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* Legend of the Sand Dollar
Today we are going to have fun with a rare
and wonderful ocean creature: the sand dollar.
Activity #1: Learning about the Sand Dollar
* The sand dollar is like the starfish. It has very small
feet that help it move and hide in the sand.
* The sand dollar also has a mouth in the middle of its body.
* The sand dollar is flatter than the starfish and is somewhat
round in shape.
* It eats particles of little pieces of ocean plants and ocean
* The sand dollar has five pores arranged in a petal pattern.
Tell the children they will be doing some fun projects related to the
Activity #2: Coloring and Scissor cutting a Sand dollar
1. Print the coloring
page of a sand dollar. It works better if printed on white
card stock or light color construction paper for scissor cutting
2. The children can color or use watercolors. Suggest different shades
of light yellow, brown, orange, beige, sand.
3. Scissor cutting practice: After coloring have the
children try and cut the image out.
4. After cutting the children can brush lightly with watered glue and
sprinkle with a little sand or salt to give it texture.
Activity: #3: Letter S is for Sand Dollar
Introduce or review letter S Sand dollar Printable Activities.
Activity #4: Craft: Sizing Sand
Dollars Banner by Size and Number 1 to 5, Recognize the Circle Shape
Making a Sand Dollar Banner:
1. Print the sand
dollar activity sheet in white paper or a light colored
construction paper or craft paper.
2. Fold and cut in half a piece of construction paper to form a
long strip/banner and tape together - one banner for each child.
(marine blue or light blue paper would be nice for a ocean color
background as shown above).
The banner can be made horizontal or vertical, whichever is easier for
2. Ask the children what shape are the sand dollars. Have the children color the sand dollars, or you can skip the
coloring step. Older children can proceed to cut out the sand
dollars. Younger children may need assistance with cutting.
3. The children will size the different sand dollars by size and
number. Once they have determined the correct sequence, have
them glue the sand dollars to the long piece of paper. To help
the children sequence correctly, show them a number line from one to
five in a dry erase board or piece of paper.
4. Review each of the sizes and numbers with the children.
Emphasize on the circle shape. Have them point out the smallest and largest.
Activity #5: The Legend of the Sand
Dollar and The History of the Sand dollar
Ages 4.5-6 This poem has Biblical and Christian message.
You may want to read this beautiful poem and video about The
Legend of the Sand Dollar
Print sand dollar coloring
dollar activity sheet
and a strip of blue construction paper
S Sand dollar Printable Activities
*white paper or construction paper
*something to color with
*glue and a little sand
*blue construction paper for banner