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Bubble Print Ocean Layers

When I shared our Ocean Unit I mentioned that National Geographic Kids Oceans was one of our favorite books. There is one page in particular that Big Buddy loves - he'll study it for several minutes at a time.

national geographic kids oceans, pages 58-59

Since he's so captivated by the picture we've read the text several times and decided it would be fun to create our own ocean layers...

Our supplies: blue, black, and white paint, small bowls, stir sticks, bubble wrap, sponge brushes, white paper/foam board, sea life stencils, markers, stickers. 

Step 1: pour a little blue paint into the three bowls. 

Step 2: add a bit of white paint to one cup to create a lighter shade of blue. This will be the top ocean layer/sunlight zone.

Step 3: add a bit of black paint to one cup to create a darker shade of blue. This will be the bottom ocean layer/midnight zone. The remaining cup of blue paint is the middle layer/twilight zone.

 Step 4: paint bubble wrap with the three different shades of blue. Painting the lightest shade on top and the darkest on the bottom.

 Step 5: flip bubble wrap on to white paper/foam board and press down.

Step 6: let paint dry completely.

Step 7: decorate paper/foam board using markers, sea life stencils, and stickers. While reading the book we talked a lot about what animals live in what layers. We didn't focus on this too much during the craft but instead I let the boys follow their on creative ideas.

the stickers were a great fine motor activity for mini

big buddy's picture

mini man's picture

My favorite part of this craft was the stories the boys made up about their pictures

big buddy: "these fish don't see the shark because he's camouflaged, they
are swimming right into his mouth! this fish sees him and is swimming
away super fast!

mini man: "that's a baby fish and that's a daddy fish - they love each other
so they are kissing." 

Looking for more ocean learning ideas, please check our our ocean unit. You can also find lots more units and crafts on our homeschool page. 


  1. Isn't is fun watching them be creative? I love hearing the cute stories that go along with kids artwork!

  2. What a wonderful craft! I love the stencil and sticker layering included in it.

    Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I have just started a Facebook page for Read.Explore.Learn and will be featuring this post on it this week. Here is how to get to the Facbook page

  3. I love this!! We're doing an ocean unit right now, and I think I'll borrow this art project idea :).


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