We have started our ocean theme with co-op this year and are having a blast. I teach the preschoolers, and since I have 3 boys and one girl, I find I need to switch things up often during class. We usually do some sort of movement rhyme, read a story, do another movement activity, lesson and then a game. It looks like alot, but most of the activities only take about 5 minutes.For this week’s class I created a tic-tac-toe game. Two of the children will be playing this game while the other two will be playing Under the Sea Memory Game.
1 9×12″ piece of blue fun foam
1 green piece of fun foam
1 brown fun foam, sandpaper or cardstock
12 circle lids (mine were lids from Dean’s Milk Chugs–I love how big and chunky they are–a perfect size for little hands)
ocean fun foam stickers (optional)
1. First measure the diameter of your lids. The lids I used were a little over 2inches wide.
2. Use a graphics program or word processing program to create the images for the tops of the lids. Since my lids were almost 2 1/2″ wide, I created 2″ circles using clip art from Mindy Terasawa’s Sweet and Salty stickers and paper from her Sweet and Salty Kit
options: If you don’t want to use clipart you can use die-cuts, stickers, or fun foam shapes.
3. Print the images and cut. Adhere onto the lids. I ran mine through my Xyron 900 sticker maker. You could use spray glue or craft glue.
4. Optional but recommended 🙂 Use paper Mod-Podge or Krylon’s Crystal Clear Spray Coating over the printed images to create a seal. This will help protect the pieces, since they will be handled frequently. When using Mod-Podge, it is best to paint a thin layer over the image and let dry for 10 minutes, then go back and do another layer. If you apply the Mod-Podge too thick, it can cause the paper to bubble.
5. Draw a tic-tac-toe grid in the center of the blue fun foam with a Sharpie marker.
6. Tear a piece of brown fun foam/sandpaper or cardstock. Adhere to the bottom of the blue fun-foam piece.
7. Cut out sea-weed from the green fun foam. Glue to the sides of the blue base piece.
8. Decorate with additional images or stickers if desired.
Instead of playing tic-tac-toe, use the counters to create patterns. Have the children try to guess what the next piece would be in the pattern.