Next week’s Camp Au Pair theme is Under the Sea.
Crafts, recipes, activities, and games related to creatures who live under the sea can all be found here on the Camp Au Pair – Under the Sea pinboard.
Field Trips can be a great way for kids to learn and have new experiences. Get permission from your host parents before any outings. Check the websites before you go to be sure you understand the hours, costs, and whether advance tickets/reservations are required. Search online to see if your area has any of the following:
- Pet or outdoor store (Bass Pro Shop) with fish tanks
- Nature Center
Online Games – NOAA has fun interactive games that help kids learn about sea turtle survival.
- Aquarium of the Pacific – Tropical Reef, and Sea Nettles
- Clearwater Marine Aquarium – Dolphins, Otters, and Turtle Rescue
- Monterey Bay Aquarium – Jellyfish, Sharks, and Crabs
Videos – Look for fun videos on YouTube about sea creatures. There’s more to see than Baby Shark. Movies like Finding Nemo, Dolphin Tale, and the Little Mermaid also go well with this theme.
- Ocean Animals for Kids
- All About Sharks for Kids
- Learn How to Save Sea Turtles
- Turtle Facts for Kids is a good video to start with for younger kids.
- If your kids are a little older, check out 10 Crazy Facts About Sea Turtles (below).
Books – Stop by your local library and look for books on sea creatures. The Rainbow Fish is a classic children’s book, your kids may already own. If not, you can find videos like this of it being read aloud.
Movies – There are lots of movies with under the sea themes.
- A Dolphin Tale
- Finding Dory
- Finding Nemo
- Little Mermaid
- Shark Tale
- Song of the Sea
Television – There are some episodes of children’s television shows that talk about life under the sea.
The Magic School Bus is a television series that follows Ms. Frizzle and her class as they set off on field trips. Most episodes can be found on YouTube. Here are some episodes that fit this week’s theme.
- The Magic School Bus Takes a Dive
- The Magic School Bus Goes to Mussel Beach
- The Magic School Bus Goes Upstream