Since we love beach books for kids around here, we’ve been busy making ocean themed crafts this summer. We’re making jellyfish crafts, octopus crafts, and even some beach pudding snacks!
We recently read Commotion in the Ocean, and my kids were delighted by the colorful story of ocean life.
This classic book from Giles Andreae is a perfect anchor to a beach or ocean unit study. Each page depicts a different ocean animal.
I even found this fun video on You Tube!
My kids had a hard time deciding what ocean animal to craft, so we ended up with a variety.
Jellyfish Craft for Preschoolers
Before you get started, print two jellyfish templates for each artist. (Many thanks to Disney Family Fun!)
Lay the templates out on the work trays and let your children paint them.
As they are drying, have them pick out colored ribbons and crepe paper to create the tentacles.
When the jellyfish bodies are dry, you’re ready to put the pieces together. Take the glue gun or glue stick and attach the ribbons and crepe paper to the flat portion of the jellyfish body.
Then, glue the two halves of the body together, leaving the flat portion open.
This will allow the jellyfish tentacles to ‘jiggle’. Want to make your jellyfish puffy? Add a few cotton balls inside as well.
Looking for more beach themed crafts and books for preschoolers? Don’t miss this great list at The Homeschool Classroom.
Octopus Craft for Preschoolers
My children also worked on an octopus craft. For added fun, we searched out YouTube for octopus videos.
Do your kids need fine motor skill help? Let them work on cutting the octopus out with kid scissors.
After everyone finishes painting their creations, sprinkle glitter on the wet paint and set them aside to dry. To create the suction cups, you can use circle stickers. You could also glue pony beads on for a three dimensional look.
Add a bit of curling ribbon, and you can hang your ocean creatures in the window.
After all that artwork, it’s time for a snack!
Beach Pail Pudding Snack
I surprised my children with some Beach Pail Pudding Snacks for fun. They’re used to healthy snacks, so this was way more fun!
1 quart of plain vanilla yogurt
1 package of ‘blonde’ cookies – we used Golden Oreos, but you could also use vanilla wafers or even Nutter Butters for a fun twist
Swedish Fish or Goldfish Grahams
Small clear cups
Mix the vanilla yogurt with a small amount of whipped cream. Fill the cups, then stick in the fridge.
Put your kids to work, crushing up the cookies.
Once your cookies are crushed, bring out your cups.
Gently spread the crushed cookie sand on top, and add fish.
Grab a spoon and enjoy!
You can collect more ideas from my beach and ocean Pinterest board.
Don’t miss my friends at iHomeschool Network for their Book and a Big Idea posts! You’ll find crafts from books like Skippyjon Jones, The Kissing Hand, Blueberries for Sal and more. It’s going to be a great resource for planning homeschool crafts this fall!