Whales are not just fascinating because of their immense size; they have remarkable intelligence and social abilities, too! They communicate with each other through songs that can travel for miles underwater!
One of the ways that we communicate is with our name, so let’s dive into a fun craft that combines the wonder of whales with the excitement kids get by being able to spell their own names!
This whale name craft has kids create a paper whale with a personalized touch. To personalize the craft, they’ll add fish, each featuring a unique letter of their name.
For more fun personalized crafts, check out the rest of our name crafts!
Easy Whale Craft
This interactive activity not only ignites children’s creativity but also serves as a fantastic way for them to practice spelling their names and hone their letter recognition skills.
Use our editable pdf to type in your child’s name onto the fish, or leave them blank, and kids can get some handwriting practice by writing in the letters of their name.
So, grab your snorkel and flippers, and get the kids ready to learn more about these awe-inspiring creatures and master spelling the name that is uniquely theirs.
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Whale template (enter your email in the form at the end of the post to get the template)
Download the whale template, edit the template to add your child’s name, print it, and cut out the pieces you need.
Start by gluing the belly to the bottom of the whale’s body.
Glue the eye just below the eyebrow.
Next, glue the fin to the middle of the whale’s body, just above the belly.
Position the whale in the middle of the background piece of paper and glue it in place.
Arrange the fish letters below the whale to spell out the child’s name. Glue them in place.
Finish up by drawing wave lines all along the background piece of paper.
If your kids love making ocean crafts, be sure to check out the other ideas that we have available for them to make!
Ocean Animals Preschool Theme
Dive into an exciting world of ocean animals! Let your little ones explore the wonders of the sea through engaging crafts and educational activities.
From crafting a paper chain octopus to completing interactive jellyfish worksheets, the fun is endless! Keep reading below for some fantastic ideas to make their underwater adventure unforgettable!
Books About Ocean Animals
Reading books to kids is an excellent way to encourage their development in various aspects. It can help develop their language skills, but it also ignites their imagination and fosters a lifelong love for learning.
By engaging with different characters and themes, children are exposed to new perspectives and ideas that they may not have encountered otherwise!
The Snail and the Whale– Julia Donaldson, author of the famous book The Gruffalo, brings kids another fun book about an unlikely set of friends. Snail and Whale have lots of fun together in this colorful book!
Shark Lady– This children’s book is based upon the true story of Eugenie Clark, aka, The Shark Lady. Learn about her love of sharks, her discoveries, and the inspiring message of going after what you want in life.
The Rainbow Fish -This is a classic children’s book with a wonderful message for children. In it, a fish learns to share his favorite possession, his glittery scales, with his friends!
DIY Ocean Crafts
Crafting offers kids a chance to have fun and express their creativity! It enhances fine motor skills, boosts self-expression, and offers opportunities to problem solve. It fosters patience, focus, and a sense of accomplishment as they bring their masterpieces to life.
Encourage your little ocean explorers to craft with some of the ocean animal themed crafts we have listed below!
Paper Chain Octopus – Get ready for a crafty way to make a cute octopus! Let’s make him with paper chain arms that will wiggle and dance! Kids will have a blast with this fun craft, so grab the template, and get to making links!
Shark Tissue Paper Craft – Let’s make “jawsome” art together with this fun tissue paper craft! Kids will scrunch, glue, and create a shark with a toothy grin that’ll make you smile, too. Use our free template so kids will know right where to glue their pieces of tissue paper to make the perfect shark.
Jellyfish Headband Craft – Kids can pretend to go on underwater adventures and make the ocean come alive with their new headbands! There’s a craft version that uses colored paper, or a black and white version kids can color in, so choose what works for you and get crafting!
Killer Whale Paper Bag Puppet Craft – Are you ready for a whale of a time? Let’s make an awesome killer whale craft out of an everyday paper bag! Kids will be able to use their big imaginations and bring these magnificent creatures to life with their new puppets!
Ocean Activities Preschool
Take the plunge into an ocean of fun! Our shark activity pages are packed with exciting puzzles to boost observation and problem solving skills.
Kids can explore the wonders beneath the waves with shark shadow matching, navigating a shark through a maze, and more!
These octopus connect the dots will make a splash with your little artists! After kids complete the illustrations by connecting the dots, they’ll love coloring in each octopus.
These pages are a great way for kids to practice counting, number recognition, and fine motor skills.
With these jellyfish worksheets, kids will practice letter recognition, handwriting, and scissors skills with these magical sea creatures. No prep is needed!
Just print and go for kids to explore more about the parts of a jellyfish, conquer a letter J maze, and perfect handwriting in a jiffy!
Use these captivating ocean animals letter find worksheets as a helpful tool to enhance your child’s letter recognition skills. With a touch of playful learning, watch their eyes light up as they find each letter like a game. Alphabet recognition is a stepping stone to reading and writing success, so let the search begin!
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More Ideas For Kids
- Download the whale template, edit the template to add your child's name, print it, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Start by gluing the belly to the bottom of the whale's body.
- Glue the eye just below the eyebrow.
- Next, glue the fin to the middle of the whale's body, just above the belly.
- Position the whale in the middle of the background piece of paper and glue it in place.
- Arrange the fish letters below the whale to spell out the child's name. Glue them in place.
- Finish up by drawing wave lines all along the background piece of paper.