You are invited to download the seahorse pack – learning printables for preschool and kindergarten children. Use this resource with clear true-to-life images and photographs to create hands-on ocean-themed activities for your students.
Seahorses are fascinating creatures that live in oceans and seas around the world. They are fish that have a unique shape and swim upright, using their dorsal fin to propel themselves forward. Seahorses have a special prehensile tail that enables them to anchor themselves to seaweed or corals. They feed on small shrimp and plankton and have a unique way of reproducing- the male seahorse carries the eggs and gives birth to the young. Unfortunately, seahorses are threatened by habitat loss and overfishing, and it’s important to protect these amazing creatures and their environments.
The seahorse life cycle starts when male seahorses court a female with their dance, and when eggs are laid into a special pouch on the male’s belly. In the pouch, the eggs are protected and nourished until they hatch into tiny seahorse babies, called fry. The fry then exit the pouch and become part of the ocean community. Seahorses are unique because, unlike most other species, their males carry and give birth to their young. It is important that we protect these amazing creatures to ensure they continue to thrive in our oceans.
Seahorse hands-on activities
Preschoolers can learn about seahorses through various activities such as making seahorse crafts using paper plates and streamers, creating seahorse habitats using sand and seashells, playing seahorse-themed memory games, listening to seahorse stories and learning fun facts about seahorses, and engaging in seahorse role-play activities. Preschoolers can also learn about seahorse anatomy through visual aids such as diagrams, pictures, and models. These activities not only teach preschoolers about seahorses but also promote creativity, imagination, and cognitive development.
Seahorse crafts are a great way to keep preschoolers engaged and entertained. Using foam or construction paper, children can create their own seahorse shapes and decorate them with various materials such as glitter, sequins, and markers. Another fun idea is to make seahorse puppets using paper bags or felt, allowing children to play with and display their creations. For a more sensory experience, seahorse slime or playdough can be made, incorporating seahorse-shaped molds to enhance the theme.
To make a seahorse sensory bin for kids, start by filling a bin with sand or water beads. Add seashells, coral, and seaweed to create an underwater environment. Next, add seahorse figurines or toys to the bin. You can also include scoops and tools for kids to dig and pour. To enhance the sensory experience, consider adding a few drops of blue food coloring to the water or burying small treasures for kids to discover. Encourage exploration and imagination as children play and learn about seahorses and the ocean.
Children will be excited to learn about seahorses – small fish in the genus Hippocampus. Hippocampus comes from híppos meaning horse and kámpos meaning sea monster or sea animal.
Children will learn stages of the seahorse life cycle and parts of the seahorse, practice sequencing skills, and work to improve their concentration and fine motor skills. This resource will come in handy if you are planning to refresh your shelf work with animals of the ocean activities, explore the ocean biome, or learn about different types of fish in your Montessori and early childhood classroom.
This resource contains a seahorse life cycle poster, worksheet, 3-part cards, and parts of the seahorse printable.
Here is what’s included:
- Seahorse life cycle diagram
- Seahorse life cycle 3 part cards
- Seahorse life cycle coloring, cutting, and pasting worksheet (color and blackline)
- Seahorse life cycle tracing strips
- Seahorse life cycle information cards
- Parts of a Seahorse diagram
- Parts of a Seahorse diagram minus labels
- Parts of a Seahorse labels
- Parts of a Seahorse information cards
- Parts of a Seahorse tracing & independent writing worksheet
- Parts of a Seahorse student booklet (independent writing)
- Species of Seahorses 3 part cards
- Species of Seahorses information cards
- Seahorse characteristics color poster
- Seahorse characteristics black line poster
- Seahorse characteristics mat
- Seahorse characteristics color cards
- Seahorse characteristics tracing & coloring student booklet
- Seahorse characteristics student booklet
- Seahorse information poster
- My Book of Seahorses
- Seahorse Food vs Preditors sorting cards
- Seahorse anatomy diagram adjective activity
Age: Preschool ages 3 – 6 years
How to use this resource:
Parts of the seahorse – Gather books on seahorses for children to explore. Print posters and label cards on cardstock and laminate. Cut individual label cards.
Attach clear velcro to the poster without labels and label cards. Velco will come in especially handy if you decide to take your work outdoors. Having an additional challenge for little fingers is always welcomed when working with young children.
Present the poster – name all parts and invite the students to share their thoughts on the various functions of each part. Then read each label and invite the student to match it to the corresponding part of the seahorse’s body.
Life cycle poster – print on cardstock and laminate. Present all stages of the seahorse life cycle. Invite the children to retell them or tell their own story that features all the stages.
Seahorse life cycle 3- part cards – Print on cardstock and laminate if you wish to preserve colors and card quality for future use. Place picture cards in a column and invite the children to match the picture to the picture and the word to the word.
Seahorse life cycle line art – supply scissors, glue, and coloring pencils. Invite the student to color and cut cards and glue them into the correct sequence.
Seahorse tracing/labeling and coloring worksheets – print on cardstock and laminate. Supply an erasable pen. Invite the child to trace the words and color corresponding images. Alternatively, print pages on regular printing paper and invite the child to trace or label parts of the seahorses and seahorse life cycle.
Children’s Books and Resources for Learning about the Ocean
Introduction study of the ocean that contains hands-on resources to teach students about unique aspects of the largest biome on Earth while developing their concentration, logical thinking, comprehension skills, reading and so much more.
All resources are designed to adapt to each individual student and fit your classroom needs. Students will learn about the main characteristics of the ocean, types of oceans, marine life, and their adaptations, and receive a general introduction.
This list of resources is a great addition to your geography shelves and science display area.
Here is what’s included:
- Characteristics of the ocean biome reading cards
- Layers of the ocean – sorting cards, 3-part cards, information cards, blackline master
- Animals of the ocean – sorting cards and 3-part cards
- Animal and plant adaptations and research forms – reading activity
- Oceans of the world – 3-part cards, information cards, blackline master
- Water-dwellings vs water transportation – sorting cards
- Parts of an Orca – 3-part cards, poster, blackline master (cursive and print)
Please note: This printable is included in the Nature Curriculum in Cards Bundle.
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