Contents: Water, water pearls, foam fish with memory verse written on it, sea shells hand-gathered from the Florida beach. Added a boat (rectangular foam folded in half and stapled) in week three, and plastic netting in week four.
Apparently, kindergarteners are not too old for sensory tubs. They spent 30 minutes clustered around this tub coming up with new ways to play. All I had to do was sit back and watch, and remind them that items stay in the Sea of Galilee.
- Hey, the fish stick to the sides!
- Let’s sort the fish.
- Whirlpool! (swirling the water madly around)
- Now there’s a storm.
They discovered that when you squeeze the water beads between your fingers, they “shoot” out. Both fish and shells were the recipients of this target practice. The shell with the hole in it was popular, getting repeatedly filled up, then letting the water beads trickle out as a “waterfall”.
One little girl decided the water beads were “babies” and while the boys were making a storm she spent her time “saving” the babies. Quite a few of the beads got squished into pieces, but those pieces then became “food” for the babies.
This Sea of Galilee tub was in our classroom during a month of New Testament stories. Bible lessons might include:
- Calling of the Disciples. “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
- Jesus Calms the Storm. “Peace, be still.”
- Healing of the Paralytic. Four friends and a lame man let down through the roof.
- Feeding of the Multitudes. And a little boy gave his lunch.
- Jesus Walks on Water. Peter too.
- Jesus Helped a Man Hear. Healing of the deaf man.
- Jesus Helped a Man See. Healing of the blind man.