Sunday, 8 June 2014

Celebrating World Ocean Day in the Discovery Child Care

On June 6th, we celebrated World Ocean Day with the David Suzuki Foundation.

The School Agers at Harvie Rd. had an amazing day together, celebrating the oceans of the world and all of the wonderful creatures and plants that inhabit them. From glittery blue play dough to ocean blue goop and sea shells, the children were immersed in all things oceans, ALL day long! We enjoyed playing “Tangled Seaweed Tag”, “Octopus” and “Fish, Fish, Shark” out in the playground as we burned off some energy in the sunshine. The children made a large list of ocean related words they know and spent the day creating artistic representations of these things to create an underwater ocean mural on our classroom bulletin board.

During quiet time, we paired up and looked through some of the many books about the ocean we found. Our older friends helped our younger friends discover, read about, write and share some really cool facts about oceans and sea life.

Did you know…

  • A whale can pick up sounds from 1000 miles away!
  • The blue whale is the largest animal in the world
  • Every year, male humpback whales change their songs just a little bit
  • Oceans cover more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface and the largest ocean is the pacific. Dolphins can jump as high as 20 feet in the air -Squids spray ink at enemies that attack them.
  • The smallest shark is the dwarf shark. It is only as long as your hand. 

The children were so excited to learn these and many other cool and wonderful things about our Oceans. And, really, the teachers were too!!!!

Our Toddlers celebrated too.

Together we mixed up some blue goop to look like the ocean. We added some fish, turtles and octopus to our ocean. One child pushed his fish through the ocean while puckering his lips ad making fish sounds. Others quickly joined him. A forth child glided his turtle through the ocean saying "glub glub"

We created ocean scenes on the outdoor easel using blue paint. We also read "Ten Friendly Fish" by Debbie Tarbett outside. The toddlers enjoyed naming many of the different animals that live in the ocean! We read it many times.

Happy World Oceans Day!!!

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