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BLAST Early Learning
Warm Water Creatures


In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
Illustrations and rhyming text describe the activities of animals living in and near a small pond as spring progresses to autumn.


Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea
by Jan Peck ; illustrated by Valeria Petrone
A child explores the treasures of the deep blue sea from the safety of a bathtub.


Open-ended Questions for In the Small, Small Pond:

  • What do you think it means that the minnows “scattered?”
  • Tell me about a time that you “waded” in the water.


Five Little Fishies
Five little fishies (hold up five fingers)
Swimming in the sea (one hand to be fish swimming side to side)
Teasing Mr. Shark (hands by head, thumbs in ears, wiggle back and forth)
"Can't catch me!"

Along came Mr. Shark (two hands together prayer style swimming back and forth)
Quiet as can be (hold index finger to lips)

And he SNAPPED a fishy right out of the sea (clap hands together like a shark's mouth)

Four little fishies
Swimming in the sea (hold up four fingers)... (continue with rest of rhyme)

(continue down to "One little fishy...")


Vocabulary Word:

wade - n. to play in shallow water
“Waddle, wade, geese parade…”
(taken from In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming)



Math: Size Comparisons
Use butcher paper to draw outlines of fish in their actual sizes and help the kids compare. For things that will not fit, just do part of it, like a leg of an
octopus or part of the face of a whale. See how many starfish it would take to fill up one octopus leg. Get creative with comparing all of the different creatures!

Art: Sheet Painting
Materials: Spray bottles, water,
liquid tempera paint (variety of colors) and an old sheet.
Description: Fill a spray bottle with half water and half tempera paint. For creative outdoor fun, hang an old sheet on a fence or create a clothesline and have the children spray paint it.

Art: Outdoor Transparent Ocean Painting
Materials: Long strip of clear plastic (sheet), tempera paints (variety of colors), paint brushes, wire to hold up the plastic sheet, and a fence.
Description: Let the children help in attaching the plastic to the fence thereby encouraging participation and the use of large motor skills. Ask the children to paint the “canvas” with any things in the ocean.

Science: Diving Fish (from
Take a clear two-liter bottle and draw sea shapes (seaweed, waves, etc) on the outside of it with a permanent marker. Fill the bottle mostly full with water. Next add about a 1/4-cup of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the bottle. Drop a small handful of raisins into the bottle. And then watch. The raisins will collect bubbles all around them from the vinegar and baking soda chemical reaction this will cause them to float to the top. Once the reaction calms back down they will sink back down and then form more bubbles (causing them to rise again!) This will repeat for up to a half-hour.



The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen; pictures by Dan Hanna
The pout-pout fish believes he only knows how to frown, even though many of his friends suggest ways to change his expression, until one day a fish comes along that shows him otherwise.


Ugly Fish by Kara LaReau and Scott Magoon
At first Ugly Fish likes being alone in his tank so much that he eats any fish that tries to share it, but when he becomes lonely, he devises a better plan.


The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark
by Ken Geist; illustrated by Julia Gorton
In this spoof of The Three Little Pigs, Mama tells her three little fish that it's time to seek their fortunes. Jim builds a house of seaweed and Tim builds a house of sand, but it's up to Kim to find the house that will stop the big bad shark's munching and crunching.


Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle
After Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs on Mr. Seahorse's belly, he drifts through the water, greeting other fish fathers who are taking care of their eggs.