Preschool Sea Animals Arts and Crafts



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Ocean Animal Stain Glass
What You Need:
  • Contact Paper or Waxed Paper
  • Tissue Paper or Construction Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Yarn
What You Do:
  • Give the kids the contact paper (or glue and wax paper) cut out as a sea creature. Then Let your kids make their own stain glass creature. After they have dried hang them in the window to make a beautiful stained glass look.
Finger Paint Sea Creatures
What You Need:
  • Contact Paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Yarn
  • Glitter
  • Finger Paint
  • Sponge (For Sponge Paints)
What You Do:
  • Cut out the construction paper in the shape of a creature and give all of your kids a cutout. Let them use all of the above materials to create their own creatures.
3D Sea Creatures
What You Need:
  • Poster Board
  • Tissue Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Yarn
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Cotton Balls or Cutup Paper
What You Do:
  • Give each child a cutout of some creature. Let them decorate the creature however they want (hint: for cool gills use glue and sprinkle glue on it). Then connect the two halves, stuffing them with the cotton balls. Makes a great 3D fish.
Paper Plate Aquarium
What You Need:
  • Tissue Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Yarn
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Paper Plates or Clean Meat Trays
  • Plastic Wrap
What You Do:
  • Give the kids a paper plate (or meat tray) and have them create an aquarium scene on the top side of the plate. Then over that plate tape a second plate (or meat tray) that you have cut out a hole at the top (can cover with Plastic wrap). This makes it look like your looking into an aquarium.
Rainbow Fish
(to be done while reading Rainbow Fish Book)
What You Need:
  • Poster Board or Construction Paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Aluminum Foil (For Shiny Gills)
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Cotton Balls or Cutup Paper
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • First Read the Book and then let your kids design their own rainbow fish.
Sea Urchin
What You Need:
  • Play Dough (Make your own in the recipes section)
  • Tooth Picks
  • Paint or color the play dough
What You Do:
  • Talk about Sea Urchins and show your kids pictures of sea urchins, Then let them create their own sea urchins using the above materials.
Hand Octopus
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Finger Paints
What You Do:
  • Let the kids put finger paint all over their hands (in any combination that they wish) then have them put a hand print on the paper. Next have them put another hand print overlapping the last but pointing in the opposite direction. The base of the hand creates the body of the octopus. The fingers make the tentacles.
Bubble Sea Creatures
Submitted by Margarita
What You Need:
  • Bubbles
  • Paper
What You Do:
  • Have your children cut out a sea creature shape from paper. Then give them bubbles colored several different colors. Have them blow these bubbles onto their creature cutouts. This creates really neat designs.
Idea:
To make shiny crabs (or other creatures) add cornstarch to your paint.
Sandpaper Creatures
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Sand Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Crayons
  • Iron
What You Do:
  • Cut out the sand paper creatures in the shape of various sea creatures. Let the kids color the sea creatures (The more times they go over an area or harder they press the better). Then put the sand paper face first on another piece of paper. Go over the paper with a warm Iron. This will create a neat picture on the paper.
Sea Urchin
Submitted by Tina
What You Need:
  • Play Dough (Make your own in the recipes section)
  • Tooth Picks
  • Paint or color the play dough
What You Do:
  • Talk about Sea Urchins and show your kids pictures of sea urchins, Then let them create their own sea urchins using the above materials.
Idea:
Have children use crushed Cornflakes or cornmeal to paint on starfish to make a realistic feel
