Roughly 70 percent of our planet’s surface is covered by oceans. Their tides are caused by the Earth’s rotation combined with the gravitational pull of the moon and sun. While we have already identified millions of forms of marine life, there are still many more waiting to be discovered.
The Earth’s oceans are vast educational resources for kids. They can learn about:
- The environment
- Marine life
- The tides
Here are some sites and apps that can help kids learn about the oceans.
From the Bermuda Triangle to the Pacific Ocean, this website has loads of interesting facts about the world’s oceans. Did you know that the Pacific Ocean contains around 25,000 different islands, far more than are found in Earth’s other oceans. That’s just one juicy fact.
Want to know what the temperature is anywhere in the world? Use this app instead of thermometer. It will also show you weather radars, rain maps, wind speeds and humidity, even over the oceans.
Learn about the increasing problem of marine litter and the damaging effects it’s having on our planet. Find out about agencies and organizations which are working to clean up marine debris. The site contains lots of educational materials and fun activities. You can also find out about regional clean-up events.
This is an awesome website for any kid who’s into marine life. Planet Ocean shows you what it takes to live in the sea, and which creatures are the fiercest inhabitants. You can also find out about life in the ocean’s extreme depths.
BBC Learning/Blue Planet Challenge is a cool online game in which you learn about ocean life in different marine habitats. Starting on a rocky beach you ravel into the shallow then journey deeper and deeper into the water, until you finally reach the strange world of the abyss. You must explore as much of the ocean as you possibly can without losing all of your five lives.
Created by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Ocean Portal is the ultimate gateway to all things marine. This site is packed with information from ocean and life ecosystems to corals and reef formations, all about sharks, to all about ocean acidification.
Creatures of the Deep Sea
This is a neat interactive website which takes you down to the darkest depths of the sea to learn about the weird creatures that live there. These strange forms of marine life include: snipe eel, giant squid, viperfish, fangtooth, giant tube worms, vampire squid, and lantern fish. There are also loads of other activities related to exploring the sea, including games and wallpapers.
Let your kids learn about the many wonders of the oceans with these websites and apps. Marine life and ecology are truly fascinating subjects that will hold their interest for hours.