We love the book Big Al, by Andrew Clements Yoshi.
Big Al is a big, ugly looking fish who just wants a friend.
But the other fish are scared of him, and run away when he tries to talk to them.
It's a sweet and charming book, so we decided to do some activities based on Big Al.
First, we played with our dolphin collection in the sink.
I got this idea from a commenter on JDaniel4sMom's blog.
It was a huge hit, and Pierce said it was the highlight of his day.
Later, we added some tupperwares to make islands and boats.
Then we started our big craft project.
We used a paper plate, painted blue.
We added shells from our trip to Ocean Isle Beach, some moss we gathered in the yard, and foam fish stickers.
Then Pierce went to work with the green glitter glue stick, making swirls of waves.
We used another paper plate, painted gold, to make the window.
Voila! Just like looking out the porthole of a ship.
Pierce really enjoyed learning about what a porthole was, and exploring the ocean.
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