Crafts for Kids Ocean

Watercolor and Crayon Ocean Craft

Today we are sharing a great craft to do with the kids this Summer! This Watercolor and Crayon Ocean Scene is a and easy craft that uses simple supplies with little prep. Kids can draw an ocean scene and then paint as they please to make a super cute ocean scene!

Watercolor and Crayon Ocean Craft - this is such a simple technique that is easy for toddler, preschool, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, adn 5th grade kids to try. It is such a fun under the sea craft perfect for summer. #craftsforkids #ocean #preschool

Watercolor Over Crayon



  • white paper
  • crayons or oil pastels
  • blue watercolor paint
  • paintbrush

First, draw ocean life using oil pastels or crayons. You may want to draw fish, coral, crustaceans, ocean plants, ocean mammals like whales, or anything else you may see in the ocean! Use your imagination, or get ideas from ocean books.

It’s fun to fill the page and make it bright and colorful. The brighter it is, the better it turns out once the paint is on the page. It also helps to make sure to completely fill in the shapes with crayon.


Ocean Craft

After you are finished drawing your ocean scene, it’s time to paint with watercolor! Use blue watercolor paint and paint it all over the page, being sure to go over the drawings too. Using “watery” watercolor works best, so you make need to add a bit more water.

Continue painting all around the page until it is covered with blue.

You may want to get creative and add some green or purple watercolor for more interest in the water.


Now it’s time to let the painting dry. If you would like to to dry flat, you may want to put some weights on the corner, or a book on top of the painting while it dries. Just be sure that what you use for a book/weight is something you don’t mind getting paint on.

After the painting is dry, your watercolor and crayon ocean scene is complete. It’s such a pretty art activity that’s simple to do and goes great with the season!



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Ocean Activities for Kids

Looking for more ocean activities for kids? You will love these clever, free resources and ideas:

All About Whales and Dolphins lesson for kids. Printable information, facts, worksheets, label the whale, whale life cycle and more!   Fish for kids lesson plan filled with tons of fun information and facts including shape, camouflage, life cycles, label anatomy, tests, experiments on swim bladder / buoyancy, lateral lines, and more! HUGE Ocean Unit for elementary and middle school kids to learn about the ocean and aquatic animals with engaging lessons, hands on science experiments, worksheets, report templates, creative writing templates, and more!

Don’t miss the other animal studies we’ve created!

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Emily loves to get out exploring and learning alongside her children, and strives to make learning fun! She blogs at Creative Little Explorers, where she shares hands-on learning ideas, nature activities, crafts, and more.

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