What summer themes are you planning for your preschool lessons this year? We love learning about the ocean, so I’ve got some exciting ocean lesson plans for us to explore this Summer. I can’t wait to share them with you! They’re ideal for preschoolers but easy to adapt for toddlers, kindergarteners, and early elementary children too. This Ocean Preschool Theme is full of amazing under the sea adventures for your children.
Ocean Preschool Theme
Are you planning a summer getaway to the beach or looking for something exciting to do with your preschoolers this Summer? Then, you’ll definitely want to check out all the fun ocean lesson plans and activities I’ve put together.
Keep reading for all kinds of learning fun with ocean activities for preschoolers including lessons about ocean zones, ocean science experiments, fun book suggestions, and cute ocean crafts.
Ocean Lesson Plan
Learning Ocean Zones for Kids
Did you know humans have only explored about 5% of the ocean? There’s still so much we don’t know! We do know the ocean can be divided into three zones. These zones are different environments with diverse plants and animals living in each.
Learning about the zones is a fun ocean lesson plan to explore with your kids this Summer.
Check out some of our favorite lessons all about ocean zones for kids:
These exciting sensory jars will help your preschoolers visualize all three ocean zones and explore some of the animals living in each zone. Plus, they’re easy to make and perfect for a quiet and engaging lesson all about ocean zones for kids.
Coloring is a fantastic way to help your preschoolers build fine motor skills and concentration. Plus, this ocean zone coloring page will help your preschoolers remember the sunlight zone, the twilight zone, and the midnight zone. Kids can label each zone in the ocean and color the animals that live there for extra practice.
This adorable book is filled with beautiful art work and a fascinating tale about the animals that live in each zone of the ocean. Get ready to meet these amazing ocean creatures as you travel “down, down, down” in the ocean together during your preschool storytime.
Let’s Learn the Ocean Zones video from SciShow Kids
SciShow Kids videos are informative and engaging. Your kids will learn a lot about each ocean zone with Caitlin and her robot mouse, Squeak. Grab some goldfish crackers and get ready to learn with this cute video that’s perfect for a rainy day.
Learning about the Ocean for Preschoolers
Ocean and sea life crafts and learning that include projects about fish, whales, sharks, starfish, tide pools, the beach, and more!
This Ocean process art is a lovely way to start your themed week or month. You can use this ocean themed art to create a display.
Preschool Ocean Science Experiments
There’s so much to observe and explore when you’re studying this exciting ocean theme! Ocean science activities are a fantastic way to encourage your preschoolers to be curious, make observations, and explore the world around them.
Get ready for some hands on science learning fun with these hands-on science themed ocean activities for preschoolers:
Explore Sinking and Floating
Which animals float in the ocean and which sink? How do big animals like sharks float in the ocean? Why don’t seashells float? You can explore these questions and more with a fun hands-on ocean science experiment.
Fill a bathtub or large container with water. Then, add various objects to discover whether they sink or float. Have your preschoolers make predictions about what will sink and what will float. Then, record their predictions and what actually happens for some fun practice using the scientific method together.
Beachcombing Nature Walk
My favorite science lessons are always the ones where we get outdoors and explore. If you live near a beach or you’re visiting one, take the opportunity to explore the ocean together with a fun nature walk. Beachcombing is all about walking along the shore to see what you can discover.
- Sea Glass
- Sharks teeth
- Sand pebbles
- Sand crabs
This cool ocean life science experiment for kids explores density and even touches on ocean zones. Plus, it’s a great sensory experience for preschoolers. Get the instructions on how to build your very own ocean life jar to get started having fun with this ocean activity for preschoolers.
Explore freezing, melting, and the ocean in this cool science experiment that’s all about exploring the ocean using all 5 senses. Plus, it’s a great way to get in some extra fine motor skills practice with your preschoolers.
Ocean Music and Movement Activities
Ocean themed music and movement activities will keep your children active. Add these fun ideas to an Ocean or Under the sea units.
Preschool Ocean Theme
I love it when snack time is themed to match the lesson. It’s not just something cute to do, it’s a great opportunity to reinforce all the things you’re learning in your homeschool lessons with preschoolers.
Sometimes, a snack with a fun theme is all you need to encourage picky eaters to try something new.
Check out these ocean snacks for even more ocean theme fun with your preschoolers this Summer:
Ocean Graham Crackers
Serve graham crackers with blue icing and small plastic knives for spreading. Have your preschoolers cover the crackers with icing to create their very own “ocean.” Then, attach sand (cracker crumbs) and fill this sweet ocean with treats:
Check out my collection of fun under the sea snacks for kids of all ages. It’s filled with fun and healthy ideas like cucumber boats, octopus fruit, and “just keep swimming” popcorn mix. Your preschoolers will remember this ocean theme all summer long after enjoying these sweet treats.
Whether you are interested in teaching your children the layers of the ocean, Ocean zones, sea life, looking for ocean science worksheets and hands-on activities, or just need help planning a unit study, this pack is amazing. It has beautiful real and realistic pictures included that your children and you will love working with.
More Printable Ocean Activities for Preschoolers
If you’re looking for even more adorable ocean printables to use with your kids this Summer, you don’t want to miss these printable ocean activities.
These cute printable bundles are filled with fun and learning opportunities. Plus, they’re great for entertaining your kiddos as you travel to the ocean this Summer.
Check out these below:
Ocean Theme Preschool Worksheets
- Free Printable Ocean Activity Pages for Preschoolers and Kindergartners
- Ocean Theme Printables with Thumbprint Ocean Animal Art Activities
- Montessori Theme Ocean Preschool Activities and Printables
- 33+ Shark Printables, Templates, and Activities
- Preschool Beach Printables and Activities
With both fiction and non-fiction ocean themed books, your children will have a variety of ocean adventures with these under the sea storybooks . Ready to get your kids excited about reading? Check these great children’s books out.
Ocean Sensory Activities
If you want more learning activities for your Ocean theme, add in a couple of different sensory bags, sensory bins, or sensory bottles for a variety of different sensory activities.
- Seashells and beach treasures Sensory Bin
- Ocean Slime
- Under the Sea Slime
- Beach Sensory Bin
- Ocean Life Sensory Bag
- Ocean Pollution Activities – Science and Sensory
- Easy Frozen Ocean Animals Sensory Play
- Easy Ocean Sensory Bin
- Shark Slime
Ocean Activities for Preschoolers
I hope you’re filled with fun ideas for an ocean preschool theme this Summer! Are you planning a fun ocean themed activity with your preschoolers this Summer?
Will you be traveling to the beach or bringing the ocean into your homeschool classroom with these fun ocean activities?
Share your summer learning plans in the comments. I can’t wait to read all about them!
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