My son is a big fan of doing science activities. His favorite at the moment is observing different things.
Since this week is all about the ocean, I thought observing seashells would be perfect for him.
- observation sheet
- shells (You can purchase them at craft stores.)
- crayons or markers
- Before digging into the observation activity I let the boy explore the shells. He spent a good 10 minutes just looking at them. While he looked, we talk about how different animals live in shells and that shells help protect their bodies.
- Then we decided to sort them by similarity. I love how he referred to the ones pictured below as tornado shells. I thought that was pretty clever.
Finally, after he seemed to have his fill, I asked him to pick just one shell that he wanted to observe more closely. We basically just went down the worksheet together. (He had a tough time deciding on the shell color – orange or yellow. So, I told him he could color it both colors.)
|Special Note: When observing the shell’s texture I tried to use clip art that your child could relate to and that would be around everyone’s house. I used a mirror to represent smooth and a cheese grater to represent rough. So, if you child doesn’t know the term smooth have him/her touch a mirror and say, “This is smooth.” Do the same with the cheese grater. Then have him/her touch their shell and compare it to both objects. You can then ask your child, “Is your shell smooth like the mirror or rough/bumpy like the cheese grater?”|
And that was it. The boy really enjoyed himself and I was glad to bring a touch of the beach to him. Especially since the last time he visited the beach he was 6 months old.
Pictures and printables are nice, but when it’s possible the real thing is so much better!