Animals of the Ocean for the Montessori Wall Map & Quietbook with Printables

Animals of the Ocean for the Montessori Wall Map

If you haven’t been introduced to our Montessori wall map and quiet book yet, you can read all about it here. This post isn’t actually for a continent… It’s for the oceans! Every continent (and the oceans) will have landmarks and animals. Some, like Europe, have more landmarks than animals. The oceans have a lot of labels, 9 animals and one island landmark.

Overview and Map PatternsAfricaAntarcticaAsiaEurope
North America • Oceans • South America

Animals of the Ocean for the Montessori Wall Map & Quietbook with Printables

Those of you who follow along on Facebook or Instagram have been seeing my progress as I’ve worked on the ocean animals. I’m so exciting to be working on this project! This will be an amazing resource for Jax throughout his school years. Yes, I am giving you all my patterns and printables for free! If you’d like to contribute, visit my support page. School items off of Jax’s Amazon wishlist always help!

Animals of the Ocean for the Montessori Wall Map & Quietbook

Materials I Used

The Pattern (see the first post for the main patterns)

Felt from American Felt & Craft – lilac [purple], cilantro [green], stone [beige], pomegranate [pink], whitesalt & pepper [dark gray], elephant [med gray], black and gray. From Benzie Design – swan [blue] for the water.

Animals of the Ocean for the Montessori Wall Map & Quietbook with Printables  Animals of the Ocean for the Montessori Wall Map & Quietbook with Printables

Hook & Loop – I used white snag-free Velcro on the backs of all these pieces. I used aqua blue hook where the animals attach to the ocean.

I updated this 8/6/13 to add one more ocean Velcro piece in the Pacific near Hawaii!

I updated this 8/6/13 to add one more ocean Velcro piece in the Pacific near Hawaii!

Other Things: Felt glue to tack down the pieces before sewing, printer fabric for the continent label, embroidery floss in colors to match the felt and micro tip scissors.

Animals of the Ocean for the Montessori Wall Map & Quietbook with Printables

Sewing the Pieces

For all of the animals & landmarks, I started by gluing the pieces down to a scrap of background felt with a very light amount of felt glue. I glue several animals at a time to give them time to dry. I sewed them down, trimmed the background and cut a matching backing piece. I sewed snag-free Velcro to the back and sewed both sides together with a blanket stitch.

Animals of the Ocean for the Montessori Wall Map

Sea Star: (Felt used: lilac purple for the star and swan blue for the background) I glued down the sea star then sewed all around it. Using long straight stitches, I sewed a starburst in the center.

Killer Whale: (Felt used: black for the body, white for the markings and swan blue for the background) For the killer whale (orca), I glued the black body down first, then the white markings and the fin. I stitched around all the edges.

Sea Turtle: (Felt used: cilantro green for the shell, stone beige for the soft parts and swan blue for the background) For the sea turtle, I glued the soft parts of the turtle down, then glued the shell on top. I sewed around the edges of the soft parts. On the shell, I used a lighter green thread and stitched all around the edge using longer stitches than I usually do. Then I used long stitches to make a shell pattern. View the image full size to use as a guide.

Animals of the Ocean for the Montessori Wall Map & Quietbook with Printables

Tiger Shark: (Felt used: elephant med gray, white for the teeth and swan blue for the background) For the shark, I glued down the teeth first, then the body and fin. I sewed around all the edges, made some long, parallel stitches for gills and a French knot eye. I made some white zig zag stitches over his teeth.

Sperm Whale: (Felt used: salt & pepper dark gray and swan blue for the background) For the sperm whale, I glued down the body and fin. I sewed around all the edges, made a long stitch for his mouth and a French knot eye.

Dolphin: (Felt used: elephant med gray and swan blue for the background) For the dolphin, I glued down the body and fin. I sewed around all the edges, made a long stitch for her mouth and a French knot eye.

