The Ultimate Gift Guide for Kids Who Love the Ocean

With over 225,000 identified species (and millions more not yet discovered!), the ocean is one of the most fascinating places on Earth. It’s a world of the known and unknown, color and darkness, so it’s no surprise that the ocean fascinates kids of all ages!

If your child loves the ocean or marine animals, we’ve got you covered! Take a deep breath and dive right in as we share the 50+ best gifts and toys for every future oceanographer.

From buckets of sea creatures to games, bath toys, and sticker books, we have something for every age group and price point.

The best gifts for kids promote learning, creativity, and imagination, and we have many options for your little one.

For more fun gift ideas for kids of all ages, check out the Themed Gift Guides.

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Gifts for Toddlers

Sea Creature Chunky Peg Puzzle

A sea of bright and cheerful sea creatures await! Chunky shapes for chunky fingers that encourage hand-eye coordination, this peg puzzle is made with high-quality wood and will be a fun addition to any child’s collection.

The 11 easy-to-grasp puzzle pieces are the perfect way to encourage natural curiosity about animals. Full-color pictures underneath each piece offer visual clues for littles.

Even the smallest ocean explorers will enjoy this puzzle.

Buy It: Amazon

Wooden Peg Puzzle, Sea Creature Chunky Baby Puzzles, Colorful Wood Shape Puzzle Peg Board, Animal Knob Puzzle for Educational Toddlers 18 Months and Up, 11 Pieces

Ocean Life Water Reveal

Dive into this deep-sea adventure with your little ones!

Adorable underwater scenes waiting to be uncovered. Use water to reveal the picture in vibrant color, let it dry, and do it all again. No mess, no stress!

Each of the four picture boards has a search-and-find activity and an educational fact for endless fun.

Buy It: Amazon

Ocean Life Water Reveal

The Ocean Touch and Explore

The interactive board book series explores the ocean’s different environments, describes sea creatures and how they adapt to their surroundings, and examines the relationship between humans, marine life, and the environment. 

The pages come to life as young readers touch shiny scales, bumpy barnacles, and even a shark’s sandpapery skin!

Buy It: Amazon or Target

The Ocean (Touch and Explore) (Touch and Explore, 1)

Crawling Crab

Your baby will get hours of fun with this crab-tastic crawling toy!

It scurries like a real crab and even reverses direction as it nears an obstacle. The lights and sounds add to the fun, motivating your little one to chase it. 

Buy It: Amazon

Yeaye Crawling Crab Baby Toy Gifts,Infant Tummy Time Toys, Cute Dancing Walking Moving Babies Sensory Induction Crabs with Light Up Music for 0-6 6-12 1-3 4+ Year Old Boys Girls Toddler (Green)

Learning Resources Under the Sea Counter

The ocean is calling! This 72-piece set of colorful counters includes whales, sharks, sea lions, octopuses, stingrays, and sea turtles!

See how quickly little ones discover all the animals as they mix and match while learning early math skills like counting, sorting, and patterning. 

It comes in a storage bucket and includes an activity guide for six simple games.

Buy It: Amazon or Target

Learning Resources Under The Sea Ocean Counters - 72 Pieces, Ages 3+ Toddler Learning Toys, Counting Toys for Kids, Math Counters for Kids

Buckle Toys Blue Whale

This all-in-one fun, learning, and educational activity toy is a great way to help develop fine motor skills, cognitive abilities, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving. 

Zip open a pocket to store treasures inside and explore six colorful clasps that open and close. An engaging toy that’s easy to take on the go!

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Buckle Toys - Blu Whale - Develop Motor Skills and Problem Solving - Counting and Color Recognition - Easy Travel Toy - Learning Material Pre K Activity Toy

Skip Hop Shark Backpack

Whimsical details and durable materials make this backpack a fin-tastic pack for on-the-go! 

The mesh side pockets adjust to fit your little one’s drink, and the front pouch is ideal for snacks and other small travel necessities. The padded straps are comfy for little ones, and the write-on nametag keeps the backpack from getting lost.

Buy It: Amazon

Skip Hop Toddler Backpack, Zoo Preschool Ages 3-4, Shark

Pretex Shark Plush Toy with Sea Friends

This adorable shark can hold your child’s favorite plushies inside its tummy. It is an excellent travel companion and bedtime buddy!

Includes five cute sea animal friends — an octopus, stingray fish, killer whale, turtle, and crab.

