National Maritime Day Kids’ Ocean Art
Celebrating National Maritime Day with young children is a fun way to introduce preschoolers (and even toddlers) to the wonderful world of sea-going crafts. This is an easy (and artsy) activity to help your child engage her imagination, while learning about the ocean and crafts that move on it. Your child can create her own ocean, and then stock it with all kinds of boats. She can pretend that she’s the captain of a ship, and go for a ride on her DIY craft ocean.
- Cardboard – reuse the side of an old cardboard box
- Blue tissue paper
- Clear-drying school glue
- Toy ships (or your child can make her own out of modeling clay)
- Tear the tissue into pieces. Your child can use one shade of blue or a few different ones.
- Cut the cardboard into a square or rectangle. The bigger the board is, the bigger the ocean area will be.
- Collage the tissue paper onto the cardboard. Glue the tissue to the board, overlapping the edges. Your child can keep going until the entire top of the cardboard is covered.
- Let the glue dry.
Now your child is ready to play. She can put her ships on the ocean and move them around. Ask her where she thinks the ships are going, what they do and who is on them.