Shiny nautical templates
scalpel (for adult use only)
finger painting paper
blue and yellow finger paint
What should be done:
1. Ask the children to draw simple fish shapes on the paper. Use them to create templates, placing the drawings on polystyrene trays and cutting out their outlines with a scalpel.
2. Spray water on the table tops and place your finger paint on them, shiny side up. In the center of each wet sheet, put a little blue paint.
3. Help the children put on their aprons.
4. Encourage the little ones to paint the sheets with both hands, and not just your fingertips. Once the children have spread the paint over the sheets, edge to edge, in several places of the pages, add a little yellow paint to differentiate the effect. Explain to the children, that since the sea has many shades of blue and green, the drawings will look more realistic, if you put a little smudged yellow paint on them, which will look like water currents. Hold on, until the paint and paper are dry.
5. Give the dried up works to the children. Ask them to paint the strip at the bottom edge of the sheet in a dark color, to create the seabed.
6. Pour the paint of different bright colors into shallow containers. Show the kids, how to put fish-shaped stencils on the sheets and apply paint. Encourage children to use a variety of templates and colors, to paint many species of fish.
What else can be done:
Place the templates permanently in the plastic corner.
Plasticity: Repeat this game on another day, this time using a combination of red and blue paint, to get a purple color, and yellow and red paint, to get the orange color.
maths: Cut it out 11 cardboard fish, write the numbers from on them 0 do 10 and ask the children, to put them in the correct order.
Music: Sing a song about fish.
Fun at the table: Give children different shells and encourage them to compare them.
Snack: Give the kids a blue fruit drink and fish-shaped crackers.