures of land turtles and sea turtles that can be compared.
- Use blue cellophane paper to observe a variety of items “under water”.
- What floats? What sinks?
- What does sea water taste like?
- Prepare a recipe using crab meat or Pollock.
- Taste (or simply observe) sardines.
The flashcards may be used during circle time to spark a conversation with the group or in your reading and writing area. They may also be used to identify your thematic bins. (Open word flashcards-Submarines) (Open giant word flashcards-Submarines) ocean, diving, underwater, to navigate, spy, amphibious, hull, submariner, submarine, marine animals, diving suit, sea bed
Over and under
Create a mural by pressing a large piece of dark blue paper on a wall below a large piece of light blue paper. Draw waves all over the bottom of half of your mural to represent the ocean. Children can use one of the submarines they have made during the theme to practice following verbal instructions. For example, you could say, “Your submarine is under the water’s surface, it’s at the bottom of the ocean, it floats above the water…”
Create classification games. Set all the items from the theme’s educa-decorate document in the center of the table. Ask children to pick one and associate it with a pre-determined category: size, color, theme, shape, etc.
Print and laminate the theme’s word flashcards. Have each child pick a word. They can take turns presenting their word to the group (ex. a diving suit). Discuss each item and ask children questions to see what they know about the theme.
(Open educa-chatterbox-Submarines) Print and laminate the cards. To create your chatterbox, you will need an empty shoebox or a small bin that you can decorate as you see fit. Fill it with tiny objects, illustrations, pictures, and accessories related to your theme. To help you, we have created a series of cards that you may use. During circle time or, for example, when children are waiting for their lunch, have them take turns picking a card or object out of your chatterbox and naming the corresponding item.
Picture clue story-The ocean
(Open picture clue story-The ocean) Print. Sit in a circle with your group and begin reading the story. Pause when you reach a picture clue and point to it. Encourage children to guess the missing word.
Story and memory game-Ocean
(Open story and memory game-Ocean) Print, laminate, and cut out the cards. Place them face down on the floor. Children take turns picking three cards and using the illustrated items to invent a story. If you prefer, print twice and use the cards for a memory game.
(Open felt board game-The ocean) Print the elements and glue them on pieces of felt. Press 4 pieces of black felt on a piece of cardboard to create a felt board and hang it on a wall. The felt pieces will stick to your board. Children will have fun using the items to create scenes and stories.
In the ocean, there are…
Form a circle with your group and give each child a marine animal name (shark, whale, crab, lobster, starfish, etc.). Stand in the center of the circle and toss a scarf up in the air as you say, “In the ocean there are…” (name a marine animal). The child who represents this marine animal must catch the scarf and toss it in the air as he calls out another marine animal.
ROUTINES AND TRANSITIONS
You will need a large cardboard box that you will set upside down on the floor. With your group, paint the box using yellow paint and cut 3 or 4 round windows out of one long side of the box. Cut another circle out of the top. The circumference of this circle should correspond to the size of a dryer hose. Insert a dryer hose in the hole to represent a periscope. Set your submarine next to your circle time area or, if you prefer, close to your reading area. During circle or story time, allow 2 or 3 children to sit in your submarine. They will enjoy looking out the small windows.
Submarine décor that represents our group
Hang a blue shower curtain in your daycare. Cut a submarine shape out of heavy cardboard and paint it with your group. Give each child a blue paper plate they can glue on the submarine to represent windows. Photograph children individually and let them glue their picture in their window. Provide washable markers. When they arrive in the morning, they can draw marine animals, seashells, seaweed, bubbles, etc. directly on the shower curtain, around the submarine. At the end of the day, you can simply erase their drawings with a moist towel so as to provide a clean drawing surface all over again.
Game-This is my spot-Marine animals
(Open game-This is my spot-Marine animals) Print two copies of each illustration. Use adhesive paper to stick one copy of each illustration on the table. Place the second copy in a bag. Children take turns picking an illustration to determine where they must sit at the table. You may also use the illustrations to determine children’s naptime spots or their place in the task train.
