35 Beach and Ocean Themed Sensory Play Ideas (2024)

ByHeather Greutman


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I love the beach and ocean. Unfortunately, living in southwest Ohio means the beach is at least 12 hours away and we are lucky if we get there once a year. Ellie has yet to experience a real beach or ocean so I wanted to bring the experience to her right here. Today I am featuring some of my favorite beach and ocean themed sensory play ideas for kids of all ages.

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Beach And Ocean Themed Sensory Play Ideas for Kids

Last week I made her a sand and seashell washing sensory bin outside. We really had a lot of fun with it and you can read about how to set yours up here: Beach Themed Water Sensory Table for Toddlers.

I also did this Seashell Washing Practical Life Activity with her the day after and she really enjoyed it.

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35 Beach & Ocean Sensory Play Ideas for Kids

Here are some more great beach and ocean-themed sensory play ideas from some of my favorite kid bloggers around.

Rainbow Fish Ocean Sensory Bin – Mom Inspired Life

Ocean Sensory Table – Stir The Wonder

Jello Ocean Light Table Play – Still Playing School

Ocean Sensory Bag – Craftulate

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Marine Life Sensory Bin– Parenting Chaos

Whale Sensory Bin Book Extension – Growing Book by Book

Beach Cloud Dough Recipe – Craftulate

Squishy Ocean Sensory Bag – In The Playroom

Digging for Shark Tooth & Fossils Sensory Bin – Stir the Wonder

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Shaving Cream & Seashells– A Mom with a Lesson Plan

Sparkly Sensory Starfish – The Inspired Treehouse

Ocean Slime Recipe – Buggy & Buddy

Ice Painting Sea Creatures – Parenting Chaos

Sparkly Ocean Play Dough – Stir The Wonder

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Beach Party Sensory Activity – Mommy's Bundle

Ocean Animals Sensory Bin – Parenting Chaos

Ocean Themed Water Play – Danya Bayna

Rocky Shore Small World with Ocean Play Dough – Buggy & Buddy

Feet In The Sand Sensory Play – The Inspired Treehouse

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Homemade Beach Sand Slime – Little Bins for Little Hands

Ocean Small World Play– Rainy Day Mum

Under the Sea Ocean Bottle – KC Edventures

Underwater Pearls – The Inspired Treehouse

Ocean Sensory PlayOn a Mirror – School Time Snippets

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Sand Foam Dough Recipe – And Next Comes L

Sea Turtle Activities for Toddlers – Every Star is Different

Indoor Beach – 3 Dinosaurs

Printable Sea Creatures for Play Dough – Nurture Store

Ocean Science and Sensory Activities – Little Bins for Little Hands

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How To Make Your Own Ocean – Sun Hats & Wellie Boots

Beach Sensory Bin – 3 Dinosaurs

Seashell Letter Match Sensory Game – And Next Comes L

Ocean Sensory Play – Crafts on Sea

Welcome Summer Blog Hop

A bunch of amazing kid bloggers and myself have all gotten together today to share our summer activity ideas with you. Be sure to check out all the great summer fun ideas below.

Wet and Wonderful Summer Ideas for Kids | Powerful Mothering

Summer Flower Sensory Bin for Kids | Adventure in a Box

Summer nature art & craft ideas | Messy Little Monster

Summer acts of kindness for kids | Mum in the Mad House

Low-Stress Summer Fun for Kids | Mama Smiles

Awesome Backyard Ideas for Summer | In The Playroom

Summer STEM Activities for Kids | Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Top tips for creating a Summer fairy garden | The Gingerbread House

100 Budget-Friendly Summer Activities | Something 2 Offer

How to Make Awesome Summer Juices for Kids | Witty Hoots

Ultimate Guide to Summer Sidewalk Chalk | What Can We Do With Paper & Glue

Ideas for Summer drawings | Hodge Podge Craft

Summer Alphabet Relay Obstacle Course – Mom Inspired Life

27 Simple Summer Science Experiments for Kids | Edventures with Kids

Summer Evenings – Family Fun Ideas with young kids | Rainy Day Mum

Celebrate Summer with Sun Crafts! | Artsy Momma

| Growing Hands-On Kids

20 Ideas for Summer Fun with Preschool Kids | Bare Feet on the Dashboard

Planning a Summer Garden for Kids – Mama’s Happy Hive

10 Summer Snacks for Kids to Make – Fun-A-Day!

Quick and Easy Frozen Summer Watermelon Pop | Little Bins for Little Hands

Frozen Watermelon Cubes for Fruit Flavored Water | Little Bins for Little Hands

Summer Alphabet Activities– Growing Book by Book

Fun with Zoo Animals for Kids – My Bright Firefly

Summer Bubble Fun For Kids – Just Another Mom

Epic Light Table Ice Legos & More for Summer! – The Natural Homeschool

Summer Preschool Activities – Living Life and Learning

Free Summer Printables – Montessori Nature

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Heather Greutman, COTA

Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience in school-based OT services for preschool through high school. She uses her background to share child development tips, tools, and strategies for parents, educators, and therapists. She is the author of many ebooks including The Basics of Fine Motor Skills, and Basics of Pre-Writing Skills, and co-author of Sensory Processing Explained: A Handbook for Parents and Educators.

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