Are you teaching kids about the ocean? If so, these ocean poems for kids will be a great addition to their poetry notebooks. 

At the end of the post, you will also find fun Ocean Facts for Kids. 

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From the coral reefs to the kelp forests, ocean volcanoes, and mysterious creatures, the ocean has a lot going on!

This makes it the perfect subject when you are wanting children to learn about the wide and diverse planet we live on!

The ocean blue is also a perfect topic if you are wanting to instill a respect for marine life, sea creatures, and healthy oceans in your students or children.

Sea, Turtle, Diving, Animal, Turtle Shell, Reptile

Free Poetry Notebook for Kids

Get your kids excited for reading with a fun poetry notebook.

Creating a notebook of poems is easy, takes almost no prep time, and is a powerful learning tool!


Ocean Poems for Kids

Reading and writing informational text is beneficial for discovering new tidbits about the ocean and its deep darkness.

Ocean poems for kids, however, also adds more fun and creativity to the ocean facts

If you are needing a poetry resource or collection of poems for an ocean unit or a unit about ocean animals, read on below!

Looking for a collection of ocean poems or poems about sea turtles and other ocean animals? We have plenty here for you to utilize!

Take Me Out to the Ocean

(New addition written by Little Learning Corner)

Take me out to the ocean,

take me out to the sea.

There goes a dolphin and a starfish,

now, I can’t even count all these fish!

So, let’s swim, swim, swim


Try not to wake all the sharks!

For the ocean is

so pretty and cool.

Can we please stay till dark?

Get this poem HERE or on TPT 

Five Ocean Friends

By Flannel Board Fun

5 little ocean friends

swimming near the ocean floor.

The yellow fish swam away, and that left four.

Four little ocean friends,

together in the sea.

The tuna fish splashed away, and that left three.


After reading the poems, it’s a good idea to revisit them frequently. 

Educational programs, and teachers like myself, suggest building fluency and language through familiarity, rhymes, and poems. 

The familiarity will build confidence in reading, and naturally encourage more learning. 

The ocean poems for kids are also a great way to practice sight words.  

Ten Little Sea Turtles

By Little Learning Corner

One little, two little,

three little sea turtles.

Four little, five little, 

six little sea turtles.

Seven little, eight little,

nine little sea turtles.

Ten little sea turtles,

swimming in the ocean. 

ocean poem for kids ten little sea turtles
Get this poem HERE or on TPT

Scary Shark

Author Unknown

(tune of I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a scary shark, just look at me.

I can be found swimming in the sea.

I like to eat fish, and some sea otters.

I’m not picky when it comes to my meals.

If I break a tooth, it will grow right back.

So, I don’t worry about, what I have for a snack!

I’m a scary shark, just look at me.

I can be found swimming in the sea.

I’m a Little Dolphin

I’m a little dolphin

splashing in the sea.

I jump through the waves,

and eat little fish.

When I am happy,

I will click and squeal.

Come swim with me

in the waves of the ocean. 

ocean poems for kids I'm a little dolphin printable poem
Get this poem HERE or on TPT

Sea Animals

By: Meish Goldish

What do you see in the sea?

Animals moving free!

Snails and blue whales

using their tails.

Seals and gulper eels

searching for their meals.

Catfish, flatfish

chasing fat fish.

Bass and wrasse

swimming in mass.

Hagfish, hogfish

trailing dogfish.

What do you see in the deep blue sea?

Animals moving free!

Three Big Blue Whales

(author unknown)

Three big blue whales swimming in the ocean.

One swam away and then there were two.

Two big blue whales swimming in the ocean.

One swam away and then there was one.

One big blue whale swimming in the ocean,

He swam away and then there were none,  

One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Once I Caught A Fish Alive

 One, two, three, four, five,

Once I caught a fish alive.

Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,

Then I let it go again. 

Why did you let it go?

Because it bit my finger so.

Which finger did it bite?

This little finger on the right.

Get this poem HERE or on TPT

Old McDonald Had an Ocean

Found on The Kindergarten Smorgasboard

Old McDonald had an ocean,


And in his ocean he had a shark!


With a chomp chomp here,

and a chomp chomp there.

Here a chomp, there a chomp,

everywhere a chomp chomp.

Old McDonald had an ocean,


I’m a Little Lobster

I’m a little lobster

Hard and red.

I have a tail.

My name is Fred,

When I go out to sea,

I rest my head

On the sand and coral bed. 

Sand Castle

By: Lynnette Streeter

At the beach I built a castle.

I made it of wet sand

that I scooped up with my shovel

and patted smooth by hand.

I made a wall around it

and a pretty seashell door,

but I watched my castle tumble

when the ocean rushed ashore!

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I Like the Ocean

(author unknown)

I like the ocean, I like the sea.

I like the water splashing on me!

Ocean Animals

By: Helen H. Moore

Under the waves,

down deep in the sea,

live animals different

from you and from me.

Manatees, walruses,

dolphins and seals,

starfishes, sea urchins,

lobsters and eels!

They live in the water,

they don’t live on land.

Some swim and some float

and some crawl on the sand.

ocean poems for kids

How Wonderful Oceans Can Be!

By: Madeleine

Oh, the oceans, how wonderful they can be!

A deep world full of mysteries, so let’s go on and see.

Two thirds of our Earth is covered by seawater,

Full of creatures, some larger some smaller.

Artic, Southern, Indian, Atlantic and Pacific,

The oceans that surround our countries, are so terrific!

They help to keep the climate steady,

And to keep them healthy we must all be at the ready.

Unfortunately, the ocean is full of the wrong stuff,

Full of litter, because people don’t care enough.

People don’t get how wonderful the ocean could be,

If only they understood, it needs to be litter-free.

The ocean is a place like no other,

Full of creatures who interact with one another.

They live and create a miraculous place,

That we as humans should appreciate!

Oh, the oceans, how wonderful they can be!

A world full of mysteries, deep under the sea,

There, now you have it, I’ve presented my case,

The oceans truly are a wonderful place!

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