Water Play Under the Sea

Welcome to Blue Bird Day’s Weekly Lesson Plans. This week we’re working on the theme Water Play Under the Sea! Read below for more themed lesson plans and activities.

Table Time Activity: Which Sea Doesn’t Belong


Which Animal Doesn’t Belong In The Ocean: YouTube Video

Skill Check

The goal of this activity is to locate animals who do not live in the sea/ocean; challenge critical thinking and expressive language skills.

Growing My Skills

All that is needed is to follow along with the video. Encourage your child to point out animals that don’t belong when the announcer asks. Too challenging? Have fun by asking your child to point to animals you label (Can you find the fish? Is he swimming?)

Floortime Play Activity: Under Water Pretend Play


Blue towel.

“Fishing poles” or sticks with string/shoelaces.

Laundry basket.



Plastic or plush sea animals.

Mermaid Tail Image on Pinterest.

Skill Check

The goal of this activity is to spending time together in a playful, imaginative way. There should be limited structure and a lot of pretending.

Growing My Skills

Turn your living room into the sea!

Lay down a blue-colored towel or blanket to act as the ocean.

Instruct kiddos to get into the boat (laundry basket) and ask what they see? (Fish, a pirate ship, mermaids).

For older children, have them decorate old pillowcases as “mermaid fins” and attach to their feet (secure with a larger scrunchie or place two feet in one tube sock so legs are placed together).

Have your child pretend to flip their fins and swim in the ocean.

Relaxation Time Activity: Under The Sea; Read Aloud Book


Under The Sea; Read Aloud Book on Youtube.

Skill Check

The goal of this activity is to slow down and engage quiet time and listening skills during read-aloud activity.

Growing My Skills

Can your child point out the theme of the book? Or ask your child to label their favorite item or character within this video.

Creative Time Activity: Rainbow Fish Craft


Rainbow fish-free template.

Colorful tissue paper squares.



Cardstock paper.

If you have it, “The Rainbow Fish” book!

Skill Check

Read “The Rainbow Fish” to start a conversation on sharing and how to be a good friend to others.

After reading this story, create your own rainbow fish with colorful and metallic scales!

If you’d like to follow along with the story, make some scales looser than others and have your kiddo share their scales with people in their family!

Growing My Skills

Print out the rainbow fish template and cut around the template on cardstock paper! It’s important to have a sturdy base for this craft.

Glue the pieces of tissue paper onto its scales. Kiddos can use the book to get some inspiration on how they’d like to decorate their fish!

Take it one step further and have one of the scales loosely glued on so kids can share their scales with others!

Movement Time Activity: Swimming


Scooter board or yoga mat.

Skill Check

The goal of this week is to master your “swim on land” skills, using both arms and legs simultaneously while on your stomach.

Growing My Skills

Lay over a pillow or couch cushion to make swimming just a little harder.

Try swimming with your eyes closed.

Flip onto your back while on a pillow and try a back-stroke.

Swim with only the right side of your body, isolating your movements. Switch to only the left side next.

Mealtime Activity: Make a Fruit Salad


1/4 cup each: chopped strawberries, peeled mandarin oranges, sliced banana, sliced kiwi, blueberries, sliced grapes.

2 Tablespoons orange juice.


Mixing spoon.

Cutting board.

Knife, bowl.

Plates for organizing fruit.

All done bowl for the fruits we aren’t ready for yet.

Skill Check

The goal of this activity is to progress from popsicles to whole fruit! Kiddo can eat, taste, or explore whole fruits of varying colors.

Growing My Skills

Have the adult cut & measure the fruit.

Have the child pour the ingredients in the bowl, mix the salad, scoop, and serve the salad.

If we aren’t ready to eat the fruit yet that’s fine!

Try arranging it on the plate in the shape of a rainbow with a fork or finger. Or try putting the fruit pieces on a popsicle stick and treat it like a frozen popsicle from last week!

Language Time Activity: Water Play


Water Bucket.

Water-safe toys.

Water Balloons.

Rain Stick Materials:

Paper towel roll.

Dry rice.

Duct tape.

Decorations (stickers, paint, markers).

Skill Check

The goal of this week is to work on pragmatic language skills of taking turns, receptive language skills of answering “wh-” questions and expressive language skills of expanding utterances and talking about attributes of common items.

Growing My Skills

Fill a bucket, tub or pool with water and place water-safe items inside.

During water play discuss which items are “heavy” and “sink” and which are “light” and “float.”

Have your child help fill up water balloons – discuss colors and that the water goes inside the balloon to change its size and shape.

Take turns tossing water balloons. Label whose turn it is!

Make a rain stick using the materials listed above. Have your child use their words to request specific items that they need/want.

Talk about what rain sounds like and play with rain stick.