Ocean Life Art

The boys (especially Love Bug) are really into ocean creatures right now (mainly thanks to Octonauts). So I decided to plan a bunch of activities with fish and other sea creatures. To start, I printed templates for fish, a seahorse, and an octopus. Love Bug was initially a little upset that there were no sharks, whales, or (his favorite) whale sharks.

Foil-Painted Fish: I covered our fish templates with foil, and the boys painted on top of the foil.


Fork-Painted Fish: They dipped plastic forks in paint to paint the fish, making a cool design from the fork.

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Marbled Seahorse: We first put a layer of shaving cream on a tray and then added lines of different colors of acrylic paint on top. They used popsicle sticks to mix the paint and shaving cream together, and then they dipped the seahorse pictures in it. I scraped off the excess shaving cream, and when they dried there was a really unique look.


Glitter Fish: The boys put liquid glitter glue over their fish and then used a paintbrush to move it around and “paint” as much as they could.

Number 8 Octopus: I drew an octopus and put eight circles on each leg. The original plan was to do Cheerio gluing, but they wanted to color the circles and decorate them instead. An easy counting activity.


Potato Masher Fish: They dipped a potato masher in paint and used it to paint their fish, which ended up looking really fun.

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At the end, we added some googly eyes. Some fish ended up with as many as 7 eyes because googly eyes are just so much fun.


I found these and some other ocean ideas here.



About Kelly

I'm a stay-at-home mom to two boys and a girl. My Love Bug is 4 and has been doing art projects since just after turning 2. My Sweet Pea is 2 and tries to do everything his brother does. Little Flower is 4 months and has no idea of all the fun she has ahead of her.
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