Interactive Activities

Learn more about the Puget Sound's resident orca pod with our interactive orca family tree.

Activity sheets

Fun, printable worksheets to practice STEM skills and learn about the marine environment.

Do a maze and learn about warmer/cooler spots in the ocean

Do some math and learn about fur seal tagging

Learn about bird beaks, watch a video and test your knowledge about prey

Learn about giant Pacific octopuses and make one out of paper

Learn about octopus species around the world

Learn about the marine food web

Learn about rockfish and make one out of paper

Learn about sea urchins and make one out of clay

Make a Cartesian diver and learn about density

Make a crab

Search for hidden litter and learn about tide pools

Seaweed search at home

Dive deep into your garbage


Coloring sheets

Printable, black-and-white coloring sheets with interesting facts.

Animal trainer coloring sheet

Barnacle coloring sheet

Black oystercatcher coloring sheet

Clam coloring sheet 1

Clam coloring sheet 2

Clownfish coloring sheet

Dungeness crab coloring sheet

Earth action week coloring sheet

Fur seal coloring sheet 1

Fur seal coloring sheet 2

Giant Pacific octopus coloring sheet

Halibut coloring sheet

Harbor seal coloring sheet 1

Harbor seal coloring sheet 2

Hermit crab coloring sheet 1

Hermit crab coloring sheet 2

Marine animal mélange coloring sheet

Moon jelly coloring sheet

Octopus coloring sheet

Orca coloring sheet 1

Orca coloring sheet 2

Pufferfish coloring sheet

River otter coloring sheet

Rockfish coloring sheet

Salmon life cycle coloring sheet

Sand dollar coloring sheet

Scuba diver coloring sheet

Sea anemone coloring sheet

Sea cucumber coloring sheet

Sea otter coloring sheet

Sea otters coloring sheet

Sea star coloring sheet 1

Sea star coloring sheet 2

Sea urchin coloring sheet

Shark coloring sheet

Tufted puffin coloring sheet

Wolf eel coloring sheet



Learn about animal anatomy, conservation issues, scientific basics and more with easy-to-understand illustrations and photos.

Blacktip reef shark


Coral anatomy

Coral before and after bleaching

Marine animal food pyramid

pH chart

Plankton guide

Salmon life cycle

Scuba diver gear: warm water vs. cold water

Sea otter food consumption needs

Wolf eel anatomy


Is It, Isn't It Activities and Cheat Sheets

Ever wondered how to tell similar animals apart, or how to define certain types of animals? Many of these informative sheets also offer quizzes to test your knowledge.

Baleen or toothed whale?

Crawling vs. walking seal cheat sheet

Crawling vs. walking seal activity sheet

Crustacean cheat sheet

Learn about crustaceans and test your knowledge

Echinoderm cheat sheet

Learn about echinoderms and test your knowledge

Eel cheat sheet

Learn about jellyfish and test your knowledge

Learn about marine debris and test your knowledge

Is it or isn't it marine debris?

Marine mammal cheat sheet

Learn about marine mammals and test your knowledge

Learn about how to protect ocean health and draw a picture with your idea

Octopus relative cheat sheet

Learn about octopus relatives and test your knowledge

Otters cheat sheet

River Otter or sea otter?

Salmon cheat sheet

Sculpin cheat sheet

Test your math skills and learn about the sea otter census

Learn about tropical fish and test your knowledge


Download Wallpaper

Show your love for the ocean and make a splash with our marine-themed wallpapers, sized for a variety of devices.

Curlew (small laptop, 1024x768)

Curlew (standard, 1280x1024)

Curlew (widescreen, 1440x900)

Curlew (full HD widescreen, 1920x1080)

Oystercatcher (small laptop, 1024x768)

Oystercatcher (standard, 1280x1024)

Oystercatcher (widescreen, 1440x900)

Oystercatcher (full HD widescreen, 1920x1080)

Puffin (small laptop, 1024x768)

Puffin (standard, 1280x1024)

Puffin (widescreen, 1440x900)

Puffin (full HD widescreen, 1920x1080)

Hermit crab (small laptop, 1024x768)

Hermit crab (standard, 1280x1024)

Hermit crab (widescreen, 1440x900)

Hermit crab (full HD widescreen, 1920x1080)

Sculpin (small laptop, 1024x768)

Sculpin (standard, 1280x1024)

Sculpin (widescreen, 1440x900)

Sculpin (full HD widescreen, 1920x1080)

Sea cucumber (small laptop, 1024x768)

Sea cucumber (standard, 1280x1024)

Sea cucumber (widescreen, 1440x900)

Sea cucumber (full HD widescreen, 1920x1080)

Sea urchin(small laptop, 1024x768)

Sea urchin (standard, 1280x1024)

Sea urchin (widescreen, 1440x900)

Sea urchin (full HD widescreen, 1920x1080)

Lesson plans

Age and grade guidelines below are recommendations. Many of these activities may be easily adapted for kids at any level. Watch this space for more activities in the coming weeks!

Grade 2 and up (ages 7+)
Web of Life

Grade 3 and up (ages 8+)
Counting Sea Stars

Grade 4 and up (ages 9+)
Build a Shell

Shell Dissolving

Grade 9 and up (ages 14+)
Whale Food Pyramid

Sinking Slowly (easily adapted for younger learners)

Phytoplankton Biomass

If you have requests for activities or topics, contact us


Word search and codebreakers

Search for marine-themed words and practice math skills with these fun activities, great for elementary-school-aged kids.

Word search and codebreaker 1

Word search and codebreaker 2

Word search and codebreaker 3

Word search and codebreaker 4


Spot the differences

Compare two marine-themed illustrations and see if you can find the differences (answers at bottom). A fun activity for all ages.

Spot the differences 1

Spot the differences 2

Spot the differences 3

Spot the differences 4

Spot the differences 5


Story time

Join us for marine-themed story time! 

Short Stories


Check out the story, Underwater Music, published by Cricket magazine (for kids ages 9–14), written by Seattle Aquarium Ocean Policy Manager Nora Nickum and illustrated by Agnes Loonstra. You’ll learn about the different calls of the endangered orca pods, what you can do to help the orcas, and where to go to hear live sounds from the hydrophones!

Underwater Music, published by Cricket magazine


Check out the story, Hugo and the Seal, published by Cricket magazine (for kids ages 9–14), in which a boy finds a seal pup at the beach and helps to protect it until its mother returns. This story was written by Seattle Aquarium Ocean Policy Manager Nora Nickum and illustrated by Becca Santo.

Hugo and the Seal story title.


Narrated Stories


Read aloud: Catastrophe by the Sea by Brenda Peterson 



Read aloud: Puffin Peter by Petr Horcek



Read aloud: Wish for a Fish: All About Sea Creatures by Bonnie Worth



Read aloud: Lootas Little Wave Eater by Clare Meeker



Read aloud: Octavia and Her Purple Ink Cloud by Donna Rathmell and Doreen Rathmell and illustrated by Connie McLennan. 



Read aloud: The Pout-Pout Fish Cleans Up the Ocean by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Dan Hanna.



Read aloud: A Little Otter's Busy, Complete Day by Roberta Brooks and illustrated by Lindsay Holladay Van Damme.



Flip through: A Little Otter's Busy, Complete Day by Roberta Brooks and illustrated by Lindsay Holladay Van Damme below.


Read aloud: The Salmon Twins by Caroll Simpson



Other games

A fun assortment of marine-themed activities for kids of all ages.

Find the hidden sea creatures

Silly fill-in-the-blanks

Coral game

Crab maze

Kelp blade haiku