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Bring the sights of the sea indoors with this fun and interactive diving dolphins creation!
This activity is appropriate for:
preschool - 2nd grade / 4 - 7 years
You will need:
- Paper plates
- Lakeshore Fully Washable Liquid Tempera Paint - 1 Pint (turquoise and dark blue)
- Construction Paper - 9" x 12" (gray)
- Dolphin templates
- Crayons or markers
- Help-Yourself Glue Tubes
- Brass fasteners
- Dolphins by Sylvia M. James (optional)
- Fiskars Classroom Scissors
Before you begin:Print and cut out the dolphin templates, then trace onto several sheets of gray construction paper (or simply print the templates directly onto gray construction paper). Ensure there are enough dolphins traced or printed onto the construction paper for each student to have two or three.
- Give each student two paper plates.
- Have students paint one of their plates turquoise and the other dark blue.
- While the paint on the plates is drying, invite students to cut out two to three dolphin shapes each from the gray construction paper and then decorate the dolphins with crayons or markers.
- Help students glue the dolphins around the edges of the turquoise plates about an inch from the rim so that they all face the same direction.
- Encourage each student to cut crescent shapes out from the top of the dark blue plate to create a surface of ocean waves, ensuring that they do not cut past the center of the plate. (For younger students, you may want to either complete this step for them or draw cut-lines onto their plates for them to follow.)
- Have students overlay their dark blue plates onto the turquoise plates, arranging the plates so that their bottom edges align.
- Help each student poke a brass fastener through the center of the two plates and then loosely secure the fastener through the back of the turquoise plate.
- Show students how to hold the top plate and gently spin the turquoise plate behind it to make the dolphins “dive” in and out of the water!