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I think the shore is a magical place for kids to learn and explore. There are so many creatures with all different colors, shapes and sizes. Tide pool exploration may be my favorite way to get up close and personal with some of those critters that are usually hidden by the waves. Tide pools are usually in dips on rocky shorelines, and are located between high and low tides. They are accessible for exploration only when the water is at low tide.


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I went to the Sea and what did I See?




Living in a tide pool can be tough. The tide washes over the pool sending creatures scrambling, the sun warms the water in the pools at low tide, and oxygen fluctuates with the tides. Exploring tide pools with kids can be a fun outdoor learning experience. Older kids can learn about the food chain, tides, and the different sea life, while younger kids will find joy in the vibrant colors, shapes and sizes of the creatures.



My four kids hopped from rock to rock with excitement, comparing animals they saw inside the pools. The younger kids squealed at the sight of tiny fish darting back and forth, and a discussion on sea urchins prompted a quick research into if they would sting when touched. The sun was setting as I explored the tide pools with my family, and I couldn’t help but think that at that moment, it was a magical experience. They were learning through adventure, a hands on look into the real life of tide pools.

Looking for even more Learning through Adventure? This post is just one in a series hosted by Bambini travel! Many talented bloggers, educators and adventures got together to bring you the series, Learning Through Adventure.

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  1. Love this so much! Oh how it makes me miss the ocean. Thanks so much for participating!

  2. I didn’t grow up near the water but now that I live by it I feel like I get to experience it with my kids with child like eyes. I love it!

  3. We went to some tide pools at Cannon Beach, OR, and my kids loved it. We even got to see some sea stars!

    1. I have been to several beaches in Oregon but not Cannon Beach! I’ve heard it’s a fun place to spend time. Aren’t there tourist shops too? I love little shops full of beach trinkets!

  4. I just love this. We are a beach family too, all our lives having lived at different coasts. We incorporate a lot of learning and playing at our beachy mornings. Your printable is just the thing needed. Thanks a ton for sharing #Madeforkids


    1. There’s such a difference between the west and east coast beaches, both beautiful and unique. I love the rocky shores of the pacific northwest, and the small dunes in the southeast. How about you?

  5. I love your beautiful photography in this post, the sweet printable, and most of all the gentle reminder to get my kids to some tidepools! Thanks for sharing this with the #made4kids linkup.

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