Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Here Fishy Fishy!

Our Playgroup this week was all about fish, and to celebrate we even brought some live goldfish to play with!  

 During the playgroup we talked about clean water.  Just as our fish needed special water to live in, we need clean water to drink.  We can’t go around drinking water from puddles or rivers or we’d get sick from all kinds of germs!  I explained that when I got the fish I had to leave the water out and put some chemical in it so it would be safe for the fish.  This was a great way to teach kids about the water we drink and how we need to drink clean water.  We then made our own aquariums and had a fun snack!

Make Your Own Aquarium!

What you’ll need:
·         Paper
·         Crayons
·         Glue
·         Fish Cutouts

First, make an empty fish bowl on a piece of paper.  You can find one off the internet (like we did) or draw a bowl yourself.  Color the sand at the bottom and the water as a background.  Next glue some fish cutouts onto the page.  You can draw on the fish to give them a design, eyes, or make bubbles coming out of the mouths!  Most of the kids wanted to put as many fish as they could in their bowl, but had to decide which fish to use so that everything fit.  It was a great way for the kids to practice organizing! 

Fish Tank Snack!

-   What you’ll need:
·         -        Package of Blue Jello
·         -   Swedish fish or gummy sharks
·        -    Plastic cups or bowls

Prepare the jello as directed and pour into cups.  We used small cups to make it easier to pass out to the kids.  Then put in the fish and let it sit for a couple hours.  Place the fish completely underwater, have the fish poking its head out, or lay the fish on top if you want!  You can also pour all your jello into a glass bowl for parties or as a fun centerpiece to make it look like a small edible aquarium.  The kids loved it!

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