20+ creative jellyfish crafts to keep you entertained all year long! There are plenty of options for every age and skill level here!
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Feel the summertime vibes with our list of fun, cute jellyfish crafts for kids. Jellyfish are a little scary when you’re in the ocean, I’ll admit, but they’re such fascinating sea creatures! Whether you want to make a jellyfish craft to teach kids about these amazing ocean animals or you’re just looking for summer-themed ideas to keep them busy, you’re in the right place.
You’ll find a huge collection of jellyfish crafts below that are suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities. Toddlers and preschoolers will love the cut-and-assemble jellyfish crafts, while older kids will enjoy the hand-sewn and glow-in-the-dark versions. With a wide range of crafts to choose from, you’re sure to find a cute jellyfish craft that’s perfect for your kids!
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Jellyfish Crafts Ideas for Kids
These jellyfish activities and crafts are a great way for kids of all ages to learn more about their favorite ocean friends. Incorporate one of these fun crafts into marine life lesson plans, or make them just for fun!
Paper Jellyfish Craft from Simple Everyday Mom: This jellyfish craft requires no special materials at all. With a printer, paper, scissors, and glue, you’re all set to make one of the most adorable jellyfish crafts we’ve ever seen. Easy peasy! Use colored construction paper or allow children to color in the free printable template with crayons or markers. Either way, it will look so cute!
Rainbow Streamer Jellyfish from Messy Little Monster: This easy jellyfish craft made with cupcake liners, googly eyes and lots of rainbow crepe paper streamers is sure to put a smile on your face. It would make the perfect decoration for a sea theme birthday party, but it’s a fun everyday craft, too. Plus, it’s super simple, so toddlers and preschoolers will be able to complete this project with ease in just a few minutes. Isn’t it stunning?
Paper Plate Jellyfish from Non-Toy Gifts: Practice threading with these fun jellyfish made of paper plates, tissue paper, and yarn. This adorable paper plate jellyfish craft will look stunning hanging in your window this summer. You can use some of your yarn scraps or you could even swap the yarn for pipe cleaners for a different look. You can make small jellyfish or large ones, depending on the size of the paper plate you use. Dessert plates are a great option, too!
Painted Newspaper Jellyfish from I Heart Crafty Things: Recycle your old newspaper to make some art with the kids! The printed paper adds an interesting texture and dimension to crafts because the words are still visible through the paint. Yarn and bubble wrap finish off the jellyfish tentacles and oral arms of the jellyfish.
Hanging Watercolor Jellyfish from Teaching 2 and 3-Year-Olds: Use watercolors to paint the tentacles of the jellyfish on this colorful jellyfish craft. By using clear bowls, you can utilize several process art techniques to make the jellyfish come to life, so to speak. Tissue paper squares are pressed into the bowl, or jellyfish body. And the tentacles are made from tie-dyed coffee filters. It’s more than a craft—it’s a gorgeous watercolor art project!
Printable Jellyfish Craft from Printable Crush: These silly printable jellyfish are sure to make you chuckle. The mustache, the surprise face, and even the one-eyed jellyfish are so silly and adorable. We love that you can mix and match all the pieces to create a unique jellyfish that’s all your own.
CD and Ribbon Jellyfish from Fireflies and Mud Pies: This fun summer boredom buster craft is an excellent way to use up your old CD collection that you never listen to anymore (or old discs from computers). Cover the disc in tissue paper, and glue curly ribbon on. Voila! You have a cute little jellyfish.
Paper Bag Jellyfish from Our Kid Things: Use brown paper lunch bags and yarn to make these colorful jellyfish with yarn tentacles. Threading the yarn through each small hole is a fun way to work on hand-eye coordination, and it’s great fine motor skills practice for young kids. Plus, it looks beautiful!
Bubble Printing Jellyfish from Making with Mommy for Red Ted Art: Bubble painting is such a fun summer craft that uses basic materials like dish soap (or bubble mixture), paint, paper, and a straw. Colored bubbles are then blown across the page. Once the paper is dry, cut it out to make jellyfish as well as some bubbles for an ocean scene. The big, bubbly scene behind the jellyfish may just be the best part!
Glow-in-the-Dark Paper Bowl Jellyfish from Little Bins for Little Hands: Did you know that about 50% of jellyfish are bioluminescent? This is used as a defense against predators. Now, you can explain this adaptation easily with this glow-in-the-dark jellyfish craft. By using different colors of neon paint and neon yarn, you’ll get a craft with vibrant colors that glow when the lights are off. So much fun!
Paper Plate Swimming Jellyfish from I Heart Crafty Things: Kids will be so delighted with this swimming jellyfish craft! You’ll make a jellyfish out of cardboard and yarn, and attach it to a craft stick. The paper plate becomes the ocean background for the jellyfish to swim in. Kids will play with it again and again!
Hanging Jellyfish Craft from Glue Sticks & Gumdrops: Use ribbon scraps and a paper or styrofoam bowl to make a silly, smiling jellyfish that you can hang up on the porch or in the kids’ playroom. If you’re using a styrofoam bowl, make sure to use acrylic paint. Tempera paint won’t stick on styrofoam.
Coffee Filter Jellyfish from Super Simple: This beautiful coffee filter jellyfish is an easy kids craft that also doubles as a fun, science project for kids! Kids will get a kick out of watching their coffee filters absorb all of the beautiful colors of their jellyfish. Hang up your jellyfish where you can watch it dance in the breeze. Such a great ocean craft for all ages!
‘J’ Is For Jellyfish Craft from Simple Mom: Practice letter recognition with this simple alphabet activity for kids. Print the Jellyfish coloring page and letter ‘J’ template to make this cute craft for preschoolers. Kids will love practicing scissor skills and coloring their jellies in their favorite colors.
There are SO many fun options for making your very own cool jellyfish craft. Which fun jellyfish project are you going to begin working on first?!
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