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“Under the sea, under the sea, darling it’s better, down where it’s wetter, take it from me!” Let’s go under the sea with this underwater ocean art for preschoolers. Using just paint and salt create an awesome painting effect and learn a little about the great oceans.

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What you need:

  • Paper
  • Paint brushes
  • Watercolor
  • Salt

How to make ocean art for preschoolers:

Paint the Background.

First, talk about the colors they see when they look at the ocean. Pull out the cool colors: blue, purple, and green and talk about how we can see all those colors in the water.

Then, encourage them to paint the entire page with the colors. The paint needs to be fairly wet so encourage them to use plenty of water.

toddler painting ocean art for preschoolers
toddler adding salt to ocean art for preschoolers

Add the salt.

After they have filled the whole page with color, talk about how oceans are salt water and tell them you will now add salt to the paint. The paint needs to be wet for the salt application to work.

Sprinkle salt across the paper. You can use table salt, kosher salt, or Epsom salt.

Dry and finish.

After the paint has completely dried, brush the salt off the paper. It will leave behind dimples in the paint, creating a neat affect for the background of the ocean.

This project is a great process art activity for toddlers that can also be built on if desired. For example, rainbow fish or coral can also be added to the ocean. See these project plans for more fun inspiration.

ocean art for preschoolers

Find more fun ocean themed preschool activities in our Under the Sea activity plans!

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