Creative World Ocean Day projects for your students

By | 2017-08-17T20:05:58+00:00 May 31st, 2017|For teachers|0 Comments

World Oceans Day is coming up next week and there’s plenty to do make the world and its oceans cleaner and healthier. We brought you some creative projects to help your students celebrate World Oceans Day.

What is World Oceans Day?

World Oceans Day is a day in which participants worldwide promote awareness for a healthier ocean environment through collaborative efforts. The overall theme for this year’s World Oceans Day, on June 8th, is Our Oceans, Our Future. The focus is to encourage solutions to plastic pollution and litter in the oceans for a better future. If you’d like to participate in a registered event, you can take a look at them here.

If you or your students are unable to participate in a registered World Oceans Day event, they can easily participate in their classrooms or at home. Here’s some creative projects that kids all over the world can have fun with, while learning about ocean pollution.

1. Plastic upcycle mural

Make a mural to hang in a public space or decorate walls designated for public painting. Have your students work together, or task them to create the mural with their family and friends. Fitting with this year’s World Oceans Day theme, students should collect as many pieces of plastic trash as they can. They can then use the plastic to create a mosaic of a beautiful ocean scene.

If your students can not get their hands on enough plastic to create a mural, they can always use paints, markers, or any other art supplies that are available.

Welcome Ecuador! by SEEDalternative (15Y Canada)

Welcome Ecuador! by SEEDalternative (15Y Canada)

2. Community sidewalk chalk awareness piece

Ask your students to get together, or to invite their neighbors, family and friends to create a collaborative sidewalk chalk art piece that celebrates the oceans. Your community can make your own eco-friendly sidewalk chalk that will eventually wash off during the next rains. Groups can even choose specific oceans, seas or marine scenes to create on their own streets and sidewalks.

Sunset ocean by SaraG (7Y Japan)

Sunset ocean by SaraG (7Y Japan)

3. Recycled water bottle fish yard decor

Ask your students to collect empty water bottles from their friends and family. Students and parents can visit their neighbors together to collect their water bottles as well. Once students have collected enough water bottles to decorate the yard with, they can begin making their fish. They’ll need scissors, tape and non-toxic acrylic paints. You can find instructions for making plastic water bottle fish here.

Once all of your fish are done, students can tie their fish to trees in the their yard, fence posts, awnings or any other surfaces. Students should be ready explain the World Oceans Day’s mission to passersby who stop to admire the recycled fish.

4. Bubble wrap octopus

Bubble wrap is another type of plastic that is commonplace in our homes. This bubble wrap octopus is a creative project that is fun and easy for students to create. They’ll need bubble wrap, x2 sheets of stock card, non-toxic kid’s paint and a paintbrush, a stapler, sharpie and white paper. First kids can paint the bubble wrap any way they like. This will serve as a sort of stamp to decorate the body of the octopus. Students can also paint strips of bubble wrap for each of the octopus’ legs. You can find detailed instructions on creating a bubble wrap octopus here.

An octopus is a fascinating creature. Ask your students to do a bit of their own research on them and find as many interesting (or even strange) facts possible.

5. Plastic bag jellyfish

Plastic bags make up a large part of the ocean’s litter. Many marine animals mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and die after consuming them. Animals and coral become entangled in plastic bags, also leading to their deaths. In this World Oceans Day project, students can create their own plastic bag jellyfish to admire in their own homes. Students should cut the plastic bag, tapering off a balloon shape for the body. Once that’s tied off, students can cut tentacles from the plastic.

The “body” should be filled with water and a bit of air for buoyancy. Then students should fill a bottle of their choice with water and a couple of drops of blue coloring. They can then drop their jellyfish in to see it come alive.

Are your students planning on doing any of these fun World Oceans Day projects? Be sure to share them with us on Creatubbles.

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