Would your preschool kids love an Under the Sea theme dramatic play center? The ocean themed play is filled with fun, hands-on activities, crafts and creative, educational play.
Why dramatic play? Dramatic play is a very natural way for children to learn in early childhood. They explore science, math, literacy and social skills in a developmentally appropriate way, and they LOVE it.
This dramatic center is packed full of art opportunities, STEM exploration, and fine motor skills practice.
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PRESCHOOL UNDER THE SEA CLASSROOM THEME
You will probably need a wide variety of Under the Sea activities for your preschool lesson planning. We’ve included activities ranging from STEM, dramatic play, sensory fun, crafts, and more. Check them out below.
Under the Sea Theme Activities for Preschool
Ocean Information Center
Kids will get to learn about fish and ocean habitats in this under the sea theme learning area. They can also play I Spy Sea life on the Ocean Wall with printables from this set.
We set up our ocean area with sea creature crafts we made together. We loved our pool noodle fish, that can also float, our cup turtle, starfish, octopus and more.
Sorting is an important early math and science skill. Here we use a variety of sea shells to sort by size.
Shell Sensory Bin
At the bottom of our ocean wall, I used burlap to imitate a sandy beach. We covered it in shells for the kids to explore and collect. Shells are also perfect for a sensory bin. Hide them in sand and clean them in the water with brushes.
Deep Sea Submarine Dive
This submarine was SO fun. The kids can put on Captain and Engineer ID tags to navigate the ship. You can also set up a ticket stand to sell and collect tickets from passengers.
This activity is all about STEM and sensory play combined into one awesome activity. We used old cans, bottles, juice boxes and other garbage to make boats that can actually float.
Dramatic Play & DIY Crafts
Scuba Diving Dramatic Play
Scuba diving was another huge hit in our Under the Sea theme dramatic play center. This underwater photographer is taking pictures with her juice box camera craft. (Instructions and printables in the set.
DIY Oxygen Tank
The oxygen tank craft was the hit of the week. The kids loved pretending to scuba dive with this simple craft
DIY Foam Flippers
We also made them flippers out of foam seats from the dollar store. The template is included in this dramatic play center set.
Diver Supply Station
This was our diver’s supply station where kids could hang their gear and “fill” their oxygen tank.
More Under the Sea Crafts, Dramatic Play, and Counting Activities
Ocean Art Center
We made all kinds of fun ocean crafts in our art center. These pool noodle fish were perfect for decoration, pretend play and floating around in our sensory bins.
Our sea turtle offered amazing fine motor skills practice for little hands.
Shark Teeth Counting
The kids got to practice counting with shark teeth, and they got some more fine motor practice while they were at it.
Starfish Sensory Rubbings
Our starfish were a great way to learn about texture and patterns. They were perfect for decoration on our ocean wall afterwards.
Puffer Fish Craft
This puffer fish craft was excellent fine motor practice for the kids. We made it from an old toilet paper roll.
Kids love the ID tags that they can wear and switch out as they move from station to station. We had a marine biologist, photographer, fisherman and more.
Under the Sea Restaurant
We love to play shop or restaurant in our dramatic play centers. This was our Under the Sea theme restaurant. You could host it on the submarine or at a table next to the ocean wall.