Did you know that about 94% of life on earth is aquatic? That means that most of the life we interact with is a tiny fraction of all the creatures on earth! Today’s teatime will take us under the sea to explore all of the exciting and mysterious creatures living beyond our sight.
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Enjoy a couple of poems about the delights of the sea, from mermaids to jellyfish!
From “The Mermaid”
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Who would be
A mermaid fair,
Combing her hair
Under the sea,
In a golden curl
With a comb of pearl,
On a throne?
By Marianne Moore
A fluctuating charm,
An amber-colored amethyst
Inhabits it; your arm
It opens and
You have meant
To catch it,
And it shrivels;
It opens, and it
Closes and you
Reach for it—
Grows cloudy, and
It floats away
Sand Dollar Cinnamon Sugar Cookies: Check out this recipe from Mama Miss. Use slivered almonds to get the beautiful star shape on these sand dollar cookies!
Ocean-Themed Food: Serve salt water taffy, starfish-shaped sandwiches, apples cut in the shape of crabs using this pin on Pinterest, or more obvious picks like goldfish, Swedish fish, shark gummies, or blue jelly beans.
Blue Waves: Take an ordinary food item that you would serve for tea--maybe deviled eggs or a fruit like pineapple or watermelon. Use food coloring to transform the normal food into something ocean-inspired, like blue egg salad sandwiches.
Monster Food: If you have some googly eyes, try out the ideas for ocean monster food here and here.
Ocean Streamers: Tape one end of a blue streamer to the ceiling and twist it to get a nice watery feel. Keep stringing up blue streamers until the ceiling feels like an ocean above you. You can also tape and twist green streamers to the walls for a seaweed-like effect. See the inspiration here and here.
Other Underwater Touches: Use blue cellophane or tissue paper over lights or windows to cast a watery glow over the room. Even something simple like cutting fish shapes out of colored paper and taping the fish to walls makes for a fun touch! If you feel like some extra work, check out this paper lantern jellyfish idea from Party City.
Use Seashells: If your family makes trips to the beach, you may have some shells, seaglass, or driftwood pieces that you can put to good use. They would look especially pretty in a glass bowl as a centerpiece on your table.
Make a Mermaid: Now that the weather is getting nice, go on a nature walk and collect some fun-looking leaves and flower petals. Then draw the head and torso of the mermaid and use the leaves to make a fun tail! Inspired by these beautiful mermaids on Mother Natured.
Shell Art: Pick up some shells from a beach, your local Hobby Lobby, Walmart, or even the dollar store. You could also check out an antiques store for some shells. Then, use thin-point sharpies or paint to decorate your shells! Use the designs on this pin for inspiration.
Ocean in a Jar: If you have some vegetable oil and blue food coloring, why not construct this simple experiment to learn more about the ocean. Use these directions on A Few Shortcuts.
Other Bottled Ideas: Check out this fun and flowy tutorial on how to make this fun jellyfish in a bottle. Or try this beautiful and educational layers of the ocean in a bottle activity from Edventures.
Ocean Soup: Tide Pool Poems, by Stephen Swinburne
At the Sea Floor Café: Odd Ocean Critter Poems, by Leslie Bulion
Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems, by Kate Coombs
Sea Stars: Saltwater Poems, by Avis Harley
In the Swim, by Douglas Florian
Water Music, by Jane Yolen
- National Geographic Kids has an interview with Sylvia Earle, early ocean cartographer. Also check out the nonfiction book for kids, Life in the Ocean: The Story of Ocean Cartographer Sylvia Earle, by Claire A. Nivola
- Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea, written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins
- Monterey Bay Aquarium’s resources include an animal guide to sea creatures, games and activities about the sea, and even some critter cards of cool deep sea fish and other creatures
- Tons of Fish FAQs from Woods Hole Science Aquarium
- National Marine Sanctuaries has lots of interactive resources to explore
- Miss Rumphius Effect has collected some of the best resources on oceans and water here and here. Be sure the check these out!