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Planning a trip to the beach or dreaming about one? This collection of adorable ocean animal crafts is sure to be a hit with your kids this summer!
Whether you’re looking for an ocean animal craft to add to your preschool beach theme or you’re just looking for something to do with your preschoolers this afternoon, your little ones will love all of these ocean craft ideas.
Kids are fascinated by ocean animals, and your kids will love making some of their own. Whether they choose a crab, a jellyfish, a shark, or a seahorse, they’re going to have a blast diving into these crafts.
Easy Ocean Animal Crafts
Paper-Weaving Sea Turtle Craft – Download the free template and follow the tutorial to make a simple paper-weaving sea turtle craft with your preschoolers!
Easy Paper Weaving Seahorse Art Project – Inspired by the ocean and perfect for summer! Kids can make this adorable seahorse art project with colored paper and bubble wrap. Perfect to do alongside Mr. Seahorse by Eric Carle.
Shark Drinks | Turn your child’s juice box into a silly shark with this quick and easy tutorial.
Bubble Wrap Jellyfish Craft for Kids | Combine bubble wrap, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners for this fun craft.
Paper Roll Octopus | This fun fellow will spark your kids’ imagination and lead to some fun pretend play.
Cereal Box Aquarium | Save this one for a long rainy afternoon. It’s sure to keep kids occupied for a while creating and designing their own aquariums.
Paper Bag Shark Craft | Perfect for Shark Week or anytime!
Bottle Cap Fish Art | With some old bottle caps, construction paper, and glitter glue, your kids can make a whole ocean of bottle cap fish this summer!
Paper Plate Pufferfish Craft for Kids | I, for one, think pufferfish are cute. And, these paper plate pufferfish are at the top of my summer crafting list!
Quilling Turtle Craft | Little ones will work on their motor skills as they work to create these cute turtles.
Paper Roll Crab Craft | This little crab is so cute. He reminds me of Sebastian from The Little Mermaid.
Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish | I don’t know a kid that isn’t excited about things that glow in the dark. They’ll be begging to make this jellyfish and then hiding out in a dark space to watch him glow.
Newspaper Shark Craft | I love the combination of the bright blue papers with the muted gray of the newspaper. How clever!
Rocking Paper Plate Crab Craft | These adorable crabs rock back and forth and have pincers that actually open and close!
Paper Plate Rainbow Fish Craft | Preschoolers will work on their fine motor skills as they paint, cut, and paste their way to a beautiful rainbow fish!
Coffee Filter Jellyfish Craft for Preschoolers | The coffee filter base gives this jellyfish a beautiful tie-dyed look.
Mermaid Necklaces | Seashells and glitter glue (and a couple other simple supplies) combine to make a beautiful mermaid necklace your preschoolers will wear all summer long.
No Mess Fish Canvas Art | If you’re looking for a mess-free craft for your preschoolers, you have to check out this awesome fish painting based on the book Bright Stanley.
Ocean Sunfish Paper Plate Craft for Kids | Here’s another fun paper plate fish for your preschoolers to try!
Starfish Texture Art | I love everything about these starfish!
Starfish Paper Plate Craft | Your kids can create their own beach scene with this project.
Jellyfish Discovery Bottle | If you’ve ever visited the aquarium with your kids, I’m sure you’ve seen the jellyfish tanks. Kids can create their own with this discovery bottle.
Paper Roll Seahorse Puppets | Your kids will love making these seahorse puppets and then using them to act out stories this summer.
Pelican Paper Plate Craft | This may be the only pelican craft I’ve ever seen, and it’s adorable!
DIY Mermaid Tiara for Kids | Do you have a little mermaid fan? She’ll love this mermaid tiara!
How to Make a Whale Collage | I love that these kids worked together to make a huge, multi-media whale collage!
Recycle Plastic Bottle Turtle | Follow this tutorial to create a sea turtle out of an old plastic soda bottle.
Layered Paper Art Underwater Scenes | This multi-step art project is perfect for spreading across several rainy summer afternoons.
With 25 amazing ocean animals crafts for kids, how will you choose where to start?
MUST HAVE RESOURCES:
When completing these crafts and activities at home, I find that the following resources are very helpful to have on hand.
MORE Ocean animal ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Preschoolers will have fun using these free printable ocean animals flashcards to learn the names of more than 20 ocean animals!
Egg carton ocean animals make great summertime crafts! Whether you’re heading to the beach or just learning about it, try one (or more) of these ideas.
Fill your book basket with ocean animal books for preschoolers. They will help you introduce your little ones to the ocean and the animals that live in it.