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Jellyfish Paper Plate Craft For Kids [Free Template]

While you probably don’t want to meet a jellyfish while swimming in the ocean, they really are some pretty amazing creatures!

When we think of summer, we think of the beach and jellyfish. This jellyfish paper plate craft is a fun activity to do with the kids this summer.

It’s another one of our easy ocean crafts for kids that’s ideal for making with preschoolers, kindergarten, and elementary children.

Be sure to download the free printable template and watch our quick video tutorial to see how to make this cute craft!

Paper Plate Jellyfish

paper plate jellyfish image collage with the words paper plate jellyfish in the middle

Supplies

  • Paper plate
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Black marker
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Jellyfish template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post)

Directions

Download the jellyfish template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.

hand holding paper plate jellyfish template

Paint a small section on the bottom of the paper plate in a lighter shade of the main jellyfish color. Paint the rest of the paper plate in a darker shade. Let it dry completely before moving on.

hand painting paper plate in two shades of pink

Trace the 2 jellyfish body parts on the upper and lower part of the paper plate and then cut them out.

Flip the 2 pieces over and slightly overlap the lower body part onto the bottom of the main body part. Use tape or glue to secure the two pieces together.

hand taping jellyfish body together

Flip the jellyfish back over and glue the eyes in the middle of the main body piece.

hand gluing eyes to paper plate jellyfish

Next, glue the cheeks on the outside of each eye. Use the black marker to draw a smile on the jellyfish just below the eyes.

hand gluing cheeks to paper plate jellyfish

Flip the jellyfish over to the back, then arrange the tentacles in the way you want. Once you get them in place, use tape to secure them to the back.

hand taping tentacles to paper plate jellyfish

You’re done! These will look so cool to see all the different colored jellyfish kids will make!

pink paper plate jellyfish

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!

two paper plate jellyfish

For more ocean themed crafts, check out some of our favorite ones below:

hand holding blue paper plate jellyfish

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!

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For a chance to have your child’s craft featured, simply snap a picture of the completed project and post it to our Facebook page, email it to us directly by clicking here, or use #simpleeverydaymom on your social media!

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hand holding blue paper plate jellyfish

Jellyfish Paper Plate Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Drying Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This paper plate jellyfish is a fun ocean craft that kids will want to make this summer!

Materials

  • Paper plate
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Black marker
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Jellyfish template

Instructions

  1. Download the jellyfish template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Paint a small section on the bottom of the paper plate in a lighter shade of the main jellyfish color. Paint the rest of the paper plate in a darker shade. Let it dry completely before moving on.
  3. Trace the 2 jellyfish body parts on the upper and lower part of the paper plate and then cut them out.
  4. Flip the 2 pieces over and slightly overlap the lower body part onto the bottom of the main body part. Use tape or glue to secure the two pieces together.
  5. Flip the jellyfish back over and glue the eyes in the middle of the main body piece.
  6. Next, glue the cheeks on the outside of each eye. Use the black marker to draw a smile on the jellyfish just below the eyes.
  7. Flip the jellyfish over to the back, then arrange the tentacles in the way you want. Once you get them in place, use tape to secure them to the back.

Free Jellyfish Template

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Lacy Harris

Friday 13th of August 2021

Please email me the template.

Sam

Tuesday 17th of August 2021

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

Eugenie

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

Super cute and easy for my preschool class!!

Sam

Wednesday 14th of July 2021

Yay! So happy to hear that!

school

Wednesday 23rd of June 2021

so cute!

Sam

Thursday 24th of June 2021

Thank you!

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