Ocean animals are so fascinating and little ones love to learn about them. Here in Florida, summer time equals beach time, so it seems fitting to study ocean animals for some summer learning fun.
If you live anywhere near a beach or plan on visiting a beach or an aquarium on your summer vacation, you may want to consider learning about ocean animals. I love putting together learning packets for my kids when we are about to take a trip. We work on them during the weeks leading up to our trip, or we bring folders in the car for them to work on. Then when you get to where you are going to be exploring and learning your children are already familiar with the animals and creatures they may encounter.
Here is a round-up of ocean animal printables perfect for your early learners:
Recommended Resource: Ocean Notebook – Companion to Ocean Anatomy by Julia Rothman
In the Ocean Notebook, students will use a combination of written narration, drawing, and labeling alongside Ocean Anatomy by Julia Rothman to learn all about life in the ocean, layers of the ocean, the ocean floor, coral reefs, tide pools, and much more.
Ocean Animals Notebooking Research Journal – this amazing notebook is completely free and your children will learn about 60 different ocean animals!
A picture of each animal is included and they will learn about: the different oceans that animal is found in, the type of water it lives in, a physical description and interesting facts. Everything they learn will be recorded in their very own notebooking journal. This is great for older children to do together with their younger siblings.
Look We’re Learning has lots of ocean themed printables:
Printable Crafts from Learn Create Love:
These are our favorite books for learning about ocean animals:
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the OceanOcean: A Visual EncyclopediaHello, World! Ocean LifeThe Big Book of the BlueOcean Animals from Head to TailDK Eyewitness Books: Ocean: Discover What Lies Beneath the Watery Surface of Our Planet National Geographic Kids Ocean Life Six Book Set : Weird Sea Creatures, Dolphins,Coral Reefs, At the Beach, Sea Turtles, Great Migrations: Whales
These toys are so much fun to create ocean animal tubs and bins with:
Funcorn Toys Ocean Sea Animal, 52 Pack Assorted Mini Vinyl Plastic Animal Toy SetSENSORY4U Dew Drops Water Beads Ocean Explorers Tactile Sensory Kit – 24 Sea Animal Creatures Included Terra by Battat – Marine World – Assorted Plastic Fish & Sea Creature Miniature Animal Toys for Kids 3+ (60 Pc)
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