Thursday, 12 June 2014

Toddler ocean scene DIY activity and free Montessori inspired printables

I decided to do something a little different today - instead of photo bombing you with a whole bunch of Tot School activities, I'm sharing one and the printables I used to make them (the photo bomb post will come on Tuesday): 

Ocean scene craft for Toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood

This was by far my son's favourite activity of the week, and thus it gets it's own post. Initially, when I was planning it, I thought I would use felt, a hot glue gun, and had considered decorating it with some seashells and sequins. I changed my mind because I wanted to keep this simple and really focus on the animals and fine motor aspect rather than give my son something to tear off. I was also pretty sure the Toddler would get a kick out of it so I was anxious to get it in use. 

Ocean scene craft for Toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood

Let me tell you, I was right! He loved it. He even asked me to get it for him multiple times throughout our week. Unlike our normal activities, this one was stored out of his reach. Here's the thing, you really need to be careful and watch your kids with the skewers. 

Ocean scene craft for Toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood

Overall, I love how ridiculously easy to put together, while simultaneously providing so many opportunities for learning to take place. We worked on developing all of these areas with this simple game: 

  • Fine motor skills (picking up the sticks) 
  • Hand eye coordination (poking a hole in the paper, taking the stick out, then putting it back in) 
  • Language development (naming the different objects) 
  • Math (counting) 
  • Creativity (setting up an ocean scene) 

To make your own ocean scene, you will need: 

  • A foam block of some sort
  • Blue construction paper, felt, or some sort of material to cover up the felt
  • Tape or a hot glue gun
  • Ocean animals printables
  • Extras: glue, sand, seashells, sequins, crayons, stickers, markers, or any other craft supplies you have on hand

I simply covered a foam block with construction paper, using tape to make it stay. Then I printed off the Ocean creatures from my Ocean/sea themed printable pack, laminated them, and taped them to the back of the skewers. You could really let your kids make/decorate the box first by first drawing the ocean floor on the box, using some glue and pouring sand on it, etc. 

We will be turning this box into an arts and crafts activity soon, but my initial plan was to allow him to explore with it as he wanted to first, leading to this result: 

Ocean scene craft for Toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood

And now the free printables I showed last week! We used these printables for our Montessori inspired tot school activities that I will be showing in a separate post: 

Free Montessori inspired ocean themed printable pack

 Free Montessori inspired ocean activities for toddlers

Download the full pack


  • Fish and crab sorting 
  • Fish and crab counting games
  • Ocean animal 3 part cards
  • Ocean animal numbers cards
  • 4 ocean numbers puzzles 
  • Starfish size sequencing and sorting

Note: If you are really concerned about your kids being able to play with toothpicks safely, what you can do is poke the holes beforehand, and then tape the animals to a safer medium such as a straw. You could then get different colored straws and put down reinforcement stickers for hole punched paper and ask your child to match the colors. 

For more tot school inspiration, stop by my Toddler Activities page and my Tot School page. Also, be sure to visit my first oceans/sea animal unit post and my Ocean themed Montessori activities for Toddlers

Welcome to Mommyhood: under the sea toddler activities

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