12 Activities Exploring our Amazing Oceans

Here's our second post celebrating World Oceans Day.
The theme of this year's World Oceans Day is Youth: the Next Wave of change. If we're going to encourage the next generation to respect & care for our oceans we have to give them plenty of opportunities to explore them in a number of ways. Of course, there is nothing better than experiencing the ocean first hand, but there are many other ways to encourage an interest & get excited about all that our oceans have to offer. Below are just some of the activities we've enjoyed.

1. Visit a local aquarium (or wildlife centre) & check out their marine conservation programs. Many aquariums encourage children to interact with various marine life, & allow them to observe underwater habitats closeup.

2. Make your own small world play scene with our Ocean Play Dough (with sounds of the sea) or our Mirrored Seascape.

3. Paint the Ocean. What does the ocean look & feel like to you...

4. Read a story book inspired by the Ocean. Here are 5 of our favourites.

5. Sail across the ocean to a desert island

7. Create your own underwater collage with these colourful footpints & handprints 

8. Feel the power of the sea & go surfing / paddling with a friend

9. Explore the hidden treasures of a rock pool 

10. Go on a beach watch or coastal cleanup & collect litter. A practical way to encourage care for marine life, & a great opportunity to observe just what the sea washes up.

11. Make marine life puppets & create underwater adventures together. Here's our rainbow fish puppet along with our 'jumping jellyfish' kite.

12. Explore natural objects from the ocean in a bath (shells, pebbles, natural sponges) You could even pretend your are a fish, or a mermaid swimming in the ocean!

To find out more about our oceans & marine conservation check out the following sites.