Dive into the depths of creativity with our printable Ocean Animals craft! Split pins or brads add a fun element of mobility. Perfect for kids of all ages, this ocean-themed craft allows young ocean enthusiasts to bring their favorite marine creatures to life through coloring and assembly. Add this project to ocean activities in the classroom, camps, libraries, or screen-free time at home.


Printable Ocean Animals Craft Set Up

So, what are you waiting for? Let your creativity soar and dive into the fascinating world of ocean animals with our Split Pin Craft. Download your templates today and get ready to make a splash!

What You’ll Need:

Note: This ocean animal craft can also be assembled without the brads (no movement) by gluing pieces to a background!

  • Printable Ocean Animal Templates
  • Coloring utensils (markers, crayons, colored pencils)
  • Scissors
  • Split pins (brads)
  • Cardstock or thick paper for printing (optional, for sturdier animals)


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    How to Make It:

    1. Print the Templates: Download and print the Ocean Animal Split Pin templates. If you want your animals to be more durable, consider printing them on cardstock or thick paper.
    2. Color Your Creatures: Let your imagination run wild as you color your ocean animals! From vibrant tropical fish to majestic sea turtles, each template offers endless possibilities for creativity. Experiment with different color combinations and patterns to make your ocean creatures truly unique.
    3. Cut Out the Animals: Carefully cut out each of the colored animal templates along the solid lines.
    4. Punch Holes and Insert Split Pins: Once your animals are cut out, use a small hole punch or object to create small holes where indicated by an “X” on each template. Then, insert a split pin (brad) through the holes and secure it by spreading the metal prongs on the back.
    5. Bring Them to Life: Now comes the fun part – bring your ocean animals to life by moving their heads, fins, or tails! Simply rotate the split pins to make your creatures swim, dive, or glide through the imaginary ocean depths.

    Make sure to look through all of our unique ocean activities here! Add this printable ocean animals activity to our Ocean Camp Week!

    Why We Love It:

    • Encourages Creativity: This craft sparks imagination and allows kids to express themselves through color and design.
    • Educational: Learn about different ocean animals and their habitats while having fun. Grab the activity pack below for more sea creature information to pair with this activity!
    • Fine Motor Skills: Cutting, punching holes, and assembling the split pins help develop fine motor skills.
    • Interactive Play: The movable parts of the animals make them perfect for imaginative play and storytelling.

    Free Ocean Animals Coloring Pages and Activity Guide

    Keep the fun going and learn more about sea creatures with our free ocean activity guide pack.

    What Is The World’s Largest Sea Creature?

    Here’s a quick list of the world’s top 10 largest sea creatures!

    1. Blue Whale: Earth’s largest animal, growing up to 100 feet (30 meters) long and weighing 200 tons.
    2. Giant Squid: The largest invertebrate, reaching lengths of up to 43 feet (13 meters).
    3. Whale Shark: The largest fish, up to 40 feet (12 meters) long and weighing 20 tons.
    4. Sperm Whale: The sperm whale is Earth’s largest predator, up to 60 feet (18 meters) long and weighing 50 tons.
    5. Basking Shark: Second largest fish, reaching lengths of 40 feet (12 meters) and weighing 7 tons.
    6. Great White Shark: Apex predator, growing up to 20 feet (6 meters) long and weighing over 2 tons.
    7. Giant Manta Ray: This is the largest ray species, with wingspans up to 29 feet (8.8 meters) and weighing 5,300 pounds (2,400 kilograms).
    8. Fin Whale: Second largest whale, reaching lengths of 85 feet (26 meters) and weighing 80 tons.
    9. Greenland Shark: Deep-sea dweller, growing up to 24 feet (7.3 meters) in length and weighing over 2 tons.
    10. Saltwater Crocodile: Largest living reptile, up to 23 feet (7 meters) long and weighing over 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms).

    These large sea creatures showcase the incredible diversity and majesty of life in our oceans, highlighting the importance of marine conservation efforts.

    More Ocean Animal Activities to Try

    You can find more ocean crafts here, including…

    Printable Ocean STEM Project Pack

    Perfect for kids in Kindergarten through Upper Elementary School! Grab this Ocean printable project pack and read the reviews!

    • 10+ Ocean theme science activities with journal pages, supply lists, set up and process, and science information. Easy to set up, fun, and fit into your available time, even if it’s limited!
    • 10+ Printable Ocean STEM challenges that are simple but engaging for home or classroom. 
    • Engaging Ocean theme activities include a tide pool pack, oil spill pack, marine food chain pack, and more!
    • Ocean Theme STEM Story and challenges perfect for going on a STEM adventure in the classroom!
    • Learn about Jacques Cousteau with a workbook activity
    • Explore the ocean layers and create an ocean layer jar!
    • Ocean Extras include I-Spy pages, bingo games, coloring sheets, and more for early finishers!
    • BONUS: Ocean Science Camp Week Pullout (note some duplicate activities but organized for convenience)
    • BONUS: Ocean STEM Challenge Calendar Pullout  (note some duplicate activities but organized for convenience)