12 Activities Exploring our Amazing Oceans

Here's our second post celebrating World Oceans Day.
The theme of this year's World Oceans Day is Youth: the Next Wave of change. If we're going to encourage the next generation to respect & care for our oceans we have to give them plenty of opportunity to explore them in a number of ways. Of course there is nothing better than experiencing the ocean first hand, but there are many other ways to encourage an interest & get excited about all that our oceans have to offer. Below are just some of the activities we've enjoyed.

1. Visit a local aquarium (or wildlife centre) & check out their marine conservation programs. Many aquariums encourage children to interact with various marine life, & allow them to observe underwater habitats closeup.

2. Make your own small world play scene with our Ocean Play Dough (with sounds of the sea) or our Mirrored Seascape.

3. Paint the Ocean. What does the ocean look & feel like to you...

4. Read a story book inspired by the Ocean. Here are 5 of our favourites.

5. Sail across the ocean to a desert island

7. Create your own underwater collage with these colourful footpints & handprints 

8. Feel the power of the sea & go surfing / paddling with a friend

9. Explore the hidden treasures of a rock pool 

10. Go on a beach watch or coastal cleanup & collect litter. A practical way to encourage care for marine life, & a great opportunity to observe just what the sea washes up.

11. Make marine life puppets & create underwater adventures together. Here's our rainbow fish puppet along with our 'jumping jellyfish' kite.

12. Explore natural objects from the ocean in a bath (shells, pebbles, natural sponges) You could even pretend your are a fish, or a mermaid swimming in the ocean!

To find out more about our oceans & marine conservation check out the following sites.


  1. What a great post with amazing ideas :D - I recognise some of those places. I think we are very lucky in the area where I live that we have access to a Zoo's, aquariums and beaches that are kid friendly.

  2. Fabulous round up as always! And we love hand and footprint fish.. We are even remaking a set at the moment!! :-)

  3. Perfect! We are going to start 'homeschooling' (I'm using that term very loosely!) this summer, and we are starting with an ocean theme. Some of these activities we've already started, some we've already planned, and others I hadn't thought of - will definitely be adding them to our fun!

  4. Nice round up! Those footprint/hand print animals are especially cute!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing, can't wait to share the ocean theme with my daughter this summer and hopefully get to do all of these! Just pineed this onto our Summer Board. We'd love for you to share in on our {Play Learn Make Go} Summer Bucket list too! http://www.theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2012/06/afterschool-express-summer-bucket-list.html

  6. Such great ideas for celebrating the ocean! I would love it if you would add your post to my World Oceans Day linky. http://inspirationlaboratories.com/2012/06/world-oceans-day-2012/

  7. Lovely ideas. The outdoor experiences are particularly wonderful - rockpools were (and still are) my favourite adventure playground as a child. thanks!

  8. What an amazing list! I really love the idea of playing music in the background when appropriate. I'll have to try that soon! :)