Animals of the Ocean for the Montessori Wall Map & Quietbook

Beluga Whale: (Felt used: white for the body and swan blue for the background) For the beluga, I glued down the body and fin. I sewed around all the edges, made a few pink long stitch for her mouth and a French knot eye.

Octopus: (Felt used: pomegranate pink for the body [but I’d recommend a coral or peach if you have it] and swan blue for the background) For the octopus, I glued down the body and eye bugles. I sewed around all the edges and made French knot eyes in black on the bulges.I made a few light pink long stitches in between the tentacles to show the webbing. Then I made ten bazillion French knots! I used two strands of embroidery floss (of the 6 it comes with) and wrapped my needle twice for each knot.

Humpback Whale: (Felt used: elephant med gray for the body, gray for the belly and swan blue for the background) For the Humpback whale, I glued down the body, belly and fin. I sewed around all the edges and added a French knot eye.

SafariLTD provided me with these beautiful World Landmarks and Around the World TOOBs. I am working with them to make this project as amazing as possible. All opinions of these products are honest and my own. We are planning an exciting giveaway for you at the end of this project!

SafariLTD provided me with this beautiful World Landmarks TOOB. I am working with them to make this project as amazing as possible. All opinions of these products are honest and my own. We are planning an exciting giveaway for you at the end of this project!

Sewing the Landmarks

I only did one landmark in the ocean set: the mo’ai statues on Easter Island.

Animals of the Ocean for the Montessori Wall Map & Quietbook

Easter Island: (Felt used: salt & pepper dark gray for the statues, cilantro green for the ground and sparrow blue for the background) I went very simple for this one and just glued and stitched the statues and background down. For all the landmarks, I started by sewing the front piece. Then I cut out a backing felt to match the final shape and added some snag-free Velcro to it. I finished sewed around the whole edge, switching colors where needed.

Animals of the Ocean for the Montessori Wall Map & Quietbook with Printables

Did you notice I sewed the backing on? I used regular craft store polyester felt in black – the large piece that they sell in a package. It was only $3, and I figure I can turn it around and use the back as a felt board. I added two loops of ribbon for hanging. I sewed the backing on with a blanket stitch.

Montessori Ocean Animals 3-Part Cards

Montessori Ocean Animals 3-Part Cards

Montessori-style 3-part cards are great tools to help your young child learn new things. Jax loves them! I like to pair them with nature video clips from BBC and NatGeo that I play on YouTube about each animal. I created these ocean animal cards to be used along with SafariLTD’s TOOB figurines and my felt wall map animals. For the ocean, I used the following TOOBs: the Whales and Dolphins Toob and the Ocean Toob.

Animals of the Ocean for the Montessori Wall Map & Quietbook with Printables

 Click here to download my free pdf file to make your own. To make mine, I cut them out, glued them to orange construction paper (to match North America’s Montessori color) then laminated laminated them. It makes them shiny and strong.

Montessori Ocean 3-Part Cards & Control Chart

Montessori Ocean 3-Part Cards & Control Chart

Jax just started his world continent unit with the world continent 3-part cards I made up for him. He loves his new Montessori globe,  and has his continent song memorized! This ocean set may be a bit advanced for him right now, but who knows – he is always surprising me! Montessori circles back through material, diving deeper into it each time, so it never hurts to introduce something when your child show interest.

Montessori Ocean 3-Part Cards & Control Chart

This set includes 3-part cards for the world’s oceans and a control chart showing the oceans outlined and labeled. You can start with a basic presentation of the oceans on our globe, comparing the globe to the cards. Click here to download my free pdf file to make your own

Montessori Ocean 3-Part Cards & Control Chart

For younger kids, you can have them match the labels to the labels on the control map to help early reading skills. Talk about how the continents look on the cards versus the globe and control chart map projection.

