Printable sea creatures for ocean play dough

Play dough fans rejoice! Kate from Picklebums is joining us today with a fantastic set of printable sea creatures that are perfect for enjoying with some ocean play dough.Fabulous printable sea creatures: great accessories for ocean play dough

Printable sea creatures for ocean play dough

We have four kids – twin girls aged nine, a five year old boy and a two year old boy – and I am always amazed at how much they all love playdough. Playdough is one of those rare activities where all our kids happily play together.

It is such an open-ended activity that it lends itself to intricate creations made by the nine year olds, as well as basic manipulation from the toddler, and everything in between. It allows for lots of cooperative play, negotiation and social skill development, but it is also just as easy to give each child their own lump if they are not ready to play together right now.

We have commercially made playdough accessories coming out our ears which have all been well loved, but the best playdough accessories are always the ones that we make ourselves, the ones that really spark my kids’ imaginations or follow their interests. Cathy first inspired me to make printable playdough accessories when she had the wonderful idea to use our bunny cup cake toppers with playdough. Genius! Since then we have made some printable playdough garden accessories, and after a recent trip to the beach collecting rocks and shells I knew that sea creatures would be my next playdough set.

ocean play dough

My kids waited, not very patiently, for me to finish creating the images and then the girls helped cut them out, laminate them and then cut them out again. Meanwhile the boys and I set about making our favourite microwave playdough – blue of course! Then we all collected some extra bits and pieces – glass pebbles, stones and shells. The rest was up to the kids…

sea creatures ocean play dough

All four kids loved creating under the sea scenes. Elaborate stories were played out, sharks ate fish and a star fish got tangled in an octopus. The playdough became waves, and lagoons, and even a deep sea diver!

sea creatures pictures

Download the sea creatures printable

You can print your own under the sea playdough accessories by downloading the sea creatures printable pdf file. Then just print, cut, laminate (or cover with self adhesive paper), cut again, and play!

under the sea creatures



An early childhood educator and Mum of four, Kate lives on a small property called ‘The Pickle Farm’ in rural Australia. Kate’s blog, picklebums, has articles about gentle parenting, gardening, family food, activities for kids, free printables and anything else that pops up in her crazy life. You can also find Kate on facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

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  1. says

    These are so adorable! I honestly had never thought to use playdough this way! Thank you for opening my eyes to this new way to play and I seriously love your ocean creatures!

    • says

      I had never thought to make printable for play dough until Cathy came up with her genius use of the bunnies! It opens up a whole new world doesn’t it! Enjoy!

  2. says

    What a fabulous idea & printable! This will be great to use in my work as a Speech-Language Pathologist & OMazing Kids Yoga at the JD McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities :)

    • says

      So glad you like it.
      If you have any other ideas for playdough printables, or puppets (that is my other printable obsession) please let me know!

  3. Renee Simpson says

    Thanks Kate for this great activity and for the free under the sea printables. My four year old loved making a sea scene with the play dough and adding all the sea creatures etc. It kept her amused for ages.

  4. Birgit says

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity. I shall also use it with cut-up toilet paper rolls (another idea from Nurturestore :-)) for non-playdoh play with my grandson.

  5. Olena says

    Your printable garden accessories are an absolute hit with us! Thanks you for this one so much! This is what i was looking for!

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