Smell the salty sea air with these fun ocean activities for kids. I’ve got a shipload of printables, ideas and worksheets to make your ocean-themed unit a real splash. Dive in to the ocean with me, as I show you the whale-sized collection, perfect for your little one’s undersea exploration.
From math and early literacy to science, you can cruise down and grab all you need. So enough of the ocean puns, let’s go!
Ocean Activities for Kids
Dive into some hands-on exploration with this amazing sensory bin. The combination of sand and water gives a realistic feel to the activity. And with the right toys added in, your child gets a great introduction to the ocean itself, even if you don’t live near a beach.
Who doesn’t love slime? Add this magical twist to it to have fun with your favorite mystical ocean creatures, mermaids! Mermaid lovers will love this colorful slime recipe fit for your favorite magical creature.
Have fun with this colorful blue slime to play with your favorite sea creature. A fun way to explore the ocean for kids who love killer whales or any whales for that matter.
Create this fun beach themed play dough for a great invitation to play for your kids who enjoy visiting the ocean.
A fun way to capture the beauty of the ocean into a bottle. Super simple with what you have in your kitchen right now.
Fun and engaging ocean activities that older kids can do too.
Jellyfish in a Bottle Science Project from Steamsational
A cool way to see a jellyfish swimming in the ocean.
O is for Octopus Letter Craft by Steamsational
Who doesn’t love an octopus? With all of those arms, your child will love this activity.
Recommended Ocean Books for Kids
Since you’re in the middle of my fun ocean activities for kids, add a few ocean-themed books too! I love using both fiction and non-fiction books in our learning. So here are a few of our favorite stories and factual books for kids!
The Big Book of the Blue (The Big Book Series)Ocean: A Visual EncyclopediaSave the Ocean (Save the Earth)Deep in the OceanShark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless ScientistWish for a Fish: All About Sea Creatures (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)
Ocean Worksheets for Kids
Ocean lovers will love any of these interactive printables to help your kids with learning to the alphabet, counting, and science worksheets for the ocean, sharks, whales and more.
Ocean Colors Playdough Mats from Homeschool Preschool
Get out the playdough and have fun with your favorite ocean creatures.
Ocean Themed Bookmarks by 3 Dinosaurs
Voracious readers will love these bookmarks to add to their favorite books.
Shark Activities for Kids
Sharks are the most ferocious predators in the sea and they range in size from fitting inside the palm of your hand to up to 10 meters long.
Sharks are my sons favorite creatures even as a teen, they’re fascinating.
If you have a shark lover, you’ll love these shark activities for kids.
Recommended Ocean Toys
My kids love learning about the ocean with these fun ocean activities for kids, and yours will too. Especially if you let them play with some of these incredibly entertaining toys. Who said you can’t play and learn at the same time?
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Ocean Morphing Matter – Play Set Comes with 3 Cups of Morphing Matter, 6 Ocean Animal Figures, Great Kinetic Sensory Activity for Boys & GirlsRound Table Puzzle – Ocean View (500 Piece)Sea Creature Toys Variety Ocean Sea Animal Toys Realistic Sea Life Animals Toys Durable Ocean Animals Figurines Waterproof Plastic Marine Animal Toys Set Gift For Kids Toddler Baby Boys 12 PieceNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Ocean Animal Dig Kit – 12 Seashell Shaped Dig Bricks with Sea Creature Figure Inside, Party Activity with 12 Excavation Sets, Stem Toy For Boys & Girls Or Fun Party FavorsAnyshock Kids Teepee Play Tent Castle Playhouse, Foldable Pop Up Ocean Series Play Tent Baby Toys with Carrying Case for Indoor & Outdoor Playhouse, Great Gifts for 1-8 Years Old Kids Boy GirlsK’nex Kid Ocean Pals Building Set – 65Piece – Ages 3 & Up Preschool Educational Toy Building Set
More Ocean Activities
These amazing creatures are worth getting to know for anyone learning more about the ocean.