Montessori Ocean 3-Part Cards & Control Chart

For older kids, try a little painter’s tape on the backs of the labels and have them use the control chart to label your globe. Once your child is familiar with the labeled cards and chart, have them start matching the unlabeled cards as well. Eventually you can have them label the cards and the globe on their own.

Animals of the Ocean for the Montessori Wall Map & Quietbook with Printables

Ocean Books

I’ve started collecting some ocean books, so when Jax chooses one in the schoolroom, I can pull out our SafariLTD figurines and 3-part cards to match them. Most of my books are from the thrift store and out of print. These are The Blue Whale, Seashore, John Denver’s Ancient Rhymes: A Dolphin Lullaby (Audio CD Included) (John Denver & Kids Series), Way Down Deep (All Aboard Science Reader) and Baby Beluga (Raffi Songs to Read).

Animals of the Ocean for the Montessori Wall Map & Quietbook with Printables

I hope you are enjoying this project as much as I am! I’ve gotten see the maps a few of you have started! If you are sewing along, tag me on Instagram @iolstephanie and come comment on one of my pictures (I can’t see your photo if it you are private, but I can request to follow you temporarily if you comment on mine) or share photos on Facebook. You can also email me.

Animals of the Ocean for the Montessori Wall Map & Quietbook with Printables

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25 thoughts on “Animals of the Ocean for the Montessori Wall Map & Quietbook with Printables

  1. Jamie

    Wow! Thanks again for sharing! The world map looks fantastic! I was wondering where I could find the link for the PDF file for 3-part ocean cards? I cannot seem to find it. Thank you!

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  2. Pallavi

    This looks so amazing!! It is so neat to follow along on this project. My kiddos and I love Raffi’s Baby Begula book, it’s a great read/sing aloud.

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    1. Stephanie Post author

      Sorry! If you refresh it should be there now. I’d added that link late and forgot my husband added a zillion caching plugins to the blog, so when I edit a post, it doesn’t change! Frustrating! But I got the old version without the link purged.

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  3. meninheira

    Hi from Spain Stephanie!!

    I’m a follower, your work is amazing!! Thanks a lot for sharing 😀

    I would like to download (and translate) the ocean cards but the link say “page not found” 🙁

    Can you help me please? 😀

    A big hug
    meni*
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  4. Kimberly

    I love that you included the oceans!!! Charlotte loves loves loves Raffi! Her favs have always been Baby Beluga & Tingalayo – which both sound pretty darn cute when she says them. I’ve loved following along and you work on each section. Definitely can’t wait to make our own! Thanks so much for sharing everything.

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  5. Cydney

    I started these last night. My daughter was so excited! I am debating putting Velcro on my globe because I love the idea of being able to label the parts.

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  7. kimberly

    WOW- I love all of your creations 🙂 Have you ever thought of an Etsy store? Do you sell any of the things you make? I think I’d be your best customer 😉

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  8. Isabel

    Hello

    You´ve done a wonderful work. Are you still working on this projekt? It is an amazing work. I´m very excited about seeing the European part that is missing.
    Thank you a lot

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  10. Elaine Goh

    Hi Stephanie! I love your beautiful work! I’m writing a guest post for Christian Montessori Network and would like to feature a photo with credit and link back please. Thank you so much for your wonderful inspiration!
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  11. Karie Kennedy

    This is amazing and I wish I could make this but I do not have a sewing machine. Is there any way to buy something like this? You are extremely talented.

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    1. Stephanie Post author

      I don’t have time to make them to sell right now, due to my day job, but I do sell commercial licenses. Hopefully I’ll have an authorized seller for the map soon.

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  13. Capri

    I’m loving this project! I’m going to start a continent/ocean study with my son this year and this has been an awesome find!
    I was wondering if you have the patterns and animal cards for Australia available?

    Thank you so much for sharing your hard work!

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  14. Laini

    You words said to paste the cards on Orange paper for North american. But you showed blue paper. You might have missed that in your edit.

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