Friday, May 8, 2009

Book Project Friday

This week we have an Ocean Theme going on at our house. We have been studying ocean creatures and talking a lot about the beach! The girls are really enjoying this, so we may do it for another week! Here are two of the projects that we made this week: hand and foot lobster and foot print fish! Here is a fun book that we have enjoyed while doing the ocean theme! It's called Commotion in the Ocean!

Today we are going to make some sand castle clay! To make this, you will need:
1 cup sand
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup liquid starch

Combine the sand and cornstarch in an old pot. Stir in liquid starch. Cook this mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken and turn into a dough. Remove from the stove and allow to cool. Remove the clay and knead for 30 seconds. After creating your sculptures, allow them to dry until hard.

If you have a book inspired activity that you would like to share, please add your link to Mr. Linky! As always, Happy Reading:0)


  1. My son's preschool just gave all of the students this book and we have been reading it a lot. We'll have to make the sand creatures as soon as I can get rid of this cold. Thanks.

  2. I've never heard of sand castle clay! Sounds interesting. You'll have to post pictures of your creations.

  3. Oh this is such a good idea Sandy, we have that book and now I have the perfect extension activity to go with it!

  4. My kids love that book! We read it a bazillion times! Great idea!

  5. I love this book. Thanks for a wonderful activity to bring literature alive.

    I know my link is not an ocean book, but right now I am working on insects with my kindergartens. Sorry.

  6. Oooooo sand castles. The kids will love it. Hopefully you took some pictures to show us your kids creations:)

  7. Oh i really like the look of that book and activity!! we have "dinosaurs galore" by the same author which my son (3) loves!!


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