Thursday, July 14, 2011

Jellyfish and Octopi ... oh my!

Today, we stayed in and did lots of fun projects in continuance of our 'Ocean' curriculum.  We also took advantage of the extra time and made some really neat snacks to tie our theme all together!  Some photos:

Here is our 'School of Fish' snack, using dried apricots and mini pretzel twists.  For each fish, slit one end of an apricot and insert the bottom of your pretzel so the two humps of the pretzel are sticking out like a tail.  Pinch the apricot to hold the pretzel in place.  Next, pipe a cream cheese dot onto your apricot for the fish's eye.  (I used a Ziploc bag to pipe mine on.)  Finally, add a mini chocolate chip to the center of each fish's cream cheese eye, tip down.  Then, enjoy while reading your favorite fish tale!
 Ready to read, snack in hand, and making faces at the camera!
 'These fish are good!'
She asked me to take another picture of another 'funny face,' so, here you go!  :)
Working on our 'Handprint Fish' ... adding Cheerio bubbles ...
 Working on our clownfish math page ...
 Dot-to-dots ... Maggie's favorite!  :)
 The materials for our 'Flying Jellyfish' ... an empty, plastic single-serving fruit cup, Mod Podge, a paintbrush, glitter, small pieces of colored tissue paper, about 35 pieces of 1.5-feet long yarn and ribbon pieces, and one 2.5-feet long piece of yarn or ribbon.
 First, brush the inside of the fruit cup with a layer of Mod Podge.
Sprinkle some glitter into your wet cup, then add your small bits of tissue paper to the inside of the cup, brushing more Mod Podge over them as you go.  Then, allow the cup to dry.
Once the cup is dry, poke a hole through its bottom.  Then, gather your 35 or so pieces of yarn and ribbon into a neat bundle.  Use the one 2.5-foot piece of yarn to tie around the bundle, about 1 inch from the end.  Thread the ends of this piece of yarn up through the hole in the cup and tie it together for a hanging loop.  your jellyfish should now be complete!
Back to making funny faces ...
 She decided it looked best hanging from her closet door.
For lunch, we had tuna fish fish (yes, I meant to type that twice!) sandwiches, using circle and heart-shaped cookie cutters for the body and tail, olives for the eye and bubbles, and though I wish I had some red pepper or tomato for the mouth, I had to settle for a marascino cherry (though she didn't seem to mind).  I just laid him on a bed of 'rocks,' also known as Chex Mix!  :)
 We also had an octopus made of a green bell pepper (an orange one might have been better) and olive slices for eyes, sitting on a bed of ranch dip!
Making an ocean scene with reuseable stickers ...
 After that, we made our 'Watercolor Jellyfish,' first painting the jellyfish bodies with watercolor on thick paper ...
 After we made our three jellyfish bodies, we picked our picture up, added a small amount of water to each, and let the paint slide down for the tentacles.
 While it sat upright, we added a few more lines of paint to encourage the paint to fall into more tentacles!
 After we were satisfied with the amount of tentacles each jellyfish had, I taught her how to rub the bristles of her brush to splatter paint 'sea matter' around the fish.  (Am I crazy teaching my three-year-old to splatter paint?!)  :)
All done and ready to be displayed on the fridge!  (They look so good!)

Today, we:
1.  We watched our Disney Nature: Oceans DVD together.
2.  We read A Fish Out of Water by Helen Palmer.
3.  We read Disney's 1993 edition of The Little Mermaid.
4.  We read the 'Cleo the Clownfish' story out of our Animal Baby magazine, April 2009, pages 1-4.
5.  We ate a 'School of Fish' snack, using dried apricots and mini pretzel twists, as seen in Family Fun magazine, September 2008, page 86.
6.  We completed the 'How Many Do You See?' activity in our High Five magazine, February 2011, pages 16 and 17, which required her count different ocean animals in the painting.
7.  We completed the 'Ocean Animals' activity in our Animal Baby magazine, March 2009, pages 15-16.
8.  We completed the 'Fish Search' activity in our Animal Baby magazine, November 2008, pages 15-16.
9.  We made the 'Handprint Fish' as seen in our Animal Baby magazine, November 2008, back cover.
10.  We read Shel Silverstein's 'Fish?' poem out of his Where the Sidewalk Ends, page 145.
11.  We did a clownfish math worksheet out of one of our Animal Planet coloring books, that required her to count the number of clownfish in the picture, then identify the correct number below the fish.
12.  We did three dot-to-dot worksheets, one of an octopus, a shark, and a jellyfish.
13.  We made the 'Flying Jellyfish' craft as seen in a cut-out from Family Fun magazine, using an empty, plastic single-serving fruit cup and yarn and ribbon pieces.
14.  For lunch, we made the 'Tuna Fish Sandwich' as seen in Family Fun magazine, March 2011, page 51, using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, a circular cookie cutter, and olives for the eyes and the fish's bubbles.
15.  Also for lunch, we made the 'Garden's Octopus' snack as seen in a cut-out from Family Fun magazine, using a bell pepper and sliced olives for the eyes.
16.  We completed our 'The Deep Blue Sea' worksheets with reuseable stickers, which required her to decorate an ocean scene with sea life stickers, and observe all the different colors that one can find in the ocean.
17.  We completed the 'Something's Fishy!' worksheet in our Getting Your Preschooler Ready for Math workbook, page 20, that required her to color the fish picture using a color key with numbers.
18.  We made the 'Watercolor Jellyfish' pictures as seen at

That about wraps up today!  I'm hoping to finish up our 'Ocean' curriculum tomorrow, as well as do a few 'Pooh' activities in honor of the new Winnie the Pooh movie that opens in theaters.  (We're going with Daddy on Monday to see it!)  Next week, I plan on starting another 'lazy summer study' on water ... think sink and float experiments, etc.!  It should be fun!  See you soon!

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