Oh, how I love a good preschool ocean theme! Of course, the following ideas would be wonderful for a kindergarten ocean theme, too! Or adapt them for older children, as well! This collection is broken down into categories so you can find exactly what you want- arts and crafts, sensory bins, science, play doughs, math, literacy, and snacks. Below these activities is an absolutely amazing chance to win 1 of 3 $500 cash prizes, brought to you by the Kid Blogger Network!
35 amazing ideas for a preschool ocean theme!
ARTS & CRAFTS
Let the kiddos get creative as they learn about the ocean:
- Shell Painting with Watercolors – Fun-A-Day
- Cardboard Aquarium Craft – MollyMoo
- Toy Surfboard Craft for Kids – Play Trains
- Create and Ocean Play Scene – Paint on the Ceiling
- Coffee Filter Seahorse Art – Planet Smarty Pants
Hands-on ideas for an ocean theme:
- Super Simple Ocean Sensory Bin – Fun-A-Day
- Taste-Safe Play Sand & Beach Small World – Fun-A-Day
- Ocean Floor Discovery Bin – My Nearest and Dearest
- Giant Sensory Lagoon – Twodaloo
- Ocean Sensory Tray with Frozen Rice – The Imagination Tree
Activities for your little oceanographers:
- Frozen Ocean Animal Rescue – Mama.Papa.Bubba
- Explore Ocean Zones with Under the Sea Bottle – KCEdventures
- Invitation to Explore Ocean Water – Little Bins for Little Hands
- Ocean Science for Kids – Salt Water and Waves – Gift of Curiosity
- Octopus Black Ink Experiment – Learn.Play.Imagine
Sensory meets arts/crafts for more ocean fun:
- Taste-Safe Coconut Cloud Dough – Fun-A-Day!
- Sea Life Play Dough Imprints – Plain Vanilla Mom
- Beach Sand Cloud Dough Recipe (with Real Sand) – Fun at Home with Kids
- Rocky Shore Small World with Play Dough – Buggy and Buddy
- Natural Sand Play Dough – Creative Playhouse
Ocean math ideas to get the kiddos counting and sorting:
- Shell Sorting – No Time for Flashcards
- Counting Pearls for Shells – Rockabye Butterfly
- Sorting and Graphing Shells – One Time Through
- Fishbowl Counting Mats – The Preschool Toolbox
- Fish Math – Mom to 2 Posh L’il Divas
Ways to encourage literacy learning during a preschool ocean theme:
- Sea Shell Letter Match – And Next Comes L
- Ocean and Beach Books for Preschoolers – Mamas Like Me
- Sight Word Seashells – NurtureStore
- Don’t Soak the Shark Letter Matching Game – Toddler Approved
- Montessori-Inspired Beach Language Activities – Living Montessori Now at PreK and K Sharing
Make those snacks even better with these ocean twists:
- Jellyfish for Lunch – JDaniel4’s Mom
- Sand Dollar Cookies – Diamonds for Dessert
- Seashell Snack and Play – Fantastic Fun and Learning
- Fine Motor Fishing Snack – Twodaloo
- Under the Sea Snack – Creative Kid Snacks
Would you add any other ideas to this preschool ocean theme? Check out Fun-A-Day’s early childhood themes page for more themed fun and learning!
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