Here are a few more things that are on the science shelf to support our study of fish. Expect a post within the next week or so which will give more details about the fish unit. As you can imagine (just like everyone else) I feel a little strapped for time this week. I really try to post daily, but I won't have time until later this week to do a more in-depth post about our fish unit. So, this is another show and tell type post.
I had planned to make a hand-sewn felt playmat with an ocean theme. BUT.............didn't happen. So, I just pulled out a piece of plain blue craft felt and cut a strip of tan for the sand and there you have it. The kids love it! I don't know where I got the wire fish basket, but I had it left over from when I taught Montessori before. The green "seaweed" is just that shredded paper grass for Easter baskets. Add the real shells and plastic fish and you have a fish playset. What's the purpose of this activity? Just creativity and fun, pure and simple.
And here is fish pin-punching. The pad for the punching is a piece of carpet pad. I recently had a reader ask about the pads I put out for pin-punching. All my other ones are from Montessori Services. They last forever and are reasonably priced. However, I currently only have four of those and they are all being used elsewhere (2 on the art shelf and 2 on the geography shelf). So, for this work I brought a piece of carpet pad we had at home. I've had it for a while and my boys use it at home for punching projects they do. (Mostly my older son does this at home.) If you go to a store that sells and installs carpet and ask them for a remnant of their thickest carpet pads, you can probably get a good-sized piece and just cut it into small squares (about 6 inches). Add a push-pin and you're good to go.
Here is a photo which shows the science shelf with the fish work on it. The bottom has two new fish puzzles that I put out. I am also going to add Parts of a Fish 3-part cards, Parts of a Fish booklets, and a fish art project to this shelf. We will probably have the fish unit out for about 3 weeks. Then we will move on to Amphibians.