Modeling dough activity placemats-Submarines
(Open modeling dough activity placemats-Submarines) Print and laminate. Let children pick a placemat and provide modeling dough. Encourage them to use the dough to fill or reproduce the shapes that are on their placemat.
(Open string activities-Submarines) Print for each child. Children trace the lines with waxed string pieces (Wikki Stix). Variation: Trace the lines with glue and press string on the glue-covered lines. Wikki Stix are sold on the educatall online store:
Pinching colorful water
For this activity, you will need a large piece of bubble wrap. The larger the bubbles, the better! Glue your bubble paper in a window and set a towel on the floor, under it. With the children in your group, prepare small bowls filled with water. Add a few drops of a different color of food coloring to each bowl. Provide eyedroppers and show children how they can fill them with colorful water and then use them to punch a small hole in a bubble and empty the colorful liquid into it. Encourage them to mix different colors for additional exploration. Admire the colorful bubbles. Use this activity to test children’s color recognition skills.
On the hunt for spy submarines
(Open miniature submarines) Print, laminate, and cut out. Set submarines on items throughout your daycare. This submarine hunt can also be presented outdoors. Children collect the submarines in a net.
(Open lacing-The ocean) Print, laminate, and cut out. Let children lace the ocean-themed items.
Blow bubbles and invite children to make fish sounds as they race to pop them.
Pick a child who will become the shark. He chases his peers until he touches a child. The child who is touched becomes the shark. Variation: The child who is touched must stop in his tracks and remain perfectly still, with his arms out to his side. He can be saved if another child runs under one of his outstretched arms. Several children may have their arms out at the same time. Be sure to change “sharks” often.
Port side and starboard side
Sit in a circle with your group. Show them how “port side” is to the left and “starboard side” is to the right. Next, ask children to touch the child on their port side and the child who is on their starboard side. Once they understand this notion, set cones to their right and to their left. Have one child stand in the center. When you give the signal, shout, “port side to starboard side (or vice versa). Children must quickly go from one side of the “ship” to the other, without getting captured by the child in the center. If the child in the center catches one of his peers, the child who was touched takes his place between the cones.
Whale or shark?
Children sit in a circle. One player (player 1) walks around the outside of the circle, touching each child’s head as he says, “whale, whale, whale, etc.”. At some point, he must say “shark”. The child who is touched when he says “shark” (player 2) must jump up and run after player 1. If player 1 makes it around the circle and sits down in player 2’s spot before the latter touches him, player 2 becomes the one who walks around the circle for the next round. If the opposite occurs, player 1 resumes walking around the circle.
Use duct tape to draw 2 parallel lines on the floor. Set small aluminum pie plates filled with water between the lines. Children must cross over from one side to the other, without spilling the water. If a child touches the water, the other children must shout “man overboard”!
Colorful submarine assembly
(Open colorful submarine assembly) Print the submarine pieces and trace them on Fun Foam, making sure to use colors that match those of the illustrated submarines. Cut out the pieces and spread them out on a table, in front of your group. Print and laminate the colored submarines. Cut out the cards and give one to each child. Children must find the pieces required to reproduce the submarine that is illustrated on their card. Name the colors with your group.
(Open game-Four submarines) Print, glue the cards on opaque cardboard, and cut them out. Arrange all the cards upside down on the floor or table (so you can’t see the illustrations). Children take turns rolling a die. Every time a child rolls a “1”, he can turn a card. If he doesn’t already have this submarine in front of him, he keeps the card and places it in front of him for everyone to see. The first child who has collected all four submarines wins.
For this activity, you will have to collect, wash, and paint several rocks. For each submarine, you will need one large and long rock, 1 medium-sized rock and 3 small rocks. Paint each set of 5 rocks using a different color and let dry. Set all the rocks in a bin. Add a flexible drinking straw matching the color of the rocks to each set. (Open rocks-Submarines) Print the models and invite children to reproduce them with the rocks and straws. Name the colors with your group.
(Open educ-math-Submarines) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must count the items in each rectangle and circle the corresponding number.
