Did you ever spend hours peering into the miniature world of tide pools when you were a kid? Check out this tide pool animals yoga journey to learn more about the interesting creatures that live there.
My daughter and I attended a tide pool demonstration at our local library last summer. The presenter was from the New England Aquarium, and she had brought tide pool animals in for the children to learn about and then touch in little tanks.
The children were completely rapt in learning about tide pool life—and to be honest, so were the parents! The beauty of aquariums is that children get to learn about coastal life even they don’t live close to a beach.
Some simple fun facts things the marine biologist taught us about how to distinguish between the tide pool animals:
- Snails often hide in their shells.
- Hermit crabs have claws that dig in sand.
- Clams have two shells that are stuck close together.
- Sea stars have five arms, one eye on end of each arm, and two mouths.
- Mussels are eaten by sea stars.
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Tide Pool Books for Kids
At the presentation, the librarian had a bunch of tidal pool books on display. We checked out the selection of tide pool books, so we could share our favorites with you:
In One Tidepool: Crabs, Snails, and Salty Tails
by Anthony Fredericks and Jennifer DiRubbio
A little girl is introduced to tide pool life through rhyming text and bright illustrations.
Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish
by Janet Halfmann and Joan Paley
The story follows a day in the life of a starfish as it journeys through the tide pool and meets other creatures.
A House for Hermit Crab (The World of Eric Carle)
by Eric Carle
One of Eric Carle’s famous books takes the reader on a journey as the hermit crab looks for a new home. Even though the book is set on the ocean floor, you could talk about the similarities of the animals in tide pools versus the ocean floor.
What Lives in a Shell?
by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld and Helen Davie
This book is part of the Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out Science series. This would be a good book if you’d like to talk more specifically about the tide pool animals that live in shells.
One Small Place by the Sea
by Barbara Brenner and Tom Leonard
This simple book introduces readers to the various animals that live in the tide pool.
Tide Pool Animals Books for Kids
After reading through the tide pool books, we made a list of tide pool animals:
Sea star, mussels, sea snails, lobster, crabs, sea anemones, limpet, sea urchin, sea cucumber, barnacle, sponge, scallop, and nudibranch.
Did we miss any?
Tidal Pool Animals Yoga Poses for Kids
You could start your yoga journey by pretending to climb down to the ocean. Imagine looking to see if it’s a high tide or low tide. Head over to the tidal pools. Pretend to put your googles on and take a deep breath to put your face into the shallow waters. Ask the children what they might see.
The next step is to act out the tide pool animals through simple yoga poses for kids. Use this list as a guide, but feel free to make up your own tide pool yoga postures. These poses are listed in a specific sequence to invite flow from one pose to the next.
What were your favorite tide pool animal yoga poses?
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