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Creative Ocean Activities For Preschoolers And Kids

Do you know that the ocean covers 71% of the Earth’s surface? How fascinating is that! And not just this, the ocean is the home to a big chunk of the planet’s living creatures. This makes the ocean a wonderful place for kids to explore and learn about. But taking care of our oceans and marine life is our responsibility, and we should teach the same to our little ones.

We have been doing our homework and dug up some fun, entertaining and learning ocean activities to help your children learn about the magnificent ocean.

But before that, let’s learn about the benefits of ocean arts and crafts for children.

Benefits Of Ocean Activities For Preschoolers

Here are the benefits of teaching ocean activities to your child:

  • It will help them to recognise and identify different kinds of common ocean animals.
  • It will help teach children to care for and protect the ocean and aquatic animals.
  • It will help them to explore their senses with the help of these activities.
  • It will allow them to work on their fine and gross motor skills.

In What Ways Can Kids Help The Ocean?

Kids can help the ocean in the following ways:

  • Save water as it will eventually lead to reducing wastewater drained into the oceans.
  • Make sure not to leave behind any litter, food, toys, clothes or containers when you visit the beach.
  • Encourage your kids to read books, watch documentaries, and visit aquariums to learn about the issues facing the world’s oceans.
  • Participate in ocean clean-up drives if you live near a beach.

How To Teach Ocean Activities To Kindergarteners?

Below are some ways to teach ocean activities to children:

  • Start with talking about where oceans are found on Earth.
  • Next, discuss what kind of water is in the ocean.
  • Tell the children about animals that live in the ocean.
  • Explain how humans have been polluting the oceans and other water bodies.
  • Discuss what we can do to save oceans and ocean animals.
  • Encourage children to do ocean related activities.

The Right Time To Do Ocean Activities

Children can be taught ocean activities at any time. Generally, children start learning about ocean animals like a fish or an octopus in grade 1 or 2. But you can start teaching about ocean animals to your child with the help of activities.

Unique And Easy Ocean Activities Ideas

If you are looking for ocean themed crafts for your kids, here are some ocean activities for elementary students.

1. Origami Whale

Material Needed

  • Origami paper – Blue colour
  • Scissors
  • Google eyes

Instructions

  1. Take a square origami paper and fold it inwards from one side to meet the crease in the centre.
  2. Next, fold in a small triangle from the top to make the face of the whale.
  3. Fold the paper lengthwise in half.
  4. Fold the other end for the tail.
  5. Using scissors, make a small slit in the folded part of the tail.
  6. Now, make small folds at both ends of the tail.
  7. Stick googly eye, and your whale is ready!

2. Colouring Wash

Material Needed

  • Wax crayons
  • Blue watercolour or blue food colouring
  • Plain white paper

Instructions

  1. Spread newspaper and mix a few drops of blue food colouring in about one-quarter cup of water.
  2. Ask your child to paint the underwater scene on plain paper using wax crayons.
  3. Next, use a paintbrush to paint across the entire drawing in long strokes of blue watercolour prepared.
  4. Your underwater ocean scene is ready!

3. Ocean Diorama

Material Needed

  • Shoe box
  • Toilet paper
  • Paints
  • Coloured markers
  • String or yarn
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape

Instructions

  1. Use blue paint to colour the inside of the shoe box. Do not paint on the bottom.
  2. Paint the bottom of the box in a sand colour.
  3. Draw whales, octopuses, fish and other sea creatures on paper to hang inside the diorama.
  4. Using strings, hang the creatures on the top of the diorama.
  5. Create other ocean features, like aquatic plants, rocks, etc., to decorate.

4. Paper Roll Mermaid

Material Needed

  • Empty foil roll
  • Paint
  • Sequins
  • Googly eyes
  • Black yarn
  • Shells
  • Glue

Instructions

  1. Make 1 cm cuts around the foil roll about 1/4 of the way from one end, and then squash the roll.
  2. Pain the face pink and the body blue.
  3. Paste googly eyes on the face and some shells to make the mermaid’s top.
  4. Use some black yarn to make the mermaid’s hair.
  5. Paste sequins on the blue part, and your mermaid is ready.