Homemade wooden puzzles
Print pictures of submarines and color them if necessary. Press several Popsicle sticks together and glue a picture on top of them. Cut around each stick and set them in a Ziploc bag. Repeat with the other pictures. Children will enjoy placing the sticks in the correct order to see a submarine appear.
Giant path-Social distancing game
Assemble several giant Fun Foam puzzle pieces to create a path, much like a life-sized board game. (Open giant die-Under the sea) Print and laminate the die faces. Glue each image on one side of a cardboard box that you have previously wrapped with ocean-themed wrapping paper. Invite each child to pick a toy that they can set on the first puzzle piece, the start of the game. Children take turns rolling the die and moving their toy forward or backwards per the number of items shown on the die. For example, if a child rolls “+2 images”, he must move his toy forward 2 squares. If he rolls “-1 image”, he must go back one space. The first child who reaches the end of the game wins.
(Open educ-trace-Marine animals) Print for each child. Children must trace the dotted lines using a crayon of the corresponding color and then color each object using the same color.
(Open educa-symmetry-Marine animals) Print. Children must color the bottom picture to make it look exactly like the top picture.
(Open educ-intruder-Marine animals) Print and laminate. Children must find the six (6) intruders.
Educ-same and different-Marine animals
(Open educ-same and different-Marine animals) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must circle the illustration that is different in each row.
(Open bingo-The ocean) Print and laminate. Play bingo with your group.
Snakes and ladders-The ocean
(Open snakes and ladders-The ocean) Print and laminate. Use a die and tiny plastic fish as playing pieces.
Who lives where?
(Open association game-The ocean) Print and laminate. Children must decide if the fish and marine animals live in the ocean or in an aquarium.
Hunt and seek-The ocean
(Open hunt and seek-The ocean) Print and laminate. Children pick a card and search for the corresponding item in the scene.
(Open dress-up dolls-Diver) Print and laminate. Set the pieces on a table and let children have fun dressing the doll as they wish.
EARLY SCIENCE AND MANIPULATION
You will need a bottle with a cap (empty water bottle, soda bottle, etc.). Pour two cups of water into the container and add a few drops of blue food coloring. Shake the container. Add ½ cup of vegetable oil. The oil will rise to the surface. Add a fish, a plastic boat, and any other tiny objects you may have that represent marine life. Use hot glue to secure the cap and set aside to dry. Gently tip the bottle on its side to create waves. Children will love to see the objects move in the water.
Teach children how waves form with this simple experiment. You will need a large shallow container. Fill it halfway with water and give each child a drinking straw. Have them hold the straw close to the surface of the water and blow gently at first, and then much harder if they aren’t worried about getting wet!
Pour water into several different containers. Provide different ingredients children can use to experiment (salt, sugar, pepper, spices, sand, dirt, flour, etc.). Encourage children to add a small quantity of one of the ingredients to each container to see if it will dissolve.
This is the perfect activity for a hot summer day. Gather items that will float along with other items that will sink. Before dropping each item in the water, invite children to guess if it will sink or float.
Why do we float in the ocean?
Globule suggests an experiment that can be done with your group. For details, click here:
In your yard, transform your play cars to make them look like submarines. You can simply glue a dryer hose on the roof of each car. Diving masks will represent fun additions. Children will love wearing them as they drive their submarine around the yard. Draw a course in one corner of your yard. Your course may contain fish, seaweed, bubbles, waves, etc. Use you imagination.
Give each child 3 or 4 tentacles (pieces of fabric that they can insert around their waistline). Children will have fun trying to steal their peers’ tentacles. The object of the game is to be the first child to have 8 tentacles.
Organize a race where children must move about like crabs. Children can walk on their hands and feet, with their back to the floor. Challenge them to raise their hips.
Set several jumping ropes on the floor to represent ocean waves. Have children walk on the waves, making sure they don’t “fall” in the water.
Set exercise mats on the floor and invite children to crawl on them, like eels.
Set 3 hula hoops one behind the other on the floor (or use rope to draw 3 circles). Children form a circle around the hula hoops and take turns hopping in the circles to the sound of fast-paced music. When the music stops, if a child is in a circle, he is trapped and must act like a crab momentarily.
