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DIY Make 4 Fun Ocean Animal Crafts With Your Kids

To celebrate the ocean and all its fascinating creatures we have 4 Adorable ocean animal crafts to make from scratch with your kiddos.

The ocean covers 70% percent of the earth and is the home to some pretty cool animals such as octopus, fish, starfish, and crab.

Ocean Animal crafts

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Along with the these 4 fun craft instructions, we have included interesting ocean facts and rib tickling ocean jokes.  We also have a fun freebie for you at the end so keep on reading.

All of the facts and jokes are family friendly and perfect for sharing with your kids.

These ocean animals will be a blast to make with your kiddos. They are easy to make with only a few simple supplies you probably already have around the house. So find your scissors, glue, and construction paper.

Once you have gathered your supplies, all you have to do is follow the easy-peasy step-by-step instructions. 

Ocean Animal Craft Options

We like to offer you the parent or teacher a couple of ways to complete our paper crafts. 

If you are a crafty scissor master below we offer you step by step instructions to DIY these adorable animals, just keep scrolling…

But, if you prefer the easy button we have a template to make crafting simple for you.

There are not enough hours in the day.  With so many fun activities and adorable crafts that you want to enjoy with your kids. 

4 fun ocean crafts

So to make them a little more attainable.  Don’t waste five hours cutting and prepping the craft instead of playing with your little ones. Grab a template.

You can use this time saving craft template in so many fun different ways!

Give the pre-colored template to younger kids with short attention spans.  This keeps the craft a little shorter so that they don’t get tired halfway through.

For the kids who like to color give them the black and white template so that they can make these dinosaurs their own.  Quick note: I have found that it is so much easier to color the template before you cut it out.

fish, crab, starfish, octopus

And for the more advanced kids, who are ready for more of a challenge.  Have them cut out the template.  Instead of gluing it together, take the template and trace it onto paper to create the craft.

It adds tracing to the craft along with scissors and glue.  Tracing is always a good skill to practice as well.

Each template below includes the following:

  • Black and white template: Print, Color, Cut, Glue, and Enjoy.
  • Template (Already Colored): Print, Cut, Glue, and Enjoy.
  • a coloring sheet
  • 8.5 by 11 color craft poster
  • Click on the image below to get the template

Supplies Needed For Your Ocean Animals

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Paper
  • Templates (optional; see above pictures)

How To Make An Octopus Craft

octopus craft instructions

Step 1


  • Cut out a purple raindrop

Step 2


  • Cut out 6 rectangles with rounded edges
  • Glue the head to the legs/tentacles
octopus cut out parts

Step 3


  • Cut out 2 white ovals (Outer eyes)
  • Cut out 2 smaller black ovals (inner eyes)
  • Glue the outer eyes to the head
  • Glue the inner eyes to the outer eyes
  • Cut out a blue crescent (smile)
  • Glue the smile to the head

Step 4


  • Color purple dots all over the purple octopus
purple octopus

How To Make Starfish Craft

starfish craft instructions

Step 1


  • Cut out a pink star

Step 2


  • Cut out 2 white ovals (Outer eyes)
  • Cut out 2 smaller black ovals (inner eyes)
  • Glue the outer eyes to the starfish
  • Glue the inner eyes to the outer eyes
  • Cut out a blue crescent (smile)
  • Glue the smile to the head

Step 3


  • Color 3 pink dots in the corners on each of the starfish
pink starfish

How To Make A Fish Craft

fish craft instructions

Step 1


  • Cut out a big blue oval

Step 2


  • Cut out a white circle (outer eye)
  • Cut out a black circle (inner eye)
  • Glue the outer eye to the body
  • Glue the inner eye to the outer eye
  • Use a black marker to draw a mouth on the body
blue fish cut out

Step 3


  • Cut out a blue half oval (top fin)
  • Glue at the top of the body
  • Cut out a blue triangle (Back fin)
  • Glue to the body
  • Cut out a blue heart (side fin)
  • Glue to the body
blue fish craft

How To Make A Crab Craft

crab craft instructions

Step 1


  • Cut out a red oval (body)

Step 2


  • Cut out 2 red rectangles (arms)
  • Glue to the body
  • Cut out 2 red claws
  • Glue to the rectangles
crab paper craft

Step 3


  • Cut out 6 orange rectangles
  • Glue to the body

Step 4


  • Cut out 2 red rectangles (Rectangles that connect eyes and body)
  • Cut out 2 red circles
  • Glue the red rectangles to the body
  • Glue the red circles to the rectangles
  • Cut out 2 white circles (Outer eyes)
  • Cut out 2 smaller black circles (Inner eyes)
  • Glue the outer eyes to the body
  • Glue the inner eyes to the outer eyes

Step 5


  • Cut out a blue crescent (Mouth)
  • Glue the mouth to the body
red crab craft

Ocean Facts For Kids

fun ocean facts
  • Around 70% of the planet’s surface is covered by oceans. In fact, the oceans hold about 96.5% of all water on Earth.
  • The largest ocean on Earth is the Pacific Ocean, covering around 30% of the Earth’s surface.
  • The name “Pacific Ocean” comes form the Latin name Tepre Pacificum, “peaceful sea”.
  • The deepest known area of the Earth’s oceans is known as the Mariana Trench. It’s deepest point measures 11km. That’s a long dive down!
  • The world’s oceans are home to incredible creatures that are masters of disguise! Take a look for yourself…
  • The longest mountain range in the world is found underwater. Stretching over 56,000km, the Mid-Oceanic Ridge is a mountain chain that runs along the center of the ocean basins.
  • About 70% of the oxygen we breathe is produced by the oceans.
ocean crafts
  • The ocean floor has many levels.  This might be one of the most interesting ocean facts on this list. The continental shelf, the shallowest part, runs along the edges of the continents. They slow down toward the deep parts, which are called the basins. All the way at the bottom of the basins are large, flat plains. Deep cracks in the ocean floor are called trenches.
  • Ocean currents can be warm or cold.  The warm currents usually bring warm weather and rain while cold currents often cause a dry climate.
  • “There are about one million species of animals living in the ocean.
  • There are about one million species of animals living in the ocean.  Most of them are invertebrates—animals without a backbone—such as shrimp and jellyfish.”
  • “Some of the Earth’s smallest animals live in the ocean.
  • Some of the Earth’s smallest animals live in the ocean.  Zooplankton are so small that you need a microscope to see them!”
  • “The largest ocean animal is the blue whale.

If you want more ocean facts check out National Geographic Kids.

fun ocean jokes

Ocean Jokes For Kids

  1. What did the ocean say to the shore? 
    • Nothing It Just Waved
  2. How do you find electricity in the ocean? 
    • Just look for the current
  3. How do you make an octopus laugh? 
    • With TEN-tickles
  4. Why should you never blame a dolphin for doing anything wrong?
    •    Because they never do it on porpoise
  5. Why don’t oysters share their pearls?
    • Because they’re shellfish
  6. Who cleans the ocean? 
    • The mermaids
  7. What keeps the ocean from leaking out? 
    • The Seals
  8. Why is the ocean salty?
    • Because the land never waved back
  9. I was trying to make up a joke about the ocean. 
    • But I couldn’t think of anything Pacific
  10. Where do mermaids keep their money?
    • In the riverbank
  11. Why is the ocean so strong?       
    • Because of all it’s mussels
  12. Where do fish sleep?
    • On the seabed
  13. How do you cut the ocean in half? 
    • With a sea-saw
  14. Why do seagulls fly over the ocean? 
    • Because if they flew over the bay they’d be bagels.
  15. What is the best way to communicate with a fish?
    • Drop it a line

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