If you’re looking for ideas for a preschool ocean theme, here’s a fun Stringing Coral Reefs Preschool Ocean Investigation Station. Check it out!
Last week we learned about coral reefs and I’m totally convinced that they’re one of the most beautiful naturally occurring things in the world.
Coral reefs are living structures found underwater and are home to a diverse group of sea creatures. Coral reefs are fragile. Boating and pollution can damage coral reefs.
I love all things STEAM and the little guy does too. The Invitation to Create and Investigation Station ideas that we get via our Teacher Guide each month are definitely favorites around here.
Of course they’re all kinds of quick & easy too. Because what more could a preschool homeschool mama ask for, right?
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If you’ve been around for a while, then you already know that we’re using Mother Goose Time for preschool homeschool and it’s been such a blessing for us.
Each month, we receive a themed kit that includes a picture book, magnetic storytelling pieces, a few sets of manipulatives, and just about everything you need to do lots of activities and projects.
And while we’re on the subject, we keep stumbling across so many fun activities that we could do over and over again and those are usually the ones that turn into blog posts.
This Stringing Coral Reefs Preschool Ocean Investigation Station was no exception. We actually left it out so that the little guy could explore off and on throughout the day.
Stringing Coral Reefs Preschool Ocean Investigation Station
Fine Motor (5.1), Patterns and Sorting (18.1)
What you’ll need
- Stringing Materials
- Pipe Cleaners
Here’s how to do it
- Set out clumps of play dough and pipe cleaners. Encourage children to stick the pipe cleaners into the play dough.
- Set out an assortment of stringing materials. Encourage children to create patterns if desired.
- What can you put on your coral reef?
- Did you make patterns on the pipe cleaners?
- What sea creatures do you think live in coral reefs?
The little guy had a blast creating his own coral reef sculptures with the stringing materials. We used straws that were cut into small pieces, large beads, and of course lots of different buttons.
Everything was organized via a divided tray and set out on the little guy’s workspace so that he could pick and choose exactly which materials he wanted to use.
We looked at pictures of coral reefs online and talked about how colorful they are and how we could make our own with the materials that we had.
The Teacher Guide mentioned encouraging little kids to stick pipe cleaners into the play dough, so we started with that and the little guy just sort of took over from there and did his own thing.
I always try to be mindful of ways that we can extend our activities.
This particular activity encourages fine motor skills as well as creative thinking and problem solving skills. All three of which are so important for little kids.
Something that I noticed was that if the little guy added too much weight, the pipe cleaners would separate from the play-doh. That’s why some of the pipe cleaners were looped.
You gotta love when there’s a little bit of engineering going on too.
Of course this was also a great activity for working with patterns and sorting. You could ask your preschooler to use the stringing materials to create a pattern or even sort them by color.
I love homeschooling preschool and I totally wouldn’t trade this time with the little guy for anything. It’s nothing less than amazing to see him learning and being creative.
Its actually kinda hilarious because if you ask the him about school, he’s all like no way! He’ll most likely respond with something along with lines of, “I don’t go to school. I do school at home.”
And you know what? He totally owns it. He loves being here. He knows when the kids go to school and when they get home and how much more time he has to just hang out.
We probably only spend about an hour a day on preschool homeschool stuff, which is exactly the way it should be. You know, because thanks to the wonderful play-based curriculum that we’ve been blessed with, the little guy is thriving.
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Ocean Commotion theme this month. And if you missed our preschool space post, you can check it out here.
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