Early Learning Programs – Ocean Life Discovery

Our Ocean Life Discovery Program is an interactive touch and learn session introducing children to a range of interesting creatures from the ocean. Inspirational, qualified marine educators arrive with fascinating live marine animals, artefacts, games and activities; blending ‘hands on’ interaction with a touch of science and a lot of humour to make learning fun!

Our aim is to inspire young children to take responsibility for the marine ecosystem for a lifetime.

 

Program format

Early Learning Programs usually include a 20-30 minute show for toddlers and a 40 minute show for ages 3 – 5 years. Multiple programs for large centres and Kindy programs are also available. Programs can be tailored to suit requirement. See program details below.

FREE Colorful Kids Bookmark – FREE Risk Assessment – Coming to Visit Poster

 

Live Marine Animal Interaction

Baby Bamboo Shark, Fresh Water Turtle, Blue Linckia Seastars, Thorny Seastars, Tropical Sea Cucumber, Black Sea Cucumber, Sea Urchins

 

 

Artefact Activity Station

Our enticing activity area enables students to explore fascinating artefacts such as shark jaws, odd and interesting shells and replica sea creatures and to get creative with our activities.

 

 

FREE Educational resources

FREE thorough supporting information – teaching guides, activities, worksheets and more

 

 

 

FREE “We’re Coming to Visit’ Poster

 

 

FREE Give-Aways

All children receive a colorful bookmark to take home which includes ideas on what they can do to help care for the environment.

 

 

 

Toddler Program (6 months – 2.5 years): 20 – 30 mins

This interactive touch and learn session introduces children to creatures from the ocean.  There are marine creatures for the children to touch as well as shells and pictures to look at.  Children will discover:

*Animals have colours, patterns, shapes and textures
*Handling and care of live animals by following simple instruction
*Shells are protective houses once used by living marine creatures
*Marine animals look & feel different for a reason
*The importance of caring for these animals
*Animals breathe & exist under water
*Weird sea creatures have mouths, stomachs and legs like humans, but they are very different in appearance.

 

Ocean Life Discovery Program (3-5 years):  40 mins

This program offers a greater depth of information about creatures from the ocean.  There are marine creatures for children to touch and amazing artefacts such as shark jaws and teeth, which create excitement and understanding.  Conservation is introduced and the importance of caring for the environment for the future.  Beginning concepts of grouping animals (classification) and the role animals play in the marine environment and their relationship with other animals (ecology) is explored.

 

 

 

 

This child responsive experience will answer questions such as:

*Why is a sea star not a starfish and how do they eat?
*How can you tell what sharks eat, just by looking at their teeth?
*How do sea urchins help keep the sea clean?
*What might happen if you drop a plastic bag on the ground?
*How do marine animals protect themselves?

Some things I might learn:

*A starfish isn’t a fish at all – now we call the sea stars.  They are rough and spiky on top and a little squishy underneath where their tube fee are.
*Sea Urchins don’t like being upside down and turn themselves back over using their spikes
*Tropical sea cucumbers have red stripes to say ‘Stop!’ I’m poison, don’t eat me. They are spongy and soft
*Lots of sea creatures use ‘camouflage’ for protection
*Sea cucumbers eat sand off the bottom of the ocean, keeping it clean
*Some sea stars shoot their stomachs out to catch food
*It’s up to all of us to look after our ocean, to help all the sea creatures survive and do their special job in maintaining the marine environment.

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