The Ocean's Motion

oceanmotion A fun and creative way to teach about currents and the motion of the oceans, lakes, rivers and all bodies of water. This activity correlates well with water or weather units, as well as color units.


  • To teach children about currents in the water and the movement of bodies of water
  • To reinforce color recognition

Before You Start: Collect empty 16.9 ounce water bottles for each child in your class. Also, have food coloring packets or various colors of Liquid Watercolor™ on hand. You will also need Silver Shimmer Powder or glitter. (Note: for each water bottle you will need 1/2 teaspoon each of shimmer powder).

Let's Get Started! Step 1. Allow children to fill empty water bottles with clean water.

Step 2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of Silver Shimmer powder to each bottle of water.

Step 3. Have the children choose the color of their "ocean water" using the food coloring or Liquid Watercolor™. The children can mix colors to make another color if they choose.

Step 4. Screw the bottle tops onto the water bottles and tape over them with duct tape or colored masking tape to ensure that the tops do not come loose during play.

Step 5. Shake well and watch the "motion of the ocean."

Step 6. Use this opportunity to discuss currents and bodies of water.

Furthermore: After completing the activity, read a fun ocean-themed book aloud to the children. One great book to try is "Commotion in the Ocean" by Giles Andreae.

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