Buy It: Amazon

PREXTEX 15" Shark Plush Toy Stuffed Animal with 5 Small Stuffed Animals Sea Friends for Boys & Girls - Turtle, Whale, Octopus, Stingray & Crab Plush Toys for Kids 3-5

Melissa & Doug Rollables Ocean Slide

Embark on imaginative ocean adventures with this wavy wooden slide into the sea! The three rollable characters are easy for toddlers to grasp, firm enough to roll, and soft enough to squeeze.

Introduce cause and effect and encourage sensory, fine motor, and problem-solving skills.

Buy It: Amazon

Melissa & Doug Rollables Wooden Ocean Slide Toy (5 Pieces) - Ocean Themed , Early Learning Toys For Infants And Toddlers Ages 1+

Little Tikes Splash Beach Water Table

This water table is large enough for multiple kids to swirl, splash, and play together. Attach a hose for a water fountain that shoots over 8 feet high! It has a lighthouse waterfall, a slide tower, and multiple fun accessories.

Folds compactly, making it ideal for small yards or off-season storage.

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Little Tikes Splash Beach Water Table Splash Pad for Kids, Boys, Girls Ages 2+ Years

Manhattan Toy Deep Sea Adventure Activity Center

Send imaginations to great depths with this activity center! It’s packed with motor skill activities for your little one to explore and grow. 

Dive in for fun as you help your child explore ocean-themed activities, including sea creature gliders, springy coral flaps, spinning gears, bead runs, and clacking clams.

Buy It: Amazon or Walmart

Manhattan Toy Deep Sea Adventure Wooden Toddler Activity Center with Clacking Clams, Spinning Gears, Gliders and Bead Runs

Gifts for Preschoolers

Munchkin Fishin Bath Toy

Your little one will fall for this fishing toy hook, line, and sinker. The three bobbing fish float with magnets on top for easy fishing with the magnetic hook as little ones improve their hand-eye coordination. Fun for the bath or the water table!

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Munchkin® Fishin'™ Magnetic Baby and Toddler Bath Toy, 4pc Set

Ocean Animals Preschool Activity Book

Oceanic magic! Discover new ways to learn and play with the help of colorful creatures under the sea. Children will dive into learning with 75+ ocean-themed activities in this colorful book, including word searches, mazes, matching games, coloring activities, and more. 

Perfectly sized for on-the-go entertainment.

Buy It: Amazon or Target

Ocean Animals Preschool Activity Book: 75 Games to Learn Letters, Numbers, Colors, and Shapes (school skills activity books)

Green Toys Submarine

Now that your kiddo has developed a love for the environment and the ocean, support their passion with a toy made using 100% earth-friendly materials, like plastic milk jugs! 

This submarine has a handle, a wide mouth opening for scooping and pouring, and a spinning propeller for endless fun in the water. Plus, like all Green Toys, it’s easy to clean in the dishwasher – a necessity for bath toys!

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Green Toys Submarine in Yellow & blue - BPA Free, Phthalate Free, Bath Toy with Spinning Rear Propeller. Safe Toys for Toddlers, Babies

First Sticker Art: In the Ocean

This magical sticker art book is perfect for all kids drawn to the ocean, with 20 fun paint-by-sticker activities that let little ones build their numbers and shapes skills while having a blast. Find giant, colorful stickers perfect for little hands to create a penguin, octopus, crab, turtle, sea horse, and so much more! 

An excellent choice for long car trips, flights, or times when you’re stuck at home looking for an easy, no-mess arts and crafts project.

Buy It: Amazon or Target

First Sticker Art: In the Ocean: Color By Stickers for Kids, Make 20 Pictures! (Independent and Easy Animal Activity Book for Ages 3+)

LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Dolphin and Turtle Set

With LEGO Creator sets, little builders can make not just one but THREE fun creations! With this set, choose between three duos – a dolphin and turtle, a seahorse and sea snail, or a fish and a crab. 

All three toys come with stands for kids to display in their bedrooms after playtime.

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LEGO Creator 3in1 Dolphin and Turtle to Seahorse 31128 Toys for Kids 6 Plus Years Old, Toy Sea Animal Figures Building Set

Melissa & Doug Magnetic Fishing Puzzle

This puzzle is the ultimate catch-and-release game! Use the magnetic pole to catch the ten colorful sea creatures, then release them back to the sea by placing the wooden puzzle pieces in the space they belong.

