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Ocean Life Activities and Fireworks

September 30 – October 4

Workshop Activities

1. Craft – Fish Anatomy

2. Key Points – Go Fishing – Oceans Key Points

3. Collaborative – Whale of a Tale – Whale Information

4. Language Arts – Make a Sea Life Book

5. Math/Logic – Fish Bowl - Estimation

6. Character Connection – Warm-blooded Vs. Cold-blooded

7. Big Activity – Symbiotic Shuffle – Symbiosis in the Ocean

8. Movement - Whale Behavior Game

Minecraft Activities

  1. Whale and Octopus Anatomy

  2. Types of Fish

  3. Symbiotic Relationships in the Ocean

  4. Build Challenge: Exotic Sea Creatures

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday Park Days at Santa Ana Zoo:

  • Disneyland meetup: October 8 – Ancient Ologies:

  • October 21: Field Trip at Aquarium of the Pacific, Celebration, and overnighter at the aquarium:


Read through the fireworks and choose about five that you think might interest your child. Allow him or her to select 1-3 of them.

  • With a friend, prepare and perform a fictitious interview with Jaques Cousteau.

  • Define what a reef is and what a tide pool is.

  • With a friend, act out one of the scenes from Nemo.

  • Classify the different types of mammals in the ocean. What are the main types? Which animals fall into which categories?

  • Make a poster of a whale. Label the parts of the whale. Using a song or mnemonics, memorize the parts of the whale.

  • Imagine that whales’ sounds are actual singing. “Translate” their sounds and write the lyrics of their “songs.”

  • Teach someone about the different kinds of whales.

  • Make a graph that shows an estimation of how many whales pass our shores in what months.

  • Make a commercial to entice people to take a cruise.

  • Make a sea glass mosaic.

  • Go fishing.

  • Make a big book about giant squid.

  • What is the strangest fish in the ocean? Write an ode to this fish.

  • Choose a sea creature. Play 21 questions with someone. Can they guess what sea creature you're thinking of?

  • Purchase the Under The Sea Sea Life Creatures at Oriental Trading. Create your own underwater scene.

  • Make a life-size model of a pygmy sperm whale or a scale model of another whale.

  • Research what effect the environment has on the coral reefs. Write a report about what we can do to help save the reefs.

  • Make an ocean scene diorama in a shoebox.

  • Start a shell collection. Label each shell.

  • Play some math games.

  • Read fiction and non-fiction about oceans.

  • Dissect a squid.

  • Cover one of your hands in shortening. Place both hands in ice water. Does the shortening insulate your hand? This is what blubber does for a whale.

  • Make a big book about whales.

  • Play sharks and minnows:

  • Play an echolocation game:

  • Make some whale origami.

Field Trip Ideas

  • go fishing

  • go on a boat ride

  • visit the Ocean Institute

  • go whale watching

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