Sea Life Water Play

The best resource we have bought this year has to be this Flisat table from Ikea. Having the trays ready and waiting makes it so easy to set up fantastic invitations to play and beautiful small worlds. This Sea Life Water Play took less than 5 minutes to set up and lasted for an entire afternoon of play.

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The children adored swimming the animals through the water and exploring the shells. They particularly enjoyed the challenge of using the shells to transfer water from one container to another (they also used them as cups!)

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The set up was very simple, 1 tray with water coloured blue with food dye, 1 tray with shells and 1 tray with sea animals. We bought a bag of shells from Educational Experience but you could of course collect your own, especially if you live closer to the beach!

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Early Years Learning Framework

Outcome 4 - Children are confident and involved learners

4.4. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials.

This Activity is for:

  • Toddlers an Preschoolers (ensure there are no choking hazards for children under 3)

  • Children who are showing interest in shells, animals or the beach/ocean

Encourage children to:

  • Describe with their senses - what can they see and feel, smell and hear

  • Use their imagination with the animals

  • Scoop water with shells

  • Share what they know about shells and sea animals

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Extend on this by:

  • Adding sand with the water to create a beach

  • Having beach, ocean and shell related books in a reading area

Simplify this by:

  • Taking away either the shells or the animals to leave just one element with the water

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