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Paper plate jellyfish craft for kids

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This paper plate jellyfish craft is a great summer craft to make for an ocean or sea unit study. Preschoolers as well as older kids will enjoy creating it and learning about these cute ocean animals.

Tissue paper and paper plate jellyfish craft for kids. Easy craft for preschoolers and kindergartners. Perfect for ocean study unit. | at Non-Toy Gifts

We love paper plate crafts and pairing them with yarn crafts.

The results are adorable crafts that also encourage kids to practice their fine motor skills while working with yarn.

Paper plate jellyfish variations:

  • Use colored paper plates
  • If you don’t have tissue paper at hand, you can paint the paper plates
  • No googly eyes? No problem. Draw them with a black marker
  • Make the tentacles with crepe paper streams

Paper plate jellyfish craft for kids

I used to have many pets while a child at my parents’ home and when on my own, before having a family. I had a dog, a cat, a pair of hamsters and several birds.

But I’ve never been interested in an aquarium. I’m not a big fan of fish.

Nevertheless, I enjoy visiting the aquarium at the ZOO, not for the fish, though. It is the jellyfish and the sea horses that I find totally fascinating.

This is where the inspiration for this paper plate jellyfish craft comes from.

More ocean crafts:

Paper plate jellyfish craft

Tissue paper and paper plate jellyfish craft

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Supplies:

Paper plate jellyfish craft for kids. Ocean study unit craft.

How to make a paper plate jellyfish craft

Step 1: Start by cutting up the tissue paper into small squares. Young kids who aren’t comfortable yet with scissors, can just tear up the tissue paper, instead.

Step 2: Draw a wavy line at the bottom of the paper plate and cut along that line.

Step 3: Glue the tissue paper squares onto the paper plate.

Step 4: Use a hole punch to make several holes along the wavy bottom line of the paper plate.

Step 5: Cut yarn strands of the same length. Thread the yarn through the holes at the bottom of the paper plate and tie them up.

Step 6: Glue the googly eyes onto the paper plate and use a black marker to draw a mouth. For more fun you can use big googly eyes, or glow in the dark googly eyes and even colorful googly eyes.

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Paper plate jellyfish craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

An adorable paper plate jellyfish craft for kids to make during the summer as part of an ocean or sea unit study. Make these ocean animals with colorful tissue paper and yarn.

Materials

  • paper plate
  • tissue paper
  • yarn
  • googly eyes

Tools

  • scissors
  • glue
  • hole punch
  • black marker

Instructions

  1. Start by cutting up the tissue paper into small squares. For young kids who aren't comfortable yet with scissors, you can suggest tearing up the tissue paper, instead.
  2. Draw a wavy line at the bottom of the paper plate and cut along that line.
  3. Glue the tissue paper squares onto the paper plate.
  4. Use a hole punch to make several holes along the wavy bottom line of the paper plate.
  5. Cut yarn strands of the same length. Thread the yarn through the holes at the bottom of the paper plate and tie them up.
  6. Glue the googly eyes onto the paper plate and use a black marker to draw a mouth. For more fun you can use big googly eyes, or glow in the dark googly eyes.

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