Pre-K and Kindergarten

Mystic Aquarium educators encourage young students to observe the natural world, ask questions, and look for patterns to describe needs that animals have to live and grow. They discover sources for those needs along with comparisons to our own. We also reinforce the important concept of cause and effect and how to respect each other and the environment we all share.

All Pre-K & K programs can travel, and they include a literacy focus through vocabulary building and hands-on activities, such as a Touch & Learn with live marine invertebrates!

BEACH ANIMALS FOR TODDLERS

(BEST SUITED FOR TODDLERS AND 2 YEAR OLDS)

Discover fascinating animals found along the rocky shore. Some have hard shells for protection and others have suction cups to hang on! Through dramatic play and discovery of “mystery” items, Mystic Aquarium instructors will guide your toddlers through learning about cool coastal animals.

Suggested book to complement the program: “Follow Me!” by Bethany Roberts
Standards Addressed – CT ELDS Strands A, C, D & E

OCEAN LOCOMOTION

(BEST FOR PRE-K)

Ocean creatures have countless ways of moving from one place to another. Some use their fins to move, while others walk sideways. Enjoy a puppet show to find out if Rocky the rock crab or Octy the octopus can teach a confused baby beluga how to swim. This program is designed to help students discover how marine animals move.

Suggested book to complement the program: “Move” by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
Standards Addressed – CT: PK.2; RI: LS1, LS4

HERMIT CRAB HIDEAWAY

(BEST FOR PRE-K & KINDERGARTEN)

Hermit crabs are fascinating creatures, carrying their home with them wherever they go. Sometimes moving to a bigger shell can be quite an adventure! In this exciting class, we’ll use the story, A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle, a costume, and props for students to discover a master of camouflage.

Suggested book to complement the program: “Old Shell, New Shell” by Helen Ward
Standards Addressed – CT: PK.2, K.2; RI: LS1; NGSS: Structure & Function, Stability & Change; LS1, ESS2, ESS3; Asking Questions, Obtaining Information

PENGUIN PALOOZA

(BEST SUITED FOR PRE-K & KINDERGARTEN)

All children love to imitate penguins, so think how much fun it would be to see a classmate dressed up as one from beak to tail! Through movement and hands-on activities, students will love discovering how these adorable birds survive so well without flying.

Suggested book to complement the program: “Penguins” by Gail Gibbons
Standards Addressed – CT: PK.2, K.2; RI: LS1; NGSS: Structure & Function, Stability & Change; LS1, ESS2, ESS3; Asking Questions, Obtaining Information

SUITCASE OF SURPRISES

(BEST SUITED FOR KINDERGARTEN)

What kinds of surprises might children encounter in the magical aquarium suitcase? Clownfish, eels, anemones, flounder and sharks to name just a few! Learning comes alive as students discover the numerous adaptations that equip these animals for life in the ocean.

Suggested book to complement the program: Hiding in Oceans” by Deborah Underwood
Standards Addressed – CT: K.2; RI: LS1; NGSS: Structure & Function, Stability & Change; LS1, ESS2; Asking Questions, Obtaining Information