July’s themed box is The Ocean Box, and it’s also just in time for Shark Week, so we gathered fun and exciting Ocean-themed books, fingerplays, and activities on Shark Week for preschoolers to go with it! Are you ready to embark on an exciting journey beneath the shimmering waves? Join us as we explore the wonders of the ocean with our preschoolers through a world of play, creativity, and learning! Get ready to make a splash with these ocean-themed adventures that will have your little ones giggling, learning, and clamoring for more. Let's make a splash together! 🌊💦
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Summer is here, and so are hot days on the beach! And on days that are too hot to go out and have fun in the ocean, you can still make your little one enjoys the summer while learning at home through these fun Ocean-themed activities for Shark Week! Check out these suggested Ocean-themed books, fingerplays, and activities on Shark Week for preschoolers while waiting for The Ocean Box. And if you haven’t subscribed to My Pre-K Box just yet, feel free to read on and grab freebies for more summer learning fun!
Top 5 Ocean-themed Books for Preschoolers
1 Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz
This colorful and rhyming book is filled with poems and fun rhymes about the creatures who live in and around the ocean. Children will delight in the snappy poems and colorful illustrations about whales, walruses, penguins, polar bears, stingrays, and sharks. It's a great choice for introducing preschoolers to different marine animals.
2 The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
This classic story follows the journey of a very beautiful rainbow fish with colorful scales who was too proud and vain at the beginning but learns the importance of sharing and friendship soon. The vibrant illustrations and valuable lessons make it a beloved choice for young children.
3 Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle
In this book, Eric Carle celebrates the amazing world of seahorses and other ocean fathers who care for their offspring. The book features Carle's signature collage illustrations and teaches children about the unique parenting roles in the animal kingdom.
4 Hello, World! Ocean Life by Jill McDonald
This board book is perfect for introducing ocean life to preschoolers. It provides simple and age-appropriate information about various marine creatures along with bright illustrations and engaging facts. Hello, World! Ocean Life is part of a best-selling series and it is a perfect way to bring science, nature, and culture into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops!
5 Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes and Jeanette Canyon
This interactive counting book takes children on an underwater adventure through a coral reef. It introduces different sea creatures and their habitats while also incorporating a counting element that engages young readers.
These books are not only entertaining but also educational, allowing preschoolers to explore the wonders of the ocean in a fun and engaging way!
Here's your first gift - an Ocean-themed worksheet pack!
Help your little ones practice their math and literacy skills through our Ocean Preschool Fun Pack - a collection of ocean-themed worksheets for preschoolers! Dive into an ocean of learning with your kids as they learn sorting, counting, coloring, letters, sounds, and so much more! Read more about the Ocean Preschool Fun Pack on our upcoming blog post (so stay tuned!), or grab a copy now for FREE!
5 Ocean-themed Fingerplays for Preschoolers
1 Five Little Fishes (sing in the tune of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed)
Five little fishes swimming in the sea, (Hold up five fingers and make a swimming motion)
Teasing Mr. Shark, "You can't catch me!" (Wave fingers tauntingly)
Along came Mr. Shark, as quiet as can be, (Make a "shh" motion with a finger)
And SNAPPED that fish right out of the sea! (Clap hands together)
2 The Waves (sing in the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
The waves at the beach go up and down, (Move arms up and down like waves)
Up and down, up and down.
The waves at the beach go up and down,
All day long.
The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish, (Swim fingers through the air)
Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish.
The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish,
All day long.
3 I'm a Little Fish (sing in the tune of I’m a Little Teapot)
I'm a little fish, swimming in the sea, (Wiggle fingers like a swimming fish)
Come and swim along with me.
Watch me wiggle, watch me glide,
In the big, blue ocean, so deep and wide.
4 The Octopus (sing in the tune of I’m a Little Teapot)
I'm an octopus, watch me swim, (Wiggle fingers like an octopus)
With eight arms, oh so slim.
I can squeeze and I can hide, (Make squeezing and hiding motions with fingers)
In a den beneath the tide.
5 Five Little Seashells (sing in the tune of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed)
Five little seashells on the shore, (Hold up five fingers)
Washed by the waves, again and more.
A seagull swoops, picks one for a shell, (Pretend to swoop with hand)
And flies away with a squawking yell! (Flap arms and squawk)
Fingerplays are a fun and interactive way for preschoolers to engage with the ocean theme while developing fine motor skills and coordination. You can also incorporate other nursery rhyme tunes to go with these fingerplays. Enjoy these fingerplays with your little ones!
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Other Fun and Educational Ocean-themed Activities for Preschoolers
1 Ocean-themed Sensory Play
Fill a large container with water, blue food coloring, and various ocean-themed items such as toy sea animals, seashells, and pebbles to create an ocean sensory bin! Let your preschooler explore and play with the materials, encouraging them to describe the textures, colors, and sounds they experience.
2 Ocean Art
Set up an art station where your little ones can create their own ocean scenes. Provide them with blue construction paper or poster board, colored pencils, crayons, or watercolors. Encourage them to draw or paint fish, dolphins, seaweed, and other ocean elements. You can also offer materials like glitter or tissue paper for additional texture and sparkle. This is a great way to practice process art and develop their creativity and imagination!
3 Ocean Yoga
Teach preschoolers simple ocean-themed yoga poses. For example, they can pretend to be a fish swimming, a starfish stretching, or a seagull flying! You can find resources online that provide visuals and instructions for child-friendly yoga poses. This is a fun way to teach them yoga and exercise too!
4 Shell Sorting and Counting
Collect different types of seashells and have your child sort them by size, color, or shape. They can also practice counting the shells and matching them to their corresponding number. Kids will definitely enjoy it, and more importantly, it helps their sensory development, and they get to practice their fine motor, counting, and sorting skills.
5 Ocean Science Experiment
Conduct a simple yet exciting ocean-themed science experiment with your little ones. For example, fill a bowl with water and ask your child to guess if various objects will sink or float. They can test their predictions and learn about buoyancy and density.
Remember to adapt the activities based on the age and abilities of the preschoolers, and always supervise them during hands-on activities. These ocean-themed activities will help foster creativity, sensory exploration, and knowledge about the marine world in an engaging and playful way!
Here's one last gift for today!
Enjoy summer with these absolutely cute Summer Pom Pom Mats! Kids will surely love creating summer-themed images with the help of our FREE printable fine motor mats! All you need to do is print these Summer Pom Pom Mats and prepare colorful pom poms and pencils, and you're good to go. This will help in developing not only their fine motor skills but also their counting, color, and pattern recognition skills! Learn more about our Summer Pom Pom Mats here, and download it now!
Woah, that’s a lot of Ocean-themed activities for Shark Week! They’ll surely have a blast (and splash!) with these exciting activities that you can try at home before or after having fun with The Ocean Box!
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