My "Mother's Morning Out" program this week was ocean themed. What a blast!
I was excited for the fun songs we sang, and my kids must have loved the songs too because we're still singing them around the house. Plus, I think our fish project was the cutest thing we've made so far in preschool.
Read on for a few music and activity ideas.
Here are some of the songs from my lesson plan:
"Slippery Fish" (found here)
Slippery Fish, Slippery Fish....
Swimming through the water (use hands to act out fish swimming through the
Slippery Fish , Slippery Fish
Gulp, Gulp (Open your mouth and gulp)
OH NO ! (When you say this, put hands on face)
He got eaten by........
A Tuna Fish, A Tuna Fish.....
Swimming through the water (use hands to act out a tuna fish swimming through
A Tuna Fish, A Tuna Fish
He got eaten by........
An Octopus, an Octopus....
Swimming through the water (wiggled our fingers)
An Octopus, an Octopus...
OH NO !
He got eaten by.......
A Great Big Shark, A Great Big Shark....
swimming through the water (make a shark fin on top of your head)
A Great Big Shark, A Great Big Shark.....
He got eaten by....
A Big Fat Whale, A Big Fat Whale.....
swimming through the water (Use a deep voice and hold arms out to your sides
to look like a Big Fat Whale)
A Big Fat Whale, A Big Fat Whale....
EXCUSE ME! (use a higher voice to say this part)
"Swimming in the sea" (found here)
Sung to: "Doo-wa diddy diddy"
There I was just swimming in the sea
singing oooo wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee
All the sudden there's a dolphin
next to me
singing ooo wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee
She swam fast (use hands to swim fast)
she swam fast
She swam slow (use hands to swim slow)
she swam slow
Then she swam a little more (use hands to swim normally)
do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee
We made up a verse for each ocean creature as they called them out: turtles, fish, whales, sharks, crabs, etc.
We created two art projects: a fish and a jellyfish.
1. To make the colorful fish above, give each child a paper plate and lots of cut up tissue paper. I had a bowl fll of different colors of tissue paper cut into 1in squares. I drizzled some glue on each plate, and then the kids filled it up with tissue paper. They love art activities that involve glue! Later on, during lunchtime, I cut a triangle out of each plate for the mouth, and I added the tail and eye to each picture.
2. For the jellyfish pictures, each child picked a cupcake liner, flattened it, glued it to their construction paper, and then drew squiggly lines for its legs. Then we added another flattened cupcake liner on top for a more dimensional look.
Here are some of the activities we enjoyed:
1. Run around like different ocean animals. Do the crab walk, crawl like a turtle, use your hands like shark teeth and chomp while your run, swim like a fish, etc. Preschool kids love to run!
2. Add some blue food coloring to a water half-empty water bottle. Let the kids make waves with the blue water. I added small sequins to the water as fish.
3. Play "color corners." Put different colored fish pictures around the room and then give the command to find that color. We pretended to be sharks, so we "ate" the fishes of each color. Again, running games are great!
4. Hula dance
5. Learned basic anatomy of a fish and a dolphin. You can discuss other ocean animals too.
These are just a few of the things we did. Pinterest has tons of ideas for more activities, songs, and art projects. Enjoy preparing your preschool lesson! Hope these ideas were helpful to you.