We had a great time visiting the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. We have been several times and if you live in the San Diego area, I highly recommend it. They have all kinds of sea animals…jellyfish, octopus, all kinds of fish from a variety of areas, and sharks.
The kids also love the outdoor area with tide pools and play ocean animals that they can pick up and touch.
There is a special exhibit all about seahorses right now too. I was surprised at how tiny some of them are!
Here are a few fun printables if you are doing an ocean unit or if you are planning on visiting an aquarium or tide pools, these would be great to use before or after your visit:
Some Ocean Themed Books we Enjoy:
Little Star by Antonin Louchard. This wordless book has beautiful pictures and is fun and creative because you can make up your own story to go with the pictures. We had a lot of fun with this one!
Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle. This colorful, fun book begins with Mrs. Seahorse laying her eggs into a pouch on Mr. Seahorse’s belly. Mr. Seahorse roams around the ocean meeting a variety of other ocean animals caring for their eggs. This book is a fun way to learn about different sea animals and to learn how a variety of sea animals are born.
For more ocean themed books and activities, check out my post on the Letter F. We read lots of books about fish and did a fun fish craft too!
Do you have any favorite books about ocean life that your kids love?
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