Three great ocean themed crafts

In The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson, a tiny snail meets a humpback whale. The two travel together to far-off lands with one big unexpected adventure awaiting this mismatched pair.  To go along with the reading of this book, we created a color resist craft, plus 2 ocean-themed recipes to make sure you have a whale of a fun time!

Color Resist Craft

This craft requires prep work by an adult. Here's what you'll need:

  • computer and printer to download and print color page and recipe 
  • card stock paper to print out color page
  • crayons
  • blue acrylic paint, diluted with water in a cup
  • foam paint brush
  • googly eyes

Download and print the coloring page (click image below). Color the page with crayons (don't color the sky or water). Dip the foam brush into diluted blue paint and paint over the entire page. Blot off excess water. Let dry. Glue googly eyes to whale and snail. Recommended ages 3+ yrs.

Mermaid Slime

This craft requires assistance by an adult. Here's what you'll need:

  • ½ cup of clear glue 
  • ½ - 1 cup of Sta-Flo liquid starch
  • glitter
  • food coloring

In a bowl, mix together glue, glitter and a few drops of blue food coloring. 

Gradually pout the liquid starch into the glue, mixing it with a fork. The slime will begin to form; knead by hand when the mixture is too stiff for a fork.

Keep adding the starch until slime texture is achieved. Recommended ages 3+ yrs.

Ocean in a Bottle

This craft requires assistance by an adult. Here's what you'll need:

  • clear plastic 2-liter bottle, empty
  • water
  • vegetable oil
  • blue food coloring
  • glitter, seashells, marbles, ceramic fish

Fill ⅓ of the bottle with water. Add a few drops of blue food coloring. Mix. Add in glitter, etc.
Fill the rest of the bottle with vegetable oil to the brim. Secure with cap. If you want, hot glue cap in place.

Now gently move the bottle back and forth to create ocean waves. Recommended ages 3+ yrs.

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