A great way to develop hand-eye coordination and matching skills.

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Melissa & Doug Magnetic Wooden Fishing Game and Puzzle With Wooden Ocean Animal Magnets - Magnetic Fishing Game, Ocean Animals Chunky Puzzle For Toddlers And Kids Ages 3+

Manhattan Toy 12” Octopus

Brave the waves with this adorable octopus plush toy! This sealife chum is made for comfort and play, featuring lifelike arms with a curly fabric underneath that mimics the texture of tentacles.

Give it a squeeze, snuggle up to its soft plush fur, or dive into their world of pretend play.

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Manhattan Toy Navy Blue Octopus 12" Ocean Sea Life Stuffed Animal Toy

National Geographic Kids First Big Book of the Ocean

Immerse your child in the vast world of underwater animals! This Big Book of the Ocean is filled with fun facts about the ocean’s high-interest animals, such as dolphins, sharks, sea otters, and penguins. 

With over 100 adorable photos and simple text, it will quickly become a favorite at storytime, bedtime, and any other time.

Buy It: Amazon or Target

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)

Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Little Ocean Pets

Set off on a wild adventure with a shark, octopus, whale, and clownfish. Little ones can color and customize their ocean pet figurines and then wash them, starting the process all over again. 

Have a blast decorating and caring for these cute animals while enabling kiddos to gain confidence in their drawing skills.

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Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets Blue Lagoon Playset, Pet Toys For Girls & Boys, Gifts For Kids Ages 3+

Petit Collage Ocean Life Floor Puzzle

This floor puzzle is bold and colorful, and once complete, it has plenty of fun creatures to spot! The 24 puzzle pieces are big and sturdy, perfect for little hands. 

Made with recycled paper printed with non-toxic, environmentally friendly ink, this puzzle is not only good for kids – it’s good for the planet too.

Buy It: Amazon

Petit Collage Floor Puzzle, Ocean Life Friends, 24-Pieces – Large Puzzle for Kids, Completed Ocean Jigsaw Puzzle Measures 18” x 24” – Makes a Great Gift Idea for Ages 3+

Creativity for Kids Sensory Bin: Ocean and Sand

Let the ocean come to you with this self-contained play bin that offers the ultimate sensory experience! Scoop, sort, dig and build with easy clean-up and endless hands-on play.

Includes 2 lbs of soft play sand, ocean animal toys, water beads, and various sensory tools, all conveniently packed in a bin with a lid for easy storage. 

Entertain your preschooler as they explore their sense of touch, building fine motor skills and promoting cognitive development.

Buy It: Amazon or Target

Creativity for Kids Sensory Bin: Ocean and Sand - Fine Motor and Sensory Toys for Kids

Boley Great Sea Creatures

See the world’s most awe-inspiring sea creatures like never before! 

This set of eight includes a variety of sharks and whales, plus a dolphin, each with realistic details and lifelike colors. They are made of soft plastic to withstand rough play, and each creature’s name is printed on the bottom, so your kiddo can become an enthusiast in no time!

Buy It: Amazon

Boley Great Sea Creatures - 8 Pack 7-10" Long Soft Plastic Ocean Animals Toy Set - Shark, Whale, and Dolphin Animal Figurines - Sea Creature Toddler Sensory Toys and Party Favors for Kids

MagnaTiles Arctic Animals

Introduce your child to the arctic world with this new collection of Magna-Tiles. Each set includes first-of-their-kind movable magnetic animals: a penguin, whale, seal, and a mama + baby polar bear. 

Kids will love using their creativity to build a habitat for the arctic creatures, then engage in imaginative play with the animals, all while developing STEM concepts.

Buy It: Amazon or Target

Magna Tiles® Arctic Animals 25 Piece Set

Melissa & Doug Giant Shark

Duh-Dun, Duh-Dun, Duh-Dunnn!

Discover the wonders of the ocean with this giant plush shark from Melissa & Doug. The realistic-looking plush measures 3 feet long, with beautiful markings and realistic details. 

Kids can snuggle their shark during story time, engage in pretend play, and even read a story to their fuzzy friend.

Buy It: Amazon

Melissa & Doug Giant Shark - Lifelike Stuffed Animal (over 3 feet long)

Matchbox Marine Rescue Shark Ship

The shark is on the loose! And only your little one can save the day with this rescue set. Not only does the ship float, but it also rolls on land, so nothing stops kids from rescuing the cars from the car-chomping shark. 

