Ocean Preschool Activities

There are SO MANY ideas for ocean activities for preschoolers. We had so much fun exploring ideas that are already out there, as well as coming up with our own fun, engaging, and book-based ocean printables of our own. Below you will find a mix of links to other ocean themed activities that my preschoolers and I have done together, as well as an opportunity to download a freebie from this bundle!


Purchase the In the Ocean Preschool Activity Bundle for an entire week’s worth of easy and fun preschool activities.


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Blueberry Beach Cupcakes

These blueberry beach themed cupcakes have a delicious flavor and are topped with a cream cheese frosting. I am craving one as I write this! They are definitely a treat, but hey, everything in moderation, right? We topped the blue frosting with coarse brown sugar and it looked just like a beach! The kids were all so excited to make them… and eat them!

beach themed cupcakes

The kids especially loved helping to make them. Whenever I’m in the kitchen, my kids are begging to help me. I have a love/hate relationship with this as I have a system when I’m cooking or cleaning, and for whatever reason, I have a hard time getting myself to enjoy having their “help.” Designated cooking times seem to help everyone get what they need. Brooke is amazing at cooking with the kids, so I leave it to her on preschool days.

beach themed cupcakes

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Rainbow Fish Counting Activity

I have a tendency to focus mostly on reading and books for our lessons, so any activity that uses a book to work on math skills gets a big yes from me. This Rainbow Fish Counting Activity was a big hit. It held everyone’s attention, was easily scaled to accommodate all skill levels, and was easy to set up and clean up.

rainbow fish preschool counting activity

The amazing playdough recipe and activity directions PLUS an entire weeks worth of Ocean-themed Activities are included in the Ocean Preschool Activity Bundle:


Ocean Sensory Bin

I set this Ocean Sensory Play activity up in my laundry room because we have wood floors and I knew this was going to be a messy (but fun!) activity for my kids. I was interested to see how my 2.5 year old son would react to it. I knew he would want to play, but he isn’t a fan of having his hands wet or messy. Apparently, the chance to splash and play in the water was enough for him to overcome his dislike.

We also had so much fun playing, I completely forgot to take additional pictures before I put it away. I was so bummed! But, it’s still a fun picture and I have linked to everything I used, as well as some other fun ideas I looked at when I was planning this activity.

ocean sensory play
Setup was simple, I just grabbed a big tub and threw everything I had for the bin in it. Here is what I used:


The kids splashed and played in their ocean for a few days, and when it was time to clean up, I just scooped everything out onto towels to dry, drained the water, and then let the sand dry on the bottom. After it was dry, I poured it into a jar to reuse again.

Ocean Sensory Activity Inspiration

There are so many adorable and fun ideas for an ocean sensory activity, that I wanted to include some additional ideas. They are linked below and look like so much fun!

Deep sea sensory bin

Deep Sea Sensory Bin

from Keep Calm and Mommy On


two item sensory bin

Super Simple Ocean Sensory Bin

from Fun-A-Day


Sensory Small World Ocean
Ocean Sensory Small World

from The Paige Diaries


Ocean Life Sensory Bag

Ocean Life Sensory Bag

from Natural Beach Living

Ocean Activity Roundup

Ocean-themed activities and crafts from around the web!

ocean activities for preschool

Purchase the In the Ocean Preschool Activity Bundle for an entire week’s worth of easy and fun preschool activities.


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