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!
Ready, Set, Sail!
Start your little one off with these adorable Ocean Lacing Cards! Check out those dolphins! Not only are these under the sea ocean printables fun but they’re also great for working on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as well.
Introduce numbers with these Ocean Counting Mats. Count up the whales, starfish, sand pails and sea shells with the cute graphics and easy-to-read numbers. There’s even a spot to trace the numbers, and get some extra practice too.
Add more math into your child’s learning with these fantastic Ocean Counting Cards and Puzzles. The ocean counting cards go up to twelve. Plus, there are 4 ocean counting puzzles that your child can put together. It’s the perfect way to add some fun into your homeschool or extra practice.
And don’t forget about the letters! This Ocean Cursive Letter Find Printable pack is an easy way to introduce cursive writing to your little one, and get them ready to start handwriting.
An Ocean of Learning
Dive into some hands-on exploration with this amazing Ocean 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.
Go deeper into ocean science with these Ocean Zones Worksheets. Learn about the different characteristics, animals and plants in each zone, and help them show off what they learn. Pair with a great documentary for a marvelous multimedia learning activity!
Bite into these Ocean Food Web Worksheets and get to know the ocean ecosystems. From algae to dolphins, everything is connected, and your child can learn just how widespread the net is.
Then swim over to this post with my Parts of Ocean Animals Worksheets. Use some of our favorite ocean animal books and these worksheets to get to know these sea creatures. Does your child have a favorite?
Once they’ve learned a few of the ocean animals, expand their learning with these Ocean Animals Preschool Printables. Your little one can practice their printing while they’re learning science. Just like the ocean, the learning is endless.
Then you can test all they’ve learned about counting and ocean animals with this awesome Ocean I Spy Game Printable. Recognize and count your favorite sea animal. How well did you do?
Ready for the next big wave? These Ocean Kindergarten Math Worksheets sail into math concepts a little further, with some ocean-themed addition and subtraction.
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 Animal Worksheets
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
Remember those ocean zone worksheets I shared above? This Ocean Zones in a Jar by I Can Teach my Child is an awesome way to reinforce that learning! Check out how cool the result looks.
And give your child a really good idea of what ocean water can look like with this Ocean in a Bottle by Happy Hooligan. Just a few simple household ingredients and they can be fascinated for hours!
Finish off your ocean journey with this amazing Ocean Sensory Tub by No Time for Flashcards. Get messy, get learning and dive in!