This week in our homeschool we have been learning about the octopus and other ocean animals, we’ve been able to do several fun activities, and have a few more still left to do, but, I just wanted to share a few of them with you. One of our activities included making an ocean mural and anytime you bring out anything messy in this house the kids get thrilled!! But it actually ended up not even being any bit of a mess at all. We used some finger paints and SAND!!
I have never pulled out sand during arts and crafts time before but I do have to say we may do it more often because, it was a hit!
We also made an octopus hot dog which was so cute and the kids loved getting to eat them. They were the cutest things ever! What we did was take a hot dog weenie and cut the bottom portion in half, then in half again, and once more to make 8 legs (great math lesson by the way). Make sure you use a sharp knife though because as you cut more it gets harder and harder to make good cuts so use a sharp one or else you’ll cut off a leg. After you cut it, boil it in some water for just a couple of minutes and watch as the legs curl up to look just like octopus legs, and then the kids requested I cut eyes and a smile for the octopus and then enjoy eating them (who doesn’t love a snack during school time!!)
Every week we have a biblical concept that goes along with whatever it is we are learning, and this week our biblical concept was “Even the octopus praises the Lord” and that comes from Psalm 69:34 “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and all that move in them.” So, we learned all about praising the Lord and all the ways we can show praise to Him, to go along with the number 8 which we also learned I had Jeremiah name 8 ways we can praise God, ask this to your children, and I’m sure their answers will surprise you, they know so much more than we give them credit for! We made a tambourine to use to praise the lord out of two paper plates they decorated and some rice in the center although I would recommend using a stapler instead of glue, because even with rubber cement the plates came apart.
One other activity our curriculum says to try out which we may is taking a glass of water using black watercolor paint to show how the octopus uses ink to hide from predators I thought this would be really great for those who learn visually!
What have you been up to in your homeschool, do you have certain things you study each week, or do you teach some other way? I would love to hear all about the adventures in your homeschool! Comment below!