Looking after the oceans and marine animals

- Make sure that plastic does not end up in the sea

On this page you will find ideas that address the issue of plastic in the oceans of the world.

Ask children to bring in small items of plastic waste from home. In various creative ways, children can construct marine animals from these items, to illustrate the fact that waste that is discarded in the countryside can end up in sea creatures' stomachs, as well as negatively affecting the marine environment. Discuss this problem with the children and talk about how important it is to recycle waste in the appropriate bins rather than throwing it by the roadside or in the countryside.

Look into a fish's stomach

Children from 9 years of age can make these fish from chicken wire covered with masking tape and gypsum gauze. Fill the fish with plastic waste and make a peephole in the fish's stomach. Information about plastic in the oceans can be added.

Fish with plastic details

Children from 6 years can make fish of recycled board wrapped in acrylic yarn. Use Sticky Base which works an adhesive on both yarn and plastic to add plastic waste for details such as the eyes or fins.

Marine animals full of plastic

Children from 6 years of age can also make these marine animals by cutting a hole, colouring and joining together two identical figures from the Teach Me package. Before completing the join, push a small bag (made of Teach Me's plastic packaging) filled with plastic waste into the cut-out hole in the marine animal's stomach.