The set includes a crane arm, a chomping shark, a helicopter, and two water-safe cars.

Buy It: Target

Wonder & Wise Submarine Playhouse Tent

This play tent is perfect for the little ones who love to see the world beneath the sea! Kids will love the front mesh windows, the roll-up entrance, and the plush propeller. And who can resist a working periscope? 

Don’t be surprised if your little one doesn’t want to return to land once aboard their submarine!

Buy It: Target

Gifts for Kids

Shark Attack! Mad Libs

If your kiddo loves sharks and enjoys laughing, they’ll love to sink their teeth into these Mad Libs! Write in the missing words and watch your imagination come alive as you build 21 silly tales about the ocean’s most feared creatures. 

Play alone or in a group. Play at home, or take in on the road.

Buy It: Amazon or Walmart

Shark Attack! Mad Libs: World's Greatest Word Game

Water Bottle Ocean Stickers

Add adventure to your life with these trendy water bottle stickers, perfect for any kid who loves the ocean or sea creatures!

Great for adding a personal touch to any smooth surface – think gaming systems, tablets, notebooks, laptops, water bottles, and more.

Buy It: Amazon

Ocean Stickers for Water Bottles, Cute Stickers for Laptop Phone Skateboard Luggage Helmet Guitar Bike Car, Cool and Trendy Waterproof Vinyl Decal for Teen and Girls (Marine Life)

Sticker by Letter: Ocean Fun

Keep their brains engaged while creating cool art with this sticker activity book! 

Each ocean-themed image is divided into spaces that correspond to a specific letter. Find the sticker with the corresponding letter, peel it, and place it in the right spot. Watch as a colorful image emerges from the original unfinished illustration.

Buy It: Amazon or Target

Brain Games - Sticker by Letter: Ocean Fun (Sticker Puzzles - Kids Activity Book)

Perler Beads Ocean Buddies

Bring imagination into your home and create one-of-a-kind ocean animals!

This easy kid’s craft has three unique pegboard shapes: an octopus, a fish, and a dolphin. Place the beads on the pegboards, then use a household iron to fuse the beads and complete your craft!

Buy It: Amazon or Walmart

Perler Beads Ocean Buddies Ocean Bead Activity Crafts for Kids, 2400 pcs

Terra by Battat Tropical Fish World

A fun and educational toy for your budding marine biologist, these miniature sea animals are the perfect addition to your child’s collection! Their size makes them a fun addition to the bath, sensory table, or water table. And when playtime is over, all 60 creatures fit inside the included tub.

Buy It: Amazon

Terra by Battat – Tropical Fish World – Assorted Miniature Sea Animals, Toys for Toddlers 3 & Up (60 Pc), Multicolor

Lego Creator 3-in-1 Deep Sea Creatures

Uncover the secrets of the deep blue sea with this LEGO Creator shark playset! Build three unique creations with this set – a shark, an octopus, and an angler fish – for triple the fun!

Buy It: Amazon or Target

LEGO Creator 3in1 Deep Sea Creatures 31088 Shark, Crab, Squid or Angler Fish Sea Animal Toys, Figures Set, Gifts for 7 Plus Year Old Girls and Boys

Guess in 10 Underwater Animals

Is the animal a mammal? Does it have a shell? Ask up to ten questions to guess the underwater animal in this fun family game. 

You’ll have fun learning about the ocean and sea creatures, including their habitats, what they eat, and how they survive. Play in teams or go head-to-head.

Buy It: Amazon

Skillmatics Card Game - Guess in 10 Underwater Animals, Gifts for 8 Year Olds and Up, Quick Game of Smart Questions, Fun Family Game

National Geographic Kids Ultimate Oceanpedia

From tsunamis to sea turtles, learn about our oceans’ creatures, science, and ecology! This book travels through all parts of the ocean and explains how it affects our world through photos, illustrations, and diagrams. It includes a mini ocean atlas and, of course, kids’ favorite weird-but-true facts. 

A complete ocean reference book for your future oceanographer!

Buy It: Amazon or Target

Ultimate Oceanpedia: The Most Complete Ocean Reference Ever (National Geographic Kids)

Mudpuppy Ocean Life Search and Find Puzzle

The search-and-find puzzle is the perfect challenge for kids who love the ocean and its exotic animals. Kids put the 64-piece puzzle together, then find the 40 hidden sea creatures and marine life for double the fun.

