Ocean Preschool Art

This summer, plan to present these ocean preschool art projects to your little ones. They’re perfect for home and classroom use!

As you begin planning your ocean theme preschool fun, you’ll definitely want to try one or more of these fun art projects with your preschoolers.

You can also do them as you prepare for or after you return from your summer beach vacation. 

This summer, plan to present these ocean preschool art projects to your little ones. They're perfect for home and classroom use!

Crafts are fun, but they don’t leave much room for exploration and creativity. Preschool art projects, on the other hand, are a great way for preschoolers to explore various art medium while exploring their creativity. 

Ocean Preschool Art

This jellyfish salt painting activity is such a fun process art activity that memorized the kids while they watched the paint colors mix and travel along the lines of salt and glue. I Heart Arts and Crafts

Get inspired by the book Here We Are and create your own watercolor ocean art with your child.Let your child paint the background of the underwater ocean scene. Inspiration Laboratories

Forget the paintbrush and use a sponge to make this sponge painted ocean art for kids! Craftulate

Go underwater to find your art inspiration and create these fun layered paper underwater art using two different art techniques. Creative Family Fun

After reading all about coral reefs, get out some of your art supplies to make your own watercolor and salt coral reef pictures . Rainy Day Mum

Kids always love painting with watercolors, and when you add oil pastels and salt to the mix, it makes the activity even more exciting! Use these items to make colorful ocean artBuggy and Buddy

Kids can draw an ocean scene and then paint as they please to make a super cute ocean scene! 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Your child can practice their fine motor skills by tearing tissue paper as seaweed to create a puffy paint ocean scene. Artsy Momma

Painting sea shells is a simple, but fun, ocean art activity for children of all ages. Preschoolers will really enjoy this activity for the sensory and artistic elements. Fun A Day

Grab a tray and some ocean colored paint so that your child can make an ocean inspired monoprint. Each picture will be as unique as your child! Play Teach Repeat

Allow your child to create an ocean animal canvas with a little book inspiration! Look through a book about ocean animals then paint your canvas to create a one of a kind piece of art. Rainy Day Mum

Children will love making these simple tide pool art projects. Kids love adding real sand to their project making this a great sensory activity, and it’s perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and on up! Buggy and Buddy

Have you ever used bubble wrap to create a beautiful under the water scene? The larger the piece of paper that you use the larger your child’s piece of art can be! The Imagination Tree

In this open ended fish art and science activity, children create their own fish.  Kids trace, cut, and paint. The Educators Spin on It

If your child wants to create a large collage then this whale collage would be a great art piece to make. Blue Bear Wood

Has your child ever created a marbled art piece? With shaving cream and food coloring your child can create marbled fish art or any ocean creature. Fantastic Fun and Learning

To bring the ocean indoors, cool off with this amazing Ocean Process Art activity.  All it takes are a few simple supplies and you will get a refreshing underwater feel! Play to Learn Preschool

With adult supervision, your child can create glittery melted crayon fish or ocean creatures. Life with Moore Babies

This summer, plan to present these ocean preschool art projects to your little ones. They're perfect for home and classroom use!


Fill your book basket with a great collection of preschool ocean books. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.

If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.

Commotion in the OceanOver in the Ocean: In a Coral ReefOcean: A Peek-Through Picture Book


Commotion in the Ocean – This delightful collection of poems includes fun rhymes about the creatures who live in and around the ocean. Children will delight in the snappy poems and colorful illustrations about whales, walruses, penguins, polar bears, stingrays, and sharks.

Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef – This coral reef is a marine nursery, teeming with mamas and babies! In the ageold way of kids and fish, children will count and clap to the rhythm of “Over in the Meadow” while puffer fish “puff,” gruntfish “grunt” and seahorses “flutter.” 

Ocean: A Peek Through Book – Discover a world teeming with life beneath the waves, with graceful sea horses, darting tropical fish, electric eels, and humpback whales.

Round Out Your Unit with These Activities:

So, you need something adorable, but it also needs to provide engaging and meaningful play, right? This super cute ocean felt board set is a wonderful quiet toy for your little mermaids and mermen, keeping them creatively playing with an open-ended, screen-free, imagination-building toy (with all sorts of early learning secretly tucked inside). 

Create your own underwater world with this mini version of our Ocean play dough kit! These make great party favors and are perfect for on the go!

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These color by number ocean animals are great for practicing number recognition and color words as well as building fine motor muscles.  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.

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