Ocean Books and Crafts


Studying the ocean? Here is an activity perfect for adding a creative element to your ocean unit. Create an ocean scene with tissue, waxed paper and water colors.


  • 2 sheets of waxed paper
  • Colored tissue cut into shapes for stars, ocean animals
  • Blue water color paint
  • Construction paper strips
  • Hole Punch and Yarn to Hang
  • Iron
  • Dishcloth (rag)


  • Cut two pieces of waxed paper.
  • Lay one piece on flat surface and paint with blue water color.
  • Lay your tissue pieces onto the waxed paper.
  • Lay the second piece of waxed paper on top.
  • Dab excess water with a paper towel. Let dry.
  • (Adult step) Put iron on low heat and lay dish towel on top of waxed paper. Iron until sheets of waxed paper stick together.
  • Fold a strip of construction paper lengthwise and staple the strip on the top and bottom to form a frame.
  • Punch two holes in the top strip and tie a piece of ribbon or yarn through the holes so you can hang your project.

Tips and Suggestions

  • Have cut pieces of tissue ready to place on the water colors.
  • Use a stencil to make the tissue shapes.