7-17-00 Original Author
Sitting in a circle, give each
child a picture of either a starfish, jellyfish, seashell or crab. Call
out the name of one of the symbols and the children have with that picture
all have to run round the outside of the circle and back to their seats as
quickly as possible. You can call out two names at once, or say the tide
is turning to make them run the other way etc. (Helps with fine tuning
added 7-17-00 Original
Make some paper fish with
either numbers, shapes or different colors (depending on your children's
abilities). Put a paper clip on each nose of the fish. Get some canes,
string and magnets to make up fishing rods. Put the fish in a large
colorful box and allow the children use their rods to try and get the fish
out. They can record the numbers and add two together. Or another way is
to try and get all the same colored fish out, putting back the ones that
don't belong to them.
Flapping Fish Game
added 5-20-01 Submitted
by: Louise Dawson
Precut some fish shapes out of newspaper/newsprint/thin paper.
Divide the children into two teams and make it a race if you want.
My 3 year olds are too young so I just give them a fish each!
Give the child a magazine or newspaper and they can 'flap' the fish along
the floor. Like I say - make it a race or just a fun physical
7-21-01 Original Author
(For older Preschoolers)
Mark a goal line at each end of playing field. Choose a child to be the
octopus, the rest of the children are fish. The object is for the octopus
to catch the fish by tagging them with a sponge ball. If a child gets hit
they must freeze and become an octopus tentacle. The tentacle may help the
octopus by using their hands outstretched to tag fish. Only the octopus
may move however. To begin playing, all fish line up at one goal line. The
octopus calls out, "Fish, fish, swim in my ocean." At this
command the fish must try to cross the ocean without getting caught. The
last one to be tagged is the next octopus.
Pin The Leg on the
7-21-01 Original Author Unknown
Play pin the legs on the octopus. Cut an octopus body from gray, green, or
black paper. Cut legs from the same color paper.
5-12-02 Original Author
The adult is the
octopus. S/he kneels in the middle of a rope circle.
All of the children are a school of fish and must swim to their mother/father
on the other side of the ocean. The octopus says, “Come little fish.
Swim to the other side. I won’t hurt you.” The fish
must swim through the rope circle and past the
octopus. If a fish makes it past the octopus without being touched,
he is safe. If he is touched, he must become one of the octopus’ tentacles
and join with the octopus in his quest to eat the fish. The octopus
must stay on his knees. All of the fish can swim by at
once or they can swim by
one by one. Play until all of the children have been touched.
Do the Ocean Motion
added 6-22-02 Original Author
Direct the children to move like different sea creatures.
Jiggle like a jelly fish
Creep like a sea snail
Soar like an eagle
Wiggle like an eel
Float like a sea otter
Bark like a seal
Walk forward, backward, and sideways like a crab
Swoop like a pelican