Have your kids ever been curious about life Under the Sea? Have they wondered about the animals or colors they’d find down there? Or maybe you have a Little Mermaid fan who loves to pretend she’s singing “Under the Sea” with Ariel (Disney’s Little Mermaid) and Sebastian (the crab). Let’s face it: Many kids are pretty curious about things Under the Sea. So we thought it’d be fun to create a play based learning activity, like this Under the Sea Pretend Play, to satisfy that curiosity.
Under the Sea Pretend Play
A play setting made up of mostly recyclables is created to make this Under the Sea Pretend Play come alive.
Here are the items that we used…
To encase the Under the Sea Pretend Play activity in:
- Empty cardboard box
- Blue paper
To create coral reefs:
- Pipe cleaners (assorted colors)
To create jellyfish:
- Egg carton
- Thin strips of Crepe paper
To create rocks:
- Egg carton
- Aluminum foil
- Sea animal toys (or Ariel, the Little Mermaid toy)
How we created this Under the Sea Pretend Play set…
- We stuck blue paper in and around the cardboard box.
- We created coral reefs by twisting pipe cleaners into coral reef shapes, sometimes combining 2 or more colors to create colorful reefs.
- We created jellyfish by cutting then painting egg cartons. When the paint dried up, we glued strips of crepe paper underneath and allowed it to dangle. To pretend the jellyfish is swimming within the boxed play set, we poked a hole on top of the egg carton, inserted a piece of thread and taped it underneath the egg carton. We then attached the other end of the thread with tape to the roof of the Under the Sea pretend play set.
- We created a big rock (where Ariel sits) by wrapping aluminum foil on 1/3 of an egg carton. While we created a small rock (where Flounder, the fish is) by painting one compartment of the egg carton.
- Add in sea animal toys and Ariel (optional). And your little kids are ready to play!
My 3 year old loved pretending that Flounder, the fish, was swimming all around the ocean. He swam by the jellyfishes and hid behind the coral reefs until he found Ariel, sitting by the rock.
What your child learns in this Under the Sea Pretend Play activity…
- Pretend play activities extend kids’ imaginations and encourage creativity.
- Pretend play encourages language development, as kids create a pretend scenario and dialogue among the characters in the play setting.
- Kids learn about sea creatures and their environment in a fun, interactive and hands on way.
- Kids become aware of life Under the Sea. Awareness helps kids empathize with sea creatures, the underwater world they live in and the threats they face.
- Creating crafts out of recyclables isn’t just good for the environment, but it teaches kids to become resourceful.
- Let your kids get involved in creating the Under the Sea play set. You may be surprised with his/her unique ideas. This encourages thinking skills and problem solving.
Here are some Under the Sea themed books to extend your child’s learning…
And another idea… Go to a nearby aquarium to let the kids truly appreciate and learn about the things that live Under the Sea!
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