Creative Writing Prompts: Ocean Themed

My girls were in the driver’s seat for deciding what theme would be on the blog this month. Their choice?

The ocean!

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about coral reefs, fish, the ocean zones, conservation, and more.

The oceans cover 71% of the Earth’s surface and makes up 97% of the Earth’s water. With the ocean’s making up such a big part of our planet it’s amazing that we’ve only explored around 5% of the ocean. That leaves a lot of work to be done and some great questions to be asked and answered.

The ocean themed creative writing prompts are going to offer kids (and adults too) a chance to explore their current knowledge as well as their imagination on the theme of oceans. It will be a great time to talk about the difference between fiction and non-fiction, as well as learn some new facts about the ocean.

Let’s pull on our virtual scuba gear and explore the deep sea world of the ocean.

Some research may be necessary before writing on some of these prompts.

Ocean Writing Prompts

  1. Have you ever visited the ocean? Tell a story describing as much as you can remember. Think about adding in information about all five senses. If you’ve never visited the ocean write about what you think it would be like.
  2. Pretend someone gave you a submarine that could take you to the deepest depths of the ocean, the trenches. Think about what the journey down would be like. What would you see through each of the ocean zones during your descent? What would it be like when you finally reached the bottom?
  3. What is your favorite ocean creature? What about it do you like the most?
  4. If you had the opportunity to go underwater in a shark cage with great white sharks swimming all around you, would you do it? Why or why not?
  5. Can you think of five things you can do to help save the coral reefs?
  6. If the coral reefs were a city, what would it be like? Compare and contrast the different living things and how they interact with a modern day urban environment.
  7. Given the choice of being either the biggest ocean creature or the smallest ocean organism, which would you choose and why?
  8. Tell a story about going out with your friends on a deep sea treasure hunting adventure. Read up on some real life treasure hunting adventures to help spark your imagination.
  9. The lost years refers to a portion of time where scientists don’t know where baby sea turtles go. They have learned that some catch a ride on the gulf stream. If you were hanging out with baby sea turtles during the lost years, where would you go and what would you do?
  10. You’ve discovered a new sea creature! Describe it, it’s habitat, it’s relationship with other sea creatures, etc.
  11. Write a story about riding a seahorse in a seahorse race.
  12. Tell a story about going out deep sea fishing. What are you fishing for? Are there any dangers? Is it fun?
  13. What would it be like if mermaids lived under the sea?
  14. If you were a hermit crab, what kind of home would you choose?
  15. While scuba diving you discover a cave under the ocean surface and you decide to explore. What happens? What do you see?
  16. What would life be like if your best friend was an octopus?
  17. Did you know there is a sculpture museum under water? What kind of art would you create to be displayed underwater?
  18. Have you ever heard of the city of Atlantis? If it was real, what do you think it would be like?
  19. Spongebob lives in a pineapple under the sea. What would you live in if you lived under the sea?
  20. You just found out the blue whale isn’t the largest creature in the ocean! Describe what the newest creature discovered is.
  21. What if a school of fish was actually like a school humans go to? What would it be like?
  22. What do you think this quote means: “You can’t judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree.”
  23. While walking on the beach a lobster greets you and asks you to teach him how to dance. Tell a story about this.
  24. During low tide you discover something amazing on the beach! What is it?
  25. A fish finds himself out of water and able to breathe. He decides to explore the world above the sea. What are his thoughts about what he sees?
  26. When fish go on vacation, where do they go?
  27. What would the world be like if there were no oceans?
  28. You find yourself in a raft in the middle of the ocean. How did you get there?


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