as summer is winding down and everybody seems to be in back to school mode, i thought it would be fun to add weekly projects to our schedule, focusing on crafts, books and songs relating to a specific theme. our first weekly project (it was actually more than a week, because we couldn't wait to get started) was "under the sea". i collected a lot of inspiration from pinterest, and it was the perfect oppurtunity to at last try out some of the many craft ideas i had pinned throughout the years.
so here is a collection of what we did during our "under the sea" project week:
sea shell pendants
toilet roll jellyfishes inspired by these toilet roll octopus, but i will share more about them next week!
under the sea coloring pages
making the sea shell pendants was so much fun, especially as we suddenly had a whole basket full of little gifts. we only used green and blue food colouring to make the pendants look more "ocean-y". i think plain salt dough somehow looks like sand so that would have worked too. the foil fishes were very popular too, so little means, and such a big effect. we layed them in the sun to see how the "scales" shimmer.
we own the Let's Look at Fish Underwater book from the Torchlight Series, which was a perfect companion to our week (pictured below). for story books that have a sea setting The Rainbow Fish is a classic, i guess, and The Snail and the Whale is another favourite.
as we speak german at home we sang german ones, i.e. a favourite about the five little fishes leaving the sea to swim in a pond to escape the shark (i believe there is a similar english version of it too). we also really liked this song on youtube, it's in english: under the sea. the singing always inspired a lot of imaginative play, big brother always choosing the part of the shark eating up his small sister fish.
that's an obvious one: we watched "Finding Nemo". our little man is not used to watching whole movies, and found it "very long" (and a bit scary at times too, i believe), but later admitted that he liked it!
that's an easy one, if you have a local aquarium (i prefer going on a cool, rainy day!). if there is none in your area you might visit friends who have an aquarium at home. we also love going to a local home improvement store which as a huge fish and aquarium section. perfect for watching fish, taking notes or just being inspired!
we had a great week and i can't wait to get everything together for our next project week. i'm planning on something revolving around apples next, with an "outer space" themed week after that.