Set up a simple ocean sensory activity that is science too! I love exploring the ocean and sharing it with my son. We are still in a learn through play stage so we keep the facts light and the play heavy! We will be visiting the ocean soon and have been using beach and ocean themed activities as a way to discuss what we will see and do when we are away!
ICE MELTING OCEAN SENSORY PLAY
COOL ICE MELTING SCIENCE WITH AN OCEAN SENSORY ACTIVITY
Lately, we have been enjoying ice towers made from milk cartons, check out our beach one here! This time I thought I would use some ordinary food storage containers to mold mini oceans. Again I froze our items in layers so that there would be lots of fun things to unfreeze. Each layer, I added a different color to go along with the ocean. Ours turned out a bit greener than I thought!
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Make sure to allow plenty of time for the freezing process! Smaller containers will be quicker. If you enjoy ice melting activities we have more than 20 Icy Science Ideas!
I set up this activity for my son and his grand mother to do together when she visited! Simply supply everyone with lots of warm water, eye droppers of various sizes and let the fun begin! Simple science and sensory play!
These icy ocean sensory play bowls are filled with shells, whales, starfish, dolphins, sea grass, gems.
This type of sensory play has given way to great language development and imaginative play. The end result of our icy ocean sensory play was a fun ocean sensory bin to play in afterwards. I added a bit of warm water to keep everyones hands from freezing. Liam grabbed a container to make a boat and play sink the boat!
EXTEND THE LEARNING
One simple learning game idea is to have everyone go around and put one item in the boat to see who can sink it first. Talk about the item chosen and its placement in the boat to encourage problem solving and engineering!
I can’t wait to get to the beach this year and talk even more about what we have learned! We plan to take a hands on discovery cruise out of Woods Hole this year. Lots of walks on the beach too. Summer time is a wonderful opportunity for ocean science activities.
Fun Hands On Ocean Sensory Play for Kids!
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