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Safety > Water
theme > Water Safety
Today is going to be a day the children
can imagine they are by the seashore collecting shells. After
they imagine this, they can make a collage of their
The children will also hear about some basic water safety tips around
the beach, swimming pools, lakes, or rivers.
Activity #1: Searching for
Seashells and Sea Creatures on the Seashore
1. Tell the children they will be going to an imaginary
2. Print the seashore creatures
template in color
or grayscale (one
page per child), and hide in a different location around room or
Note: The images were published in grayscale to allow
children to color and cover the gray areas in their color of choice
and these are helpful to encourage tracing over the lines rather than
"staying" inside the lines. The tracing practice
is done in a fun way and is a good pre-writing skills practice.
3. Have the children search for the seashore items page.
Give them a hint they are all in a piece of paper.
4. Once every one has found them, gather around and talk about
the images. Identify the images and if possible discuss a little
about them. There is information and activities related to most
of them in the Ocean
Activity #2: Art Appreciation - The Collage
Introduction to Pablo Picasso
1. Explain what is a collage and introduce the
precursor of this
visual art technique:
A collage is a type of visual art work made by sticking cloth, pieces
of paper, photographs, and other objects onto a surface. The
term collage was first coined by Georges
Braque and Pablo Picasso a famous
Spanish painter. He was the first to use it in oil paintings,
such as this
example. The word collage is derived from the French word "coller"
which means to paste or "glue."
Activity #3: Craft: Seashore Collage
1. Tell the children they will make their very own collage today
and the theme is a seashore collage with the shells & other
animals they "found" by the seashore.
2. Have the children color the images if applicable and cut out
the images to practice scissor cutting or they may need assistance.
3. While they are cutting or ahead of time, cut a piece of
construction paper into strips approximately 2 1/2 inches wide with a
wavy edge on one side (see illustration for an example). The
children can glue this wavy piece (the ocean waves) to a brown or tan
piece of construction paper (a brown paper bag can also be
4. The children can proceed to glue the seashells, starfish, and
clam images on the brown area (the sand). Tell the children the
blue part represents the water waves and the brown or tan part the
5. If you have real shells these would also be very nice to the
presentation and perhaps each child could glue one or two small ones
to the collage as well.
Collage in Children's Picture Books:
and Leo Lionni Explore Leo Lionni's collage technique and
his imaginative mice characters.
Activity #4: Water Safety
1. Print this water
safety sheet. Give each child a water safety activity
2. Review with the children the different safety statements on
the sheet. Place the sheet on a board or felt board and run your
fingers under the text as you red to demonstrate to children how text
is read from left to right.
3. Educators/Childcare providers: Tell the children they
are to take this sheet home and have their parents review it with them
and keep it as reminder of water safety. Tell the children
that water safety is important anywhere in areas where there is deep
Seashore Collage Illustration only
Ocean Creatures in color
Seashore Ocean Creatures
Grayscale (for coloring)
Water Safety Tips Sheet
Water Safety Tips Sheet
(black & white)
*brown - tan construction paper or sand paper (1 piece per child)
*blue construction paper-enough to cut strips 2 1/2 inches lengthwise for each
*something to color with
Optional: Sea shells