Paper Plate Sea Creatures

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Travis is enamored with sea creatures now that we’ve returned from the shore. Luckily I had paper plates on hand upon our arrival home, which was all we needed to bring the sea to us!

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To start, I cut out several sea animal shapes from the plates. Travis was eager to help with the scissors, so with some adult guidance he helped cut the snips for jellyfish tentacles and octopus legs.

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Then it was time to decorate! Dot markers were a mess-free and perfect way to make our sea creatures colorful.

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Travis declared his orange and blue fish a clownfish without any prompting!

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Mommy added the smile and eyes onto our jolly octopus after Travis had dotted him all over with yellow.

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Let the paint dry, and then turn your living room into a giant ocean full of swimming sea creatures.

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Spider Web Walk

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Travis recently fell in love with finding spider webs at our vacation house – so I surprised him this morning with a giant tape web on the floor! The web lends itself to lots of games.

First, we made “bugs” to get stuck in the web. I only had 3 pipe cleaners on hand but go ahead and scrunch up as many pipe cleaners as you like to form creepy crawlies.

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We then made up games of tossing the bugs into the sticky web and finding silly ways to get to them: on hands and knees; on tip toes; etc.

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I thought he might also enjoy driving cars through the web, since the tape lines made for perfect racing markers.

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Far more fun than this, however, was Travis’s decision to make his own spider web! He loved putting down each piece of sticky tape, which became a great chance to talk about how real spider webs are sticky, too, and why.

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He was so proud of his final creation!

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