Students learned about the concept of camouflage recently and how fish and other ocean life use beautifully to survive. As a follow-up activity, I read aloud the book Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle. In this book, “When Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, she does it on Mr. Seahorse’s belly! She knows he will take good care of them. While he swims waiting for the eggs to hatch, he meets other underwater fathers caring for their babies.” (Amazon) This book has beautiful illustrations that cleverly demonstrate camouflage.

Then it was the students’ turn to demonstrate their understanding of camouflage! They used permanent markers in different shades of green and brown to draw reeds and seaweed on a plastic page protector. They glued colored tissue paper squares onto a seahorse. ¬†Once the seahorse dried, we placed them inside the plastic page protector, creating beautiful camouflaged seahorses!


We learned about how ocean animals use camouflage. I showed these amazing images from National Geographic, and we tried to find each of the ocean animals.

Here is the link to these great images:

(All images are from National Geographic)

I then read aloud Mister Sea Horse, by Eric Carle. While the book tells the story of how male sea horses and a few other “male mothers” give birth to their young, it also illustrates the concept of camouflage nicely.

Students then created their own camouflage picture using a page protector, permanent marker, sea horse drawing, and tissue paper.

I love how these turned out!