Ocean Activities – diorama

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We made the starfish, sand dollars, crabs and coral out of cornstarch clay.
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 cup water
Mix and cook on low to medium in a pot until it congeals together.
We had fun putting this project together. I’ll share the various steps below:

We spent one day painting our boxes.

The girls then added glue and sand along the bottom.

You can see all the sea creatures in the picture at the top of this post!!

ocean-crafts-jellyfishThe kids have had a blast making various sea creatures.  They made fish, jelly fish and sharks for nearly two hours! I found an amazing set of ocean craft ideas over at Playing House in Maryland.

These were the cute felt animals we made for our diorama:

We haven’t done that much sewing here at the Homeschool Den, so when I saw these cute projects over at future girl‘s blog I thought they’d be perfect. The kids each chose their own project. I thought they turned out pretty cute!

DD made the octopus. LD made the jellyfish. ED made the fish. DD and LD did the sewing completely on their own, although I threaded the embroidery thread through for the tentacles and LD did the knotting. I had to show ED where to place the needle. She only stabbed me once!

 
 

One of the books we used for this unit was Awesome Ocean Science!: Investigating the Secrets of the Underwater World (affiliate link) by Cindy Littlefield.

Awesome-Ocean-ScienceAnother book full of ideas for learning about the ocean is: The Ocean Book: Aquarium and Seaside Activities and Ideas for All Ages (affiliate link)

Ocean-Book

Other Ocean Activities we did for this unit:

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8 Responses

  1. April says:

    Fab diorama! Thanks for cornstarch clay recipe, never heard of it so look forward to making it with the kids :)

  2. April says:

    Fab diorama! Thanks for cornstarch clay recipe, never heard of it so look forward to making it with the kids :)

  3. Thats wonderful!! Looks like that was a ton of fun!

  4. Thats wonderful!! Looks like that was a ton of fun!

  5. Karen says:

    This is amazing! I love it a lot! You have some fantastic ideas…so happy to have you in class!Blessings, Karen

  6. Karen says:

    This is amazing! I love it a lot! You have some fantastic ideas…so happy to have you in class!Blessings, Karen

  7. Sue Peterson says:

    My daughter is going to absolutely jump for joy when she sees what we can make! She is very much into sea creatures right now – especially starfish! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Sue Peterson says:

    My daughter is going to absolutely jump for joy when she sees what we can make! She is very much into sea creatures right now – especially starfish! Thanks for sharing!

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