Kids will love the colorful artwork of the diverse sea creatures – it makes an excellent gift for a child who loves the ocean!

Buy It: Amazon or Walmart

Ocean Life Search & Find Puzzle

Shark Lady by Jess Keating

Shark Lady is the story of Eugenie Clark, a pioneering ocean scientist. She started studying sharks when women didn’t think women should be scientists. After earning several college degrees and making numerous discoveries, she earned the nickname “Shark Lady.” 

An inspiring story that includes a timeline of Eugenie’s life, complete with shark facts!

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Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist (Women in Science Books, Marine Biology for Kids, Shark Gifts)

National Geographic Kids Ocean Animal Dig Kit

Excavate a sea creature figure from each seashell and identify the creatures inside with the full-color learning guide. This activity set includes facts about the six ocean animals hidden inside the 12 seashells and encourages an interest in scientific discovery through hands-on learning.

Buy It: Amazon

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Ocean Animal Dig Kit – 12 Seashell Shaped Dig Bricks with Sea Creature Figure Inside, Party Activity with 12 Excavation Sets, Stem Toy For Boys & Girls Or Fun Party Favors

National Geographic Kids Coral Reef Figure Set

Think of this tub as an underwater adventure in a box for your future marine biologist! This 42-piece set includes various ocean creatures, including clownfish, parrotfish, moray eel, manta ray, starfish, and more, that fit inside the container when playtime is over.

Buy It: Amazon

Just Play National Geographic Kids Tub of Realistic Sea Animal Toy Figures for Kids, QR Code to Shark, Turtle, Jellyfish Facts, Recycled Material Packaging, Storage Container, Amazon Exclusive

Kiwi Co Environmental Science: Oil Cleanup

Learn how oil spills affect the ocean and sea life and how to clean them up with this hands-on learning kit!

Your future environmental scientist will follow step-by-step instructions to learn different cleanup techniques, including scooping the oil and trapping it in a floating broom. Plus, the critters need a cleanup too!

Buy It: Kiwi Co

KiwiCo Environmental Science: Oil Cleanup Project Kit

Silver Lilly Animal Tail Blanket

A jaw-some gift idea for any shark-loving kid! Once they are tucked inside, they will look like they are escaping the jaws of a shark. Your little one will feel ferocious while lounging around in the coziest fleece.

Buy It: Amazon

Silver Lilly Animal Tail Blanket - Plush Animal Sleeping Bag Blanket for Kids (Gray Shark)

Ocean Bingo

Who doesn’t love to play bingo? This family-friendly game is packed with ocean creatures for hours of bingo fun.

You’ll meet 64 weird, wonderful, and beautiful species that call the ocean home. Mark off each one as it’s called, and be the first to shout BINGO!

Buy It: Amazon

Ocean Bingo

Plus Plus Ocean Playset

Create an underwater world with this 70-piece ocean set. Plus-Plus bricks are one shape with endless building possibilities – create flat mosaics or 3D builds of your favorite ocean creatures. 

This bundle includes a shark, dolphin, jellyfish, sea turtle, and clownfish.

Buy It: Amazon

PLUS PLUS - Ocean 5 Piece Playset Bundle, 70 pc Tubes - Construction Building Stem / Steam Toy, Interlocking Mini Puzzle Blocks for Kids

Sea Creature Mini Waffle Maker

Make 3D ocean animal-shaped waffles using the Sea Creature Mini Waffle Maker. This fun electric pancake maker features a variety of sea friends that will brighten up your mornings and add to breakfast fun!

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Sea Creature Mini Waffle Maker- Create 7 Different Ocean Animal Shapes in Minutes, Make Breakfast Fun and Cool for Kids & Adults w/ Novelty Aquatic Pancakes - Electric Non-Stick Waffler Iron, Fun Gift

Kids’ Waterproof Camera

This waterproof camera toy is perfect for your kids to learn about photography. With the waterproof case installed, they can take pictures up to 98 meters underwater! They can also try their hands at different functions, including applying various filters and frames and playing games.

Buy It: Amazon

Agoigo Kids Waterproof Camera Toys for 3-12 Year Old Boys Girls Christmas Birthday Gifts Kids Underwater Sports Camera HD Children Digital Action Camera 2 Inch Screen with 32GB Card (Blue)

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Kids Who Love the Ocean

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