When the children have talked about the ocean, ocean animals, going to the beach, etc. each year around the same time I have brought out our under-the-sea manipulatives, filled the sensory bin with seashells, sea glass, rocks, and pretend ocean animals, get the hand and finger puppets out, etc. But after seeing some very creative ideas on Pinterest, that other people had done for their Vacation Bible School at their Church as well as my daughter and son-in-law building and painting some very awesome wooden props for a child's mermaid birthday party, I just knew I wanted to bring that creativity to life for the children here in my child care.
I loved how so many people used clear balloons to make bubbles for their setups, but I knew that they would be a danger to the toddlers/preschoolers as they love to interact and touch the setups I do for them. So I lucked out and found inflatable small clear balls that came 12 to a set and they were perfect. They even withstood the children kicking them all over the yard. And I have already thought of several ways I can use these in other projects. (Right now I am in the process of wrapping them with foil wrapping paper to make them look like balls of candy for our Candyland theme.)