Get ready for some weird and wonderful creatures. Today we’re going to have another look at the fascinating seahorse and his cousins, the leafy seadragon, weedy seadragon, ribboned seadragon, the pipehorse and pipefish. We’ll find out their design secret that scientists have admired and copied; some fun facts; plus there are FREE seahorse colouring pages, posters, puzzles, crafts, adorable posters and creative ideas for our kids… enjoy!
Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
Job 12:7-10 But ask now the beasts and they shall teach you; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell you. Or speak to the earth and it shall teach you; and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto you. Who knows not in all these that the hand of the LORD has wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.
Psalm 95:3-6 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth… The sea is His, and He made it; and His hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
Isaiah 40:12 Who else has held the oceans in His hand?
Psalm 135:5–6 For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did He in heaven, and in earth, in the seas and all deep places.
Nehemiah 9:6 You, even You, are LORD alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens with all their host, the earth and all things that are therein, the seas and all that is therein, and You preserve them all.
Revelation 4:11 You are worthy, our Lord, to receive glory and honour and power, for you have created all things; and for Your pleasure they have life and were created.
Psalm 69:34 Let the heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves therein.
Psalm 33:8–9 Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded and it stood fast.
SEAHORSE ~ INFORMATION FOR KIDS / AMAZING FUN FACTS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Seahorses & Seadragons ~ FREE article for kids (Paper Gifts for Estefany) giving glory to God as designer and jammed packed with amazing fun facts about these fascinating little creatures; free printable
The Amazing Seahorse (creation.com) from scientists who take the Bible seriously; The Creator offers few sights more incredible and yet more delicately beautiful, than a living sea horse. It swims erect and slowly, with its tail twisting forward to perhaps grip a seaweed frond while its alert eyes search for food or danger… Sometimes sea horses meet in midstream and tangle their curling tails. Then, just as elegantly, they uncoil them from each other and sedately swim away… study the sea horse carefully and you find evidence that points to its being wonderfully designed by God the Creator; share a snippet about this amazing creature with your child
Enter the Sea Dragon (creation.com) from scientists who take the Bible seriously; Bizarre and beautiful, leafy sea dragons… look like floating leaves and seaweed, use an air bladder to move up and down in the water… spectacularly camouflaged marine creatures with some truly incredible design features; share a snippet about this amazing creature with your child
Pygmy Pipehorse (creation.com) from scientists who take the Bible seriously; Given its superb camouflage and small size (up to about 5 cm = 2 inches), it’s a wonder that this creature was ever discovered at all… lives on rocky reefs covered with red algae in coastal marine waters 6–30 metres (20–100 ft) deep. Its skin has a very useful feature aiding camouflage—it attracts algal growth. The resulting colour mixture is extremely variable with specimens ranging from white to red to green to brown. The amount and colour of algal protuberances on an individual Sydney Pygmy Pipehorse’s skin tend to match the algal covering on the reef where it lives… they rise or sink by changing the air volume within the bladder… pipehorses, seahorses and sea dragons as a single created kind, with built-in variety enabling them to colonise and blend into a range of habitats.
Seahorse – fun facts for kids (answersingenesis) from scientists who take the Bible seriously; The male of all seahorse species carries the fertilized eggs in a brood pouch until they are ready to hatch. During this time, an amazing change is occurring. When the young are first developing, the placental-like fluid provides the fertilized eggs with nutrition and oxygen. Later in their development, this fluid changes its chemical content, which helps the unborn young become familiar with the seawater. This chemical change was not the result of chance, random processes but was the creative design of Almighty God.
Seahorse (answersingenesis) Seahorses have a large head with a tube-like snout, a neck that moves, a round body, and a long, slender, tapered tail. The eyes of the sea horse move independently of one another and swivel, constantly looking for food. The neck, body, and tail of the seahorse are marked with circular and lengthwise ridges which look like bony bumps. Seahorses have a small pectoral fin and a single small dorsal fin that they use to hover in the water.
Sea Dragon (answersingenesis) from scientists who take the Bible seriously; The appendages of the leafy seadragon are usually a shade of green or yellow, and the appendages of the weedy sea dragon are purple with a black border. Don’t be fooled by the delicate appearance of this creature. It is covered in hard plates and has sharp spines.
Seahorses and Seadragons (seahorse-australia) are one of God’s most fascinating and mysterious creatures. Their unique, majestic charm has captivated mankind for centuries. They are sometimes difficult to find in the wild, except by experienced divers, due to their chameleon-like ability to change colour and camouflage with their habitat. It is not surprising that new species continue to be found as more research is conducted… Seadragons are a special member of the Syngnathid family only found naturally in Australia… the Leafy Seadragon, Weedy Seadragon and Ribboned Seadragon. They are adorned with ornate appendages and unlike seahorses, the male… receives the eggs from the female onto his tail where they develop and then hatch, releasing a young seadragon ready to face the world…
Seahorses (creation wiki) Seahorses are one of God’s most interesting and remarkable creatures. They almost seem unreal, as if they came from a fantasy land with their curious body structure.
Leafy Seadragons (creation wiki) There are two types of sea dragons, the leafy sea dragon and the weedy… usually green to yellow in color…. covered in protective jointed plates… act only as camouflage… found in Australian waters…. reach a total length of 35 cm and live about eight years. The Weedy Sea Dragon can grow to about 46 cm. They are usually orange/red in color and have numerous whitish spots…
New Pygmy Seahorse discovered (2010) much to scientists’ surprise, 100 metres beneath the surface on The Great Barrier Reef, Australia. At 5mm long the newly discovered Pygmy seahorse could be the world’s smallest vertebrate. Alternative Link
Seahorses changing colour (Seahorse Q&A forum) fascinating insight into seahorses changing colours in aquariums and how fast they do it; I just found this interesting and thought you might, too (and another reminder how easy and effortless the Creator makes it all look and how everything fits together for each animal in their specific natural environment)
Fossil Seahorses (creationresearch.net – original link removed) …beautifully preserved seahorse fossils in siltstone in Slovenia. He and his colleagues were looking for fossil insects in the area, so finding seahorse fossils was a complete surprise… Give the find a new species name and then claim it as evidence for evolution of species and hope that nobody notices that the new fossil find was instantly recognizable as a seahorse, so close in structure to the living Hippocampus seahorses it had to be put into that group… There is no evidence in these new fossils here that some non-seahorse kind evolved into a seahorse kind, but there is abundant evidence that seahorses have produced after their kind from the first known ones to the present. Furthermore, the seahorses may have lived in beds of seagrass but the fossil insects found in the same rocks did not. Finding well preserved land and sea creatures together is evidence that this fossil bed is not a buried ecosystem, but the results of a catastrophic event that swept up many creatures, mixed them and rapidly dumped and buried them.
Seahorses – designed for God’s glory Listen as Craig Hawkins, a seahorse breeder from Australia, talks about seahorses as being the ultimate in God’s design. He compares photos of live seahorses and their rarely found fossils, which show very clearly that they are and have always been… (wait for it)… seahorses.
SEAHORSE ~ COLOURING FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Seahorse – colouring a beautiful underwater scene with a seahorse, oyster shell, fish, starfish, coral and seagrass; free printable
Mr Seahorse giving birth – underwater scene to colour with 4 tiny babies and Mrs Seahorse in foreground; free printable
Mr Seahorse giving birth – underwater scene to colour with 3 tiny babies and Mrs Seahorse in background holding onto seagrass; free printable
6 Seahorse – colouring pages free printable
Seahorse scene – colouring two seahorses facing each other with seagrass background; free printable
Seahorses under the ocean – colouring (Dover sample) with seagrass, fish and shells
2 Seahorses – colouring floating together with their tails curled around seaweed fronds; free printable
Seahorse floating near underwater plants – colouring free printable
Decorative seahorse – to colour in fine detail; free printable
3 Seahorses – colouring (Dover sample) one floating and two with tails curled around plants
Seahorse – colouring with no background, so can be easily added into another seahorse colouring page if you wish; free printable
Seahorses with fish, shells, starfish, coral – colouring free printable
Seahorse with fish, shells – colouring free printable
Seahorse – colour by number (1plus1plus1equals1.net) free printable
Seahorses hiding in the coral – colouring (Dover sample)
Seahorse – cute colouring (scroll down) with no background; free printable
Seahorses to colour or use for crafts with no background; free printable
30 Seahorses to colour free printable
20 Seahorses to colour with no (or very little) background; free printable
Seahorse – colouring with simple background of one shell and some bubbles; free printable
Seahorse – colouring (DuckDuckGo)
Seahorse – word art colouring (Dover sample) words making up a picture of a seahorse with a swirly border
Seahorse – colouring pages (Activity Village) members only
Jazz up your colouring (and puzzle) pages shrink or combine pages to make a new underwater scene; add a border, a title, a Bible verse and some clip art to make your colouring pages more interesting with this easy tutorial
GOD OF WONDERS DVD Ocean creatures are engineering marvels and compelling evidence for an an incredible Creator. Visually stunning and presented by PhD scientists full of awe as they explore our Creator’s handiwork and what it reveals about His character, power, wisdom, majesty and care. Take a two minute holiday and watch these Biblical scientists giving glory to God. The whole documentary is fabulous, but in this short segment, they discuss the incredible creatures of the sea.
SEAHORSE ~ PUZZLES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Ocean in His hands – Isaiah 40:12 (ateachingmommy) Who else has held the ocean in His hands? Bible memory verse puzzle, Bible memory verse card, colours; handwriting practice to help your child memorise the Bible verse and cool devotional to figure out how big God is: Who else has held the ocean in His hands? We know that the ocean is VERY big, isn’t it. It holds more water than this bucket, than this cup, and even this pool (or bath tub). Our memory verse this week talks about the oceans; free printable
Under the girly sea (plus1plus1equals1.net) for younger children – easy puzzles, counting, handwriting, learn to draw and other activities; your little girl will love the sweet apricot and pink seahorse (even bigger girls might like some stationery with these super cute graphics on them); free printable
Seahorse shaped maze free printable
Seahorse puzzles and activities Seahorse word search (9 words); Seahorse fill in the blank puzzle from a word bank (9 words); Seahorse crossword puzzle from a word bank (9 words); Seahorse multiple choice (9 questions); Seahorse alphabetical order puzzle – put the 9 words in alphabetical order; Seahorse reading comprehension (4 questions); Seahorse write a story; free printable
Seahorse – dot to dot numbers 1-80; free printable
Seahorse – dot to dot numbers 1-101; free printable
Seahorse – dot to dot numbers 1-46; free printable
Seahorse – jigsaw; tracing; handwriting worksheet, learn to draw (Activity Village) members only
Design your own puzzle specifically tailored to suit your child using the articles or information above to make up your questions and answers giving glory to God as designer.
SOMETHING FUN (AND EXHAUSTING!): Watch Mr Seahorse giving birth to 2000 live babies… in 30 seconds! :o
SEAHORSE ~ CRAFTS / ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Seahorse template to cut out and use for crafts; free printable
Seahorse template to use for crafts; free printable
Large seahorse template to use for crafts; free printable
Seahorse craft adorable felt ‘stuffies’ that could be adapted for paper
Seahorse – 3D craft (Canon) two seahorses in an aquarium to make; free printable
Seahorse sun catcher – craft for kids using tiny mosaics of tissue paper
Tiny seahorses – scrapbooking paper to use for crafts; black on white background with tiny bubbles; free printable
Seahorse – lots of craft ideas for kids (Pinterest)
Ocean diorama create a fun ocean scene in a box and learn all about seahorses, coral reefs and oceans in this fun activity; more sea creature templates here – dolphins, coral reef fish, starfish, crab, octopus, jellyfish, sharks, whales, sea turtles; free printable
Ocean diorama this fun ocean scene in a box hangs like a mobile; free printable
SEAHORSE ~ LEARN TO DRAW FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Seahorse – learn to draw (click the arrows either side of the picture)
Seahorse – learn to draw (Activity Village) members only
SEAHORSE ~ PAPER GIFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Weedy Sea Dragon – Bible Poster (Paper Gifts for Estefany) with Bible verses from Isaiah 40:12 – Who else has held the oceans in His hand; and Psalm 135:5–6 – For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did He in heaven, and in earth, in the seas and all deep places; free printable
Leafy Sea Dragon – Bible Poster (Paper Gifts for Estefany) with Bible verses from Isaiah 40:12 – Who else has held the oceans in His hand; and Revelation 4:11 – You are worthy, our Lord, to receive glory and honour and power, for you have created all things; and for Your pleasure they have life and were created; free printable
Seahorse – Bible Poster (Paper Gifts for Estefany) with Bible verses from Isaiah 40:12 – Who else has held the oceans in His hand; and Nehemiah 9:6 – You, even You, are LORD alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens with all their host, the earth and all things that are therein, the seas and all that is therein, and You preserve them all; free printable
Seahorse – Bible Poster (Paper Gifts for Estefany) with Bible verses from Isaiah 40:12 – Who else has held the oceans in His hand; and Psalm 33:18 – The Lord watches over those who obey Him, those who trust in His constant love; free printable
Seahorse – Bible Poster (Paper Gifts for Estefany) with Bible verses from Isaiah 40:12 – Who else has held the oceans in His hand; and Psalm 69:34 – Let the heaven and earth praise Him, the seas, and everything that moves therein; free printable
Seahorse – adorable bookmark in lovely colours; add a note of encouragement and a Bible verse on the back; free printable
Seahorse – shaped bookmark on a lavender coloured background; you could easily add a Bible verse or note of encouragement on the back; free printable
Tiny seahorses – scrapbooking paper black on white background with tiny bubbles; free printable
SEAHORSE ~ IMAGES
Seahorse – photos
Pygmy seahorse – photos (see the brilliant camouflage the Creator has given these cute little guys)
Weedy Seadragon – photos
Leafy Seadragon – photos
Ribboned Seadragon – photos
Pipehorse – photos
Pipefish – photos
60 Seahorse / Seadragon pics
Seahorse ~ clip art
SEAHORSE ~ MORE CREATIVE IDEAS FOR KIDS
Found a suitable seahorse or seadragon image that your child will love? Add a Bible verse and make your own seahorse or seadragon:
- Bible Poster or Verse Card
- Bible Bookmark ~ add your child’s name
- Bible Note Cards / Bible Notepaper ~ use the same tutorial, but just space out your initial four rectangles.
- Bible Wallet Cards
- Bible Stickers
- Stationery with Bible verse
- Board Game all about God’s amazing designs, with answers to be found in the free article for kids
- DIY Activity Book ~ include the free article for kids and choose your own seahorse colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, posters and bookmarks, etc to put in it
Don’t forget to jazz up your envelopes if you are including any special treats like seahorse stickers for your homeschool students. Sticker sheets are fine for your sponsored child.
SEAHORSE ~ STATIONERY FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Seahorse – stationery (stationery tree) a beautiful shimmering water border with seahorse graphics in two corners; blank, lined or handwriting; free printable (scroll down)
Seahorse – lined stationery (scroll down) with a small seahorse hiding among seaweed in a circle; free printable
Seahorse – stationery / page border (sparklebox) orange and blue tones; portrait or landscape; free printable
Seahorse and friends ocean border – stationery (pageborders) seahorse, octopus, whale, shark, turtle, crab, tropical fish, starfish on a blue and white border; free versions are fine
Ocean – stationery (sparklebox) a variety of ocean animals around page, with a submarine and scuba diver; free printable
Dolphin ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, posters, crafts and creative ideas; free printable
Turtle ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, posters, crafts and creative ideas; free printable
Day 5 of Creation Week ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas; free printable
And when you write to your sponsored child, don’t forget to tell them who designed these fascinating little creatures…
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