Read on to see some wonderful ocean crafts!
I’m not a huge fan of screen time for children. I prefer my children to be outdoors, exploring nature and experiencing the real thing up-close and in person.
Still, I’ve come to realise that a it of screen time isn’t all bad.
One afternoon, Miss Possum and I snuggled down and watched the movie Finding Nemo. It was a brilliant introduction to ocean creatures.
Animals with human-like characteristics can build a strong, almost instant connection with a child. When Poss started quoting some of the dialogue, after one viewing, I knew she was hooked.
Together, we decided that we would make our play-room into an ocean… and so started a month-long process of planning, creating, and pretending. If your kids love Finding Nemo, or just sea life in general, they may enjoy doing the same!
Plan the ocean crafts for your playroom
We gathered books about the ocean from the library and used them to plan the ocean crafts we’d need to create our environment. After all, fish need somewhere to swim, right?
Miss Possum Chose the animals we would have in our underwater room. A mermaid came up a few times, but I promptly reminded her that she was the mermaid! Ha.
Building the ocean craft playroom
Firstly, every blue sheet in the house was spread out on the playroom floor.Then, Miss Possum chose the animals; a fish was her first choice.
We painted newspaper and then used a template to cut out the fish.
We also made a jelly fish, an octopus, crabs, a turtle, a sea anemone (yep, they are animals) and a shark. While making our creatures, we talked about the parts of their bodies, what they ate, and where they lived in the ocean.
Playing in the underwater Playroom
Don’t underestimate pretend play. Pretend play is a fun way to learn and have kids absorb new information effortlessly.
I was told I was a whale (not impressed!) and Miss Possum was a mermaid of course! We dipped and dived in the water. We swam away from sharks and watched the sea turtles swimming in the current, just like in the movie.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that indoor activities can inspire wildlife education, too. Who knew a movie would inspire such educational fun?
How has a movie or television inspired you and/or your children?
Pssst… if you want lots more nature play ideas just like this, be sure to check out the Nature Play Club! New resources are being added – you’ll never run out of activities to keep your little ones busy in nature.