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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 jellyfish are almost magical! If you’re looking 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 jellyfish activities.

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

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

Jellyfish Craft For Preschool

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Supplies

Directions

First, grab that free jellyfish template! Print it out and get ready to have some crafty fun. Once you’ve got your template, help your child carefully cut out all the pieces.

Now, take the top part of your jellyfish and let your child glue it to the wavy underlayer.

jellyfish template
hands gluing on jellyfish top

Next up, let’s give our jellyfish some personality. Guide your child to place the eyes smack dab in the middle of the body and secure them with glue.

Then, let your child draw a cheerful smile with a black marker below the eyes.

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

It’s time to jazz up your jellyfish with some colorful tentacles. Guide your child to cut out thin strips of paper in various colors. These will sway and dance like your jellyfish’s tentacles.

We experimented a bit and made the purple jellyfish’s tentacles thinner than the blue ones. But you know what? We ended up liking the thicker tentacles more. They seem to have more character, and they’re easier to handle.

Once they’ve got their strips ready, wrap one around your child’s finger to curl it into a ringlet. Don’t worry if it loosens up a bit when they release it; that’s what we want it to look like.

hands wrapping paper around finger

Now, let your child dab some glue on the top end of each tentacle and press it onto the back side of the jellyfish’s underlayer. This is where the jellyfish starts to to come to life.

hands gluing curled ribbon onto jellyfish

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

We decided to mix things up by having tentacles curl one way and others the opposite way. It gives your jellyfish a fuller, more lively look.

hand holding purple paper jellyfish craft

And there you have it! Aren’t these jellyfish just the cutest? The best part is mixing and matching colors to your heart’s content. It’s a simple project with endless fun possibilities.

Do you have a little one who loves the ocean? We’ve got the perfect activity bundle for them! This giant set of ocean-themed activities is not only fun but educational, too. It’s great for young children and can be used at home or in the classroom.

More Ocean Ideas For Kids

If your little explorers are as fascinated by the vast and mysterious ocean as we are, they will love these ocean-themed ideas we’ve gathered.

We’ve got everything from captivating books that take them on underwater adventures to creative crafts that let them make their own sea creatures and even educational printables that make learning about the ocean a splash of fun.

So, let’s dive into a sea of creativity with more ocean-themed fun for kids and prepare to make a splash.

Children’s Books About The Ocean

This week, have fun with ocean animals by adding 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, develop their reading skills, and encourage curiosity. 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

Ocean Kids’ Crafts

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 the glue and paper and let your little ones make 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 undersea masterpiece.

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

Collage of Ocean Kids' Crafts

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

Shark Name Craft: This name craft is perfect for your little one if they want to practice spelling their name in a fun way. Plus, they get to make an awesome shark out of it! Great for home or school, this craft is a win-win for everyone.

Ocean Activities For Kids

Kids will have tons of fun with these shark activity pages! They’ll have a fin-tastic time counting, graphing, and navigating through fun mazes!

Explore the wonders of the ocean with these delightful jellyfish cutting activity printables which offer a fun and educational way to practice scissor skills. With various levels of difficulty, these printables cater to children of different ages and abilities, fostering fine motor development.

Collage of Ocean Activities For Kids

Little ocean explorers will love trying these octopus connect the dots to reveal the mysterious creature of the deep. These pages can help boost their number recognition and fine motor skills in a splash-tastic way!

Splash into learning with these super fun Ocean I Spy printables! Your little ones will be bubbling with excitement as they spot and count colorful sea creatures. These printables can help sharpen their observation skills and introduce them to the wonders of marine life!

hand holding jellyfish craft

More Ocean Fun

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Ocean 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

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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Free Jellyfish Template

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Nurah

Tuesday 14th of May 2024

I like this colourful jellyfish

Sam

Tuesday 14th of May 2024

Thanks! So glad to hear that!

Nurah

Tuesday 7th of May 2024

I want one too, please

Sam

Tuesday 7th of May 2024

Since you’re a subscriber, you just need to click the “Click Here To Get Your Freebie” image at the end of the post and then enter your email in the form. After that, it’ll automatically redirect you to the download page ◡̈

Candy

Thursday 25th of April 2024

Nice my kid love it!

Sam

Thursday 25th of April 2024

Yay! So glad!

Yury

Wednesday 10th of April 2024

I would like one too!

Sam

Wednesday 10th of April 2024

Of course! All you need to do is click the “Click Here To Get Your Freebie” image at the end of the post and then enter your email in the form Once you've been confirmed as an email subscriber (by clicking the link in the first email), you simply enter your email in any of the forms and it'll automatically redirect you to the download page.

melissa

Wednesday 10th of April 2024

i would like the jelly fish template. thnak you

Sam

Wednesday 10th of April 2024

Since you’re a subscriber, you just need to click the “Click Here To Get Your Freebie” image at the end of the post and then enter your email in the form. After that, it’ll automatically redirect you to the download page ◡̈

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