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Easy Jellyfish Craft For Kids [Free Template]

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 all 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

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

This week, have some fun with ocean animals by adding in even more animal-related activities. We’ve got tons of great ideas to get you started! There are so many ways to explore the world of ocean animals this week – get creative and have fun!

Reading to your kids is a great way to help them learn to focus and pay attention. It’s also a great way to help them develop their reading skills! Plus, it encourages curiosity too! For those reasons and more, we recommend starting with books.

Try out some of these 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

Crafting is a great way for kids to practice their fine motor skills. And what could be more fun than making ocean animal crafts? In addition to being a fun activity, crafting can also help relieve stress while increasing creativity.

Plus, kids always feel really proud when they’ve completed a project! So get out the glue and paper and let your little ones make some cute ocean animal crafts. They’re sure to have a blast with any of these projects:

Paper Plate Fish – This colorful and bright fish craft is the perfect activity for kids! All you need is some paper plates, paint, and paper, and you can let your little ones loose to create their own undersea masterpiece.

Octopus Paper Bag Puppet Craft – This craft is great for encouraging pretend play, and it’s also a lot of fun to make. Simply grab a few paper bags, some construction paper, glue, and scissors. Then let the kids get creative!

Humpback Whale Headband Craft – If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with the kids, look no further than this whale craft. Not only will they have a blast making it, but they’ll look so cute wearing it too!

hand holding jellyfish craft

The ocean activities bundle is perfect for kids who love to learn and have fun at the same time. This activity-packed set includes 65 pages of content that helps kids practice fine motor skills, visual discrimination, letter recognition, and so much more.

With so many different activities to choose from, kids will never get bored. And best of all, they’ll be learning valuable skills that will help them in school and in life. So dive into the ocean activities bundle today and start having fun while you learn.

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.

The ocean playdough kit is a great way for kids to get hands-on with their play. Plus, the pre-made dough is ready to go, so all you need to do is open the box and start playing.

It’s a fun way to explore the ocean world without getting wet, and it’s also a great way to develop fine motor skills. So whether your child is a beach bum or a landlubber, the ocean play dough kit is sure to be a hit!

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.

More Ideas For Kids

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.

Did you make this craft?

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Free Jellyfish Template

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Kelley

Saturday 30th of April 2022

Thank you for the jellyfish!

Sam

Monday 2nd of May 2022

Of course :)

evie

Thursday 28th of April 2022

great activity!

Sam

Friday 29th of April 2022

Thanks, Evie!

Cadis

Sunday 12th of September 2021

Thanks for sharing!

Sam

Monday 13th of September 2021

No problem!

Rachel Patten

Friday 16th of July 2021

Our presenter for the program at the library canceled the day before the event! Luckily I had your craft ideas at my fingertips! We made this jellyfish with iridescent curly ribbon for the tendrils--they loved it. Thanks for coming to the rescue!

Sam

Saturday 17th of July 2021

Yay, so happy to hear that! Glad you could use them :)

Kristen

Thursday 24th of June 2021

I would like the template.

Sam

Thursday 24th of June 2021

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you.

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