I live on an island, and we have some incredible tide pools here. The reason the tide pools form is quite amazing, and what happens with the animals that gather there is interesting. I didn’t know much about tide pools until moving here, but I am glad I get to share them with you now.
These animals of the tide pool printables will help you to explore the interesting ocean ecosystems and creatures with your homeschool kids.
My daughter (13-years-old) aspires to be a marine biologist; anything ocean is right up her alley. Whenever we trek out to a hidden beach, she is in her element and never wants to leave.
The most exciting places for her to explore are the tide pools, which she can easily snorkel through. I don’t like the ocean much, but snorkeling around the tide pools really helps me to enjoy the environment.
What is a tide pool?
A tide pool is described as an isolated pocket of seawater from the ocean found in what’s called the intertidal zone. The intertidal zones are the areas where the sea meets the land. The tide pools can be around steep, rocky ledges or cliffs to the long, sloping sandy beaches.
Guess what? The island where I live has sandy beaches, and rocky cliffs wrapped the whole way around it. During low tide, you can find tide pools in various areas outside the island beaches. As a matter of fact, tide pools are only accessible for us during low tide.
Tide pools as ecosystems for the animals
Although tide pools can just look like puddles of water to the naked eye, they are so much more than that. Tide pools are actually complex and even broken up into three different zones within the tide pools (the splash zone, intertidal zone, and subtidal zone).
Tide pools are pretty harsh environments requiring the animals there to adapt to its changing environment. The animals have to deal with the waves that continuously come in and out, creating turbulence during high tide. They face predation and desiccation stress (prolonged time with less hydration during low tide).
However, every wave during high tide brings fresh nutrients and microscopic organisms to supply the tide with their food chain.
Tide pools provide food and shelter to various fish and invertebrate species. How they are formed is even more intriguing. God truly is AMAZING.
Tides are created by the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun (more so the moon) on the Earth’s oceans. The pull makes the water in the oceans bulge, which causes a never-ending change in the high and low tide. To find out more, have your kids drop by Seaworld.org or TimeandDate.com.
What about the tide pool animals?
The tide pool creatures are breathtaking. They are all different colors, shapes, and sizes. Tidepool exploration may be my favorite way to get up close and personal with some of those critters that are usually hidden by the waves. Tide pools are traditionally in dips on rocky shorelines and are located between high and low tides. They are accessible for exploration only when the water is at low tide.
You can see pools of darting fish and rainbow crabs here in Tonga. What we mostly can see is sea cucumber and starfish. It isn’t always that great. I mean, sea cucumbers are pretty gross to me. Stepping on one is NOT fun, especially if you get freaked out by different textures.
Other than that, tide pools are really a sight to see. My favorite is the bright, blue-colored fish. They are almost neon-colored. Then there are the starfish.
The starfish are an amazing bluish purple. When we touch them, they are stiff and feel like actual porcelain. Anyway, I can go on and on, but tide pools are pretty cool and the animals are gorgeous. They truly show God’s beauty.
Check out these animals of the tide pool printables to complete your studies on marine biology.
Easy Starfish Craft for Kids with FREE Printable Template | Buggy and Buddy
Shells and Starfish Activities + FREE Printable From Montessori By Mom | Living Montessori Now
FREE Starfish Coloring Page | Encouraging Moms at Home
Sea Cucumbers FREE Coloring Page | Enchanted Learning
Life Cycle Sea Cucumbers Resource| Sea Cucumber Facts
Seaside and Oceans: Barnacle Colouring Sheet | Sarah Weldon
FREE Ecological Competition Online Interactive Worksheet- Barnacles | The Cultured Scientist
FREE Learning about Sea Urchins Worksheet | Daisy and Otto
Sea Urchin Facts & Worksheets | KidsKonnect
Science Mini-Lesson: Sea Urchins | Our Strange Class
Sea-Urchin for Summer Coping Skills – Flipbook and Worksheet | School Counseling and Coffee
A+ I Can Research Sea Anemone: Writing Paper | Regina Davis
Anemone Fish Lap Book | The Hermit Crabs Homeschool
FREE Sea Anemone and Snail Coloring Page | Super Coloring
All About Hermit Crabs – Emergent Readers | Simply Ije
Boxer Crab and Anemone Mutualism Coloring | MrsSpeaker
FREE House for Hermit Crab Pack | 3 Dinosaurs
FREE Octopus Do-A-Dot Phonics Printable (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download) | Living Montessori Now
Octopus Printables | ThoughtCo
O is for Octopus: FREE Printables | The Reading Mama
Octopus Facts Color and Copywork | The Multitaskin’ Mom
Porifera Sea Sponge FREE Hidden Word Search and Games | Easy Science for Kids
Fast Facts for Science – Sea Sponges | Bitzen Peesus
Question Exploration: What Are Sea Sponges? (FREE Printable) | TheScienceGiant
These resources will help you teach your kids all about tide pools.
Tide Pools (Fun & facts about the Rocky Shore) | Green Grubs
Name that Tide Pool Animal | National Geographic Kids
Tidal Pools Resource | ThoughtCo
Tide Pools Differentiated Readers – 3 Levels + Illustrated Word Wall | Linda Post – The Teacher’s Post
Tide Pool Skip Counting Math Game (FREE Printable) | Buggy and Buddy
Tide Pool – Find the Tide Pool Species | Exploring Nature
Exploring Tide Pools with Kids + FREE Printable |The Moments at Home
Tide Pool Scavenger Hunt with Printable Guide | Rainy Day Mum
Tide Pool – Ocean Animal Activities | Teaching in the Tongass
Emergent Tide Pool Reader and Activities | You’ve Got This Math
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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