Play soft music containing ocean sounds. Encourage children to gently make wave-like motions with their arms. Reproduce the sound of the waves with your mouth. Gently sway side to side, as if you were being rocked by waves, etc.
ACTIVITIES INVOLVING PARENTS
Message in a bottle
Set a recycling bin filled with water next to your daycare entrance. Invite each child’s parents to write a message for their child and insert it in a plastic 2-litre soft drink bottle. When they are done, they can set their bottle in the bin. At the end of the theme, gather your group around the bin and let children take turns picking a bottle out of the bin. Read the messages out loud.
ARTS & CRAFTS
(Open glasses-Submarines) Print the model for each child. Invite them to cut out and color their glasses. Provide adhesive glitter they can press on the sides of their glasses. They will love wearing their special glasses when you are out and about in your neighborhood.
My submarine hat
Give each child a plastic egg. Invite them to cut a flexible drinking straw and imprison the straight part in the egg to represent a periscope. Next, help them glue a piece of colorful adhesive tape around their egg, set horizontally in front of them. Using a permanent marker, they can draw 3 round windows on either side of their submarine as well as a control center at the front. To complete their submarine, they can cut a pipe cleaner into 3 pieces and twist them together to represent a propeller that can be inserted in the hole at the bottom of the egg.
Give each child a paper plate and help them fold it in half to represent the base of a submarine. The fold shall be at the top whereas the contour of the plate will rest on the table, so it can rock “in the waves”. Next, children can paint both sides of the plate that are on the outside using the color of their choice. Once this is done, give them 3 colorful adhesive circles (to repair torn loose-leaf paper) that they can press on their submarine to represent windows. The next step will require they cut a cabin and propeller out of construction paper. They can glue the cabin on the fold and the propeller on the back of their submarine. Children can tear a blue crepe paper garland into pieces that they can glue along the contour of their plate to represent water.
(Open pieces to be glued-Submarines) Print and cut out the shapes. Children can trace them on colorful Fun Foam and cut them out. Help them inflate a cylindrical balloon that will become the base of their submarine. Using double-sided tape, children can press the pieces on their submarine. They will have fun playing with it or, if you prefer, you can hang the submarines from the ceiling to decorate your daycare throughout the theme.
(Open puppets-Submarines) Print the various models on cardboard. Ask children to cut them out and decorate them with arts & crafts materials. Glue a Popsicle stick behind each one to complete the puppets.
(Open models-Submarines) Print the various models and use them for crafts and activities throughout the theme.
(Open mandalas-Submarines) Print for each child. Invite children to color their mandalas to provide them with a relaxing activity whenever needed.
Have children build an aquarium using boxes of different sizes. If you wish, you may cut large rectangles out of the sides of a box (to represent the sides of the aquarium). Simply glue blue cellophane paper on them. Hang fish inside the box to personalize your aquarium.
Use torn pieces of construction paper to create marine scenes. Do not provide scissors; children must cut the paper using their fingers.
(Open craft-lobster) Print for each child and encourage them to color the pieces. Glue them on construction paper to solidify them and cut them out. Use fasteners to assemble the lobster parts so the claws can be moved.
Bottom of the ocean
Give each child a piece of heavy paper. Invite them to draw fish, seashells, seaweed, etc. on it using waxed crayons. When they are done, have them paint over their drawing with blue paint (color of water). Their drawing will not disappear since the paint will not adhere to the waxed crayon markings.
(Open craft-marine life mobile) Print. Use the shapes as models and trace them on heavy cardboard. Decorate them and cut them out. Use a hole-punch to make a tiny hole at the top of each shape and thread fishing wire or yarn through them (use different lengths). Hang the shapes from wooden skewers to complete your mobile.
Have children draw a simple picture using a wooden pencil. Ask them to apply white glue and press seashells all over their drawing.
(Open coloring pages theme-Submarines) Print for each child.
(Open creative coloring-The ocean) Print for each child. Have them draw what they see at the bottom of the ocean.
The educatall team