If I could I would spend every single day of summer at the beach. Unfortunately it’s just not possible, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring a little bit of ocean inspired play into our days at home. These creative ocean small worlds are great inspiration for creating your own pretend play invitations this summer. Use them as part of an ocean theme, or just set them up when you’re wishing you were at the beach instead. They’re sure to inspire lots of play and learning.
Get a full week of ocean theme lesson plans for
Home Preschool or your Preschool Classroom.
Ocean Small World Play
Build your own beach at home and enjoy the soothing water in this beach small world.
Pretend to be sea creatures exploring underwater with this ocean small world from Stay at Home Educator.
Go BIG with your small world and create it in a kiddie pool like this ocean sensory pool featured on Housing a Forest. Aren’t those boats, clever!?
Use play dough to create a rocky shore small world like Buggy and Buddy did.
Add in some alphabet matching practice with our abc ocean sensory bin (not pictured).
Add a fizzy science twist to your ocean small world with this idea from Fun at Home with Kids.
Learn about scuba diving and pretend to explore the deep blue sea with this small world from Happy Hooligans.
Kids can build their own mini sand castles in this Seaside Small World from The Imagination Tree.
And if you’re dreaming of camping instead of the beach make this camping small world. Create it in anticipation of your next camping trip, or make it once you’ve gotten home to practice retelling favorite events from your vacation.
Get a Full Week of Ocean Theme Learning and Play
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) Shark Dice Game (color and black/white)
2) Whale Dice Game (color and black/white)
3) Starfish Sorting and Patterning Cards
4) Ocean Letter Matching Puzzles
5) Ocean Life Number Cards 0 to 35
6) Ocean Family Counting Sets for Numbers 1-10
7) Sea Life Cards (for counting, patterning, and sorting)
8) Ocean Roll and Graph Game
9) Sea Life Word Building Cards
10) Sea Life Syllable Sort Activity