"Under the Sea" Activities

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"Under the Sea" Activities
Schools are for children and fish. (life under water image by Vladimir Usatschenko from Fotolia.com)

The ocean and all of its inhabitants have fascinated people for centuries. Sharks, whales, dolphins, fish, coral reefs and more have been the subject of books, movies, documentaries and children's lore. Whether you are throwing a party, making a theme for a dance or prom, or just want some sea-related activities, "Under the Sea" is a theme with lots to choose from.


The sea is a vast place with lots of creatures, coral reefs, sunken ships and more. Learning about the history of the sea or simply reading a novel set at sea like "Moby Dick" will enhance understanding about the sea and shed some light on the mysteries of the ocean.

Colouring Sheets

Though this activity is mainly for children, teenagers and adults love to join in and colour sometimes. Websites such as Kaboose have a multitude of printable sheets available for colouring with the theme of "Under the Sea." This includes individual animals like clown fish, whales, sharks and even starfish.


Websites such as A Kid's Heart and Kaboose also have quite a few puzzle games that are easy to print out that people of all ages will enjoy. From word searches to underwater mazes and even 'find the difference' games, there are lots of great "Under the Sea" puzzles to choose from.

Fish Crafts

Before you throw away or recycle that plastic water bottle, rinse it out and make a fish out of it. Simply twist the bottom of the bottle, which creates a 'tail.' Glue pieces of tissue paper all over it to make the scales, then take a marker and draw in an eye. This can be done with several bottles to make an entire school of fish and keep kids and adults alike occupied for hours.

Sock Creatures

Save any socks your children may have outgrown and turn them into some fun "Under the Sea" creatures like an octopus. Stuff the toe area of the sock with cotton or other filler and tie off with a rubber band. Now use scissors to shred the remainder of the sock into strips, which make the arms of the octopus. Use markers to colour in a face.


Math is not always a popular subject for kids or adults alike, but it can become fun with a little imagination. For example, you can make cardboard or construction paper cutouts of popular sea creatures. Write what the creature is and a little bit about it on one side of the cutout. On a separate sheet of paper, write a list of math problems at your child's level, along with the answers. Write one answer on the other side of each of the cutouts. Ask your child the questions, then have them pick the animal with the correct answer on them. They can read aloud the info on the other side of the card to learn about the sea creature.

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