This is a great book for introducing shapes in a fun way. It takes each shape and transforms it into some fun picture in the sea from dolphins to starfish and many more. My two year old liked flipping through it and naming all the shapes and trying to name all the creatures that were in the book.
While my two and four year olds were flipping through the pictures again I grabbed a few pieces of construction paper (which I snagged at a back to school sale since we tend to go through them quickly) and started cutting out several of each shape. Luckily we have this shape sorter so I used each of the blocks to trace each shape since I have no artistic talent whatsoever. It was a little late to start an art project so I saved them for the next day.
While my son was napping my four year old had a lot of fun using the shapes to make her own sea pictures. First we used stick glue…
I somehow missed taking a picture of the final outcome but she used the “leaf” shapes to make the fish’s tail.
Then later we used more of the shapes and some paint to make our own ocean. I loved watching what she would come up with to create using the shapes and she painted waves, waterfalls and caves.
The other fun thing was blending paints together and working on what colors do you have to mix to make new colors. We used a lot of blues, greens and white to make the ocean and then some yellow and orange for other items. She amazed me how many of the color blends she’s remembered.
My daughter had a blast creating fish, divers, water falls, etc. Sea Shapes is definitely a great book to brainstorm about such ideas.