One of my daughter’s most favorite things to do when we visit California is stop by SeaWorld to feed fish to the sea lions. In anticipation of a visit to the park this weekend we had some fun making a sea lion kids craft.
My daughter’s very first visit to SeaWorld in San Diego is where her fascination with sea lions began. Each time we visit our day begins with throwing fish!
photo from a family visit to SeaWorld San Diego, 2012
The simple kids craft was made using basic supplies we already had at home.
- paper plate
- pipe cleaners
- construction paper
- crayons or paint
- googly eyes
- safety scissors and hole punch (not pictured)
At just four years old my daughter was able to complete each step of the craft on her own with my supervision.
Start by coloring or painting the back of a paper plate. My daughter wanted to make a brown sea lion but I’m sure we will be making many more with different colors soon. Then cut around the edge of the plate with safety scissors.
Punch two holes next to each other in the middle of the plate and use the pipe cleaners to make the sea lion’s whiskers.
Glue on googly eyes and draw a nose.
Cut out two flippers and glue the edges to the back of the plate.
To finish the project give your sea lion a big smile! Adding the mouth was my daughter’s favorite step of the craft. She told me her sea lion is happy because she is going to feed him fish.
My daughter can’t wait to go to SeaWorld and show the sea lions what she made.
What is your favorite SeaWorld attraction?
With fall on its way my family is enjoying spending more time outside playing. My daughter and I recently went on a nature walk around our yard and turned some of her favorite findings into a collage. Going on a nature walk and making a collage created a great opportunity to teach my daughter about all the different living things we have in our yard.
We began with a short walk around pointing out different plants, leaves, grass, and rocks.
My daughter collected a few of her most interesting discoveries to make a nature collage.
We brought the discoveries inside and put them down on a piece of paper. Then my daughter placed a piece of paper on top and colored to see the image from below.
We continued coloring using different pieces of the nature from our yard until the collage was complete.
I’m looking forward to doing this again as nature in our yard changes with different seasons. Keep the collage for another learning opportunity later when you have several from different months to compare.
We have been following along watching Discovery’s Shark Week and kicked off the last day with a fun kids craft. My daughter really enjoyed making the kids craft shark puppet. The puppet will be joining us today while we learn more about sharks.
- construction paper
- small paper plate
- googly eyes
- safety scissors
- craft stick
- glue stick
Begin by cutting the shark shape out of the construction paper. This week we have learned about so many different sharks and my daughter was not picky about the type of shark puppet we were making. I folded the paper in half and cut the shape so both sides would be equal. If you’re crafting with older children allow them to get creative and cut out their own shark.
Next make the shark teeth and mouth with the paper plate. First cut around the plate and then cut triangles for teeth.
My daughter was excited to cut the teeth by herself. This was a great opportunity for us to discuss what we had learned all week about sharks. She remembered that different sharks have different shaped teeth. She also was excited to share that not all the teeth are the same size.
The final step is gluing the mouth, googly eyes, and craft stick to the puppet.
Fold the mouth in half and then glue the bottom portion to the puppet. Glue the eyes above the mouth. Then glue the craft stick to the back.
Your new puppet is all ready to play and share shark facts!
We are looking forward to learning more about sharks today with our new puppet! Did you follow along with Shark Week too?