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It’s the time of year for the beach. For soaking up the sun, building sandcastles, and splashing around in the water with the million of creatures that live there. Though I prefer to not have something touch me while I’m swimming around in the vast open water, part of beach fun is to explore the numerous animals that live there. I didn’t use to think of that as part of beach fun till my four curious children came along and explored the beach with their never-ending question of, “What is this?”
I have never been one to study nature, so I’m horribly lacking in my knowledge of all the wonderful creatures that God created. Since my little ones are rightly thrilled with what God made, it is time for me and them to do so learning.
We began by checking out an enormous amount of books from the library about oceans. There are so many awesome list like the one from Harringotn Harmonies that gave us a great place to start, and can help you as you begin to prepare to learn . We personally loved the bright colors and descriptions of Discover Science: Ocean and Sea.
Once all the books were checked out we read and read and read, and then read some more. There is so much to learn, and my boys soaked up numerous facts.
Did you know that the reason corals are bright and colorful are because of the algae? Or that saltwater crocodiles carry their babies in their mouth? It looks like she is eating them, but no worries she is just carrying them to the safety of the water.
Now came the fun, to see if any of us could answer the joyous question of, “What is that?”
I pulled out one of our favorites, a BUMP game, and we were ready to test our new knowledge.
The game board is filled with colorful animals, and the inserts for the learning cube have the animal names on them. As I threw the die across the living room floor (It is almost like we are doing suicides when we play games with the large dice. I throw it far and they run to get it and then run back. I love it when I can burn any of their energy.)
I loved hearing their laughter and calls for the animal they wanted.
“Oh, I hope I get a anemone.”
“Come on, roll me an urchin.”
” Moon snail please. Moon snail please.
The next time we scour the beach looking for little creatures, all of us will be more prepared.
I probably won’t hear as many, “What is this?”
I’m really looking forward to hearing more of, “Look mom, it’s a __________.”
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