5. Ocean In A Bottle

Material Needed

  • Transparent water bottle
  • Blue body wash
  • Sea glass
  • Glass beads
  • Plastic pufferfish, jellyfish and starfish, etc.
  • Seashells

Instructions

  1. Squeeze some body wash into the water bottle and add the sea glass.
  2. Add more body wash and add the glass beads.
  3. Add another layer of body wash and add the plastic animals.
  4. Add sea shells.
  5. Shake the bottle, and “Ocean In A Bottle Art” is ready!

6. Crab T-Shirt

Materials Needed

  • Plain white t-shirt
  • Fabric paint

Instructions

  1. Apply a thick coat of red fabric paint onto the child’s hands.
  2. Make them place their hand sideways on the shirt front with the thumb pointing up to the neck hole.
  3. Repeat with the other hand, with no gap in between the hand-prints.
  4. Make two circles, one above each thumb, for the crab’s eyes and also make a smile on the hand-prints.
  5. Your crab t-shirt is ready.

7. Water Bottle Fish

Material Needed

  • Water bottle
  • Green card stock
  • Acrylic paint
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Paper Cup
  • Glue

Instructions

  1. Take the bottle and squirt a generous amount of green paint inside it.
  2. Shake it vigorously to coat the inside of the bottle.
  3. Cut out a tail shape and glue it to the back of the fish.
  4. Cut out a fin and glue it to the top of the fish.
  5. Paste the googly eyes.
  6. Next, cut off the bottom of a paper cup, keeping only half of the top. Cut the edge to resemble waves. Set the fish in the cup.

8. Rainbow Jellyfish

Material Needed

  • Foam balls
  • Yellow paint
  • Colourful pipe cleaners
  • Glue
  • String
  • Googly eyes
  • Toothpick

Instructions

  1. Paint the foam balls yellow and let them dry.
  2. Cut the foam balls in half.
  3. Wrap pipe cleaner around a paintbrush, then slide the paintbrush out.
  4. Turn the foam ball half upside down and insert four pipe cleaners into the flat side.
  5. Poke a small hole using a toothpick in the centre of the top of the ball.
  6. Pull out a string from the hole to make a hanger.
  7. Paste the googly eyes.
  8. Let everything dry before hanging.

9. Ocean In A Jar

Material Needed

  • A jar with a lid
  • Water
  • Plastic aquarium plants
  • Aquarium gravel
  • Plastic fish, etc.
  • Blue food colouring

Instructions

  1. Place the plastic aquarium plant into the jar.
  2. Add a spoonful of gravel to the bottom of the jar, covering the base of the plant.
  3. Add the figurines, fish, etc., items to the jar.
  4. Add a couple of drops of food colouring to the water first and stir.
  5. Pour water into the jar.
  6. Tighten the lid, and the ocean jar is ready.

10. Magic Ocean Art

Material Needed

  • White craft paper
  • Oil pastels
  • Acrylic paint
  • Toothpick

Instructions

  1. Colour the white paper with different oil pastel crayons.
  2. Paint black acrylic colour all over the oil pastels.
  3. Use a toothpick to draw fish, aquatic plants and other things related to ocean.
  4. Enjoy the ocean come to life as you draw with the toothpick.

11. Cloth Pin Octopus

Material Needed

  • Clothespins
  • Acrylic paint
  • Cardstock
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Take eight cloth pins and paint all over them with green colour. Let it dry.
  2. Cut a rectangle shape from the green cardstock.
  3. Round off the top edges and make rounded notches on the side of the rectangle.
  4. Paste googly eyes in the middle of the rectangle.
  5. Fasten the cloth pins around the bottom part of the rectangle.
  6. Dip the end of the paintbrush in white paint and put dots on the cloth spins randomly.
  7. Your cloth pin octopus is ready.

12. Squid Pen & Pencil Holder

Material Needed

  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Paint
  • Big google eyes
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Instructions

  1. Cut the  toilet paper roll into medium size and paint it.
  2. Cut slits about half an inch apart on one end of the toilet paper roll.
  3. Paste the big google eyes.
  4. Cut a square out of a piece of cardboard, large enough to fit a squid holder.
  5. Wrap it in white paper and use blue paint to make waves on it.
  6. Paste the holder on the cardboard base using glue.
  7. Fill your squid holder with pens, pencils, crayons, etc.

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