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Easy Jellyfish Craft For Kids [Free Template]

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Aren’t jellyfish some of the coolest ocean animals around?

Granted, we don’t want to be stung by any, but they’re almost magical! If you’re searching for an easy jellyfish craft for kids to make at home or in the classroom, this one is perfect.

And, if your kids love this craft, be sure to check out of our ocean crafts for kids!

It doesn’t require any fancy supplies and it’s quick to make! This means it’s great for making with preschoolers, pre k and kindergarten children.

Read our simple tutorial or watch our quick video to see how we make them!

Jellyfish Craft For Preschool

collage of jellyfish paper craft image with words "jellyfish paper craft" in the middle.

Supplies

  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • White cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Glue stick
  • Jellyfish template (download form located at the end of this post)

Directions

Download the free jellyfish template, print, and cut out all the pieces. Glue the top part of the jellyfish to the wavy underlayer.

hands holding jellyfish template
hands gluing on jellyfish top

Place the eyes in the middle of the jellyfish body and glue in place. Use the black marker to draw on a smile just below and in between the eyes.

hands gluing on eyes to paper jellyfish
hands drawing on jellyfish smile with black sharpie

Cut out thin strips of paper in a few different colors. These will become the jellyfish’s tentacles.

We made the purple jellyfish’s tentacles thinner than the blue one’s, but preferred the thicker tentacles. They look better to us and they’re easier to work with.

Once you have the strips cut and ready to go, take one and twist it around your finger to make a ringlet. When you let go the curl will relax; that’s totally fine.

hands wrapping paper around finger

Place glue on the top end of the tentacle and glue it to the back side of the jellyfish underlayer.

hands gluing curled ribbon onto jellyfish

Once it’s glued in place, feel free to twist the strands into the exact position you want them. You may even want to crease the paper slightly to get them to fall into place.

We placed some curled tentacles facing one direction and other facing the other direction to give it a more full look.

hand holding purple paper jellyfish craft

Don’t you think these jellyfish are so cute? There are endless color combinations you can make with this easy project.

More Ocean Ideas For Kids

We love borrowing books from the library or buying some to add to our home collection. Reading is a great way to introduce a new unit and as you know, has tremendous benefits! Below are some of the top rated ocean books for kids!

The Snail and the Whale– Julia Donaldson, author of the famous book The Gruffalo, brings kids another fun book about an unlikely set of friends. Snail and Whale have lots of fun together in this colorful book!

Shark Lady– This children’s book is based upon the true story of Eugenie Clark, aka, The Shark Lady. Learn about her love of sharks, her discoveries, and the inspiring message of going after what you want in life.

The Rainbow Fish -This is a classic children’s book with a wonderful message for children. In it, a fish learns to share his favorite possession, his glittery scales, with his friends!

blue and purple jellyfish craft on marble background

Want some more ocean themed educational activities? Try out this ocean activities bundle!

This ocean sensory bin is great for when you want something done for you. If you prefer the DIY route, try out this frozen ocean sensory bin.

Another fun option is this ocean play dough set. It’s sparkly and comes with several cool fish!

Share With Us

Did you make this easy jellyfish craft with your kids or students? If so, we would love to see how they turned out!

Take a quick picture of the completed project then post it on our Facebook page wall or join our private Facebook group and show us in there.

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blue and purple jellyfish craft

Easy Jellyfish Craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make this cute and easy jellyfish craft with the kids this summer!

Materials

  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • White cardstock
  • Black marker
  • Glue stick
  • Jellyfish template (download form located at the end of this post)

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Download the free jellyfish template, print and cut out all the pieces. Glue the top part of the jellyfish to the wavy underlayer.
  2. Place the eyes in the middle of the jellyfish body and glue in place. Use the black marker to draw on a smile just below and in between the eyes.
  3. Cut out thin strips of paper in a few different colors. These will become the jellyfish's tentacles.
  4. Once you have the strips cut and ready to go, take one and twist it around your finger to make a ringlet.
  5. Place glue on the top end of the tentacle and glue it to the back side of the jellyfish underlayer.
  6. Once it's glued in place, feel free to twist the strands into the exact position you want them. You may even want to crease the paper slightly to get them to fall into place.

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