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
- Tell the children they will be going to an imaginary
- Print the seashore creatures
template in color
or black and white (one
page per child), have children color it (if applicable) cut out.
- Hide the 'sea creatures' in different locations around a room or
- Have the children search for the seashore items.
- 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
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
- 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.
- Cut a blue piece of
construction paper into a strip approximately 2 1/2 inches wide with a
wavy edge on one side (see illustration for an example).
children can glue this wavy piece (the ocean waves) to a brown or tan
piece of construction paper, or sand paper. A brown paper bag is another option.
- The children can proceed to glue the seashells, starfish, and
clam images on the brown area (the shore). Tell the children the
blue part represents the seashore ocean water, and the brown or tan part the
- 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.
Related activities: Collage in Children's Picture Books:
and Leo Lionni Explore Leo Lionni's collage technique and
his imaginative mice characters.
Activity 4 > Water Safety
- Print this water
safety sheet. Give each child a water safety activity
- Review with the children the different safety statements on
- 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.
- 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. Water safety is important anywhere in areas where there is deep
Activity 5 > Activity > Boating and Water Safety Coloring Book [PDF format] courtesy of Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources.
Seashore Collage Illustration
black & white
Water Safety Tips Sheet
black & white
*brown - tan construction paper or sand paper
*blue construction paper-enough for a strip 2 1/2 inches lengthwise for each
Optional: Sea shells