When we go to the beach we love to explore the water’s edge especially when the tide is low and there are more things to see. I look for glistening shells and smooth rocks and the occasional piece of sea glass. My kids pick up crabs and try to catch minnows. It is always especially fun to find something a bit more rare. So to celebrate tide pool discoveries I created this coloring page. My kids are coloring it right now as I write! When I handed it to my son he patted me on the back and said, “Good job.” My kids are my biggest fans.
Click on the following image to open and print the PDF coloring page…
My daughter’s second grade class learned about tide pools and we went on a field trip to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. The museum visit included a guided tour down to the mudflats. We had been there a bunch of times but this was the first time we had an expert with us! Her class used their hands on knowledge of tide pools to write stories. Here is my daughter’s:
THE TIDE POOL AT THE BEACH
The water felt as warm as tropical water. I could see lots of colorful fish, but it was so silent I could only hear my bubbly breath. I also saw lots of wavy green seaweed growing along the big black rocky bottom. In the seaweed, I saw a bright orange seahorse with a curly tail. Then I squinted and saw a family of pitch black barnacles. After that I took my head out of the water. I thought about how enchanting it was, like looking into a kaleidoscope, but I was rudely interrupted by the smell of the tide pool. It smelt like the salty sea spray. Then right there I felt content like I could never leave, but when mom called “It’s time to leave.” I left!
It is really vivid, don’t you think? There are so many other things I could have included in my tide pool. What is your favorite tide pool creature? Please share and/or squeeze it in on the coloring page!