Provide each child an opportunity to use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut a star from a slice of whole wheat bread. Help children spread their stars with peanut butter. (Use margarine, cream cheese, or other toppings for children who have peanut allergies.) Sprinkle grated cheese, cinnamon, or other toppings, then toast the concoctions in the oven. When they cool, students can enjoy a tasty sea star snack.
Draw a sea star shape onto a sheet of blue paper, one for each child. (Your starfish shape might look like this one.) Instruct children to apply glue inside the outline of the sea star shape. Then let them sprinkle dry oatmeal onto the glue. When the glue dries, shake off excess oatmeal and invite children to draw seaweed and little fish on their blue oceans.
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