Well, I don't know about your little ones, but my little one is absolutely, head over heals for the Octonauts on Disney. He has had obsessions before... dinosaurs, trains, cars, the solar system, well, now, it is all about the Ocean and all that dwells beneath! I'm a science teacher at heart, so I love when his interests fall in line with mine!
The Ocotnauts is a Disney UK program, and it has recently been picked up in the USA. It comes on 11:30E. I like this show because it really is educational. My son can watch an episode and truly pick up facts, but better than that, it has really sparked his desire to learn more about the ocean. So, we cannot seem to find the toys, and he really wants to "play" Octonauts, so we have created our own (pretty pathetic, i must warn) Octopod.
We used tupperware, orange construction paper, paper towel rolls, and packing tape. Seriously, I was not picky about the looks of this thing, and it was TOTALLY THROWN TOGETHER. I had no real "planning" time, so, she's pretty shabby. I might attempt to do something better if the prices don't come down on them. I may work on it a bit more, so their might be a "part two" to this post, if I get a creative burst!
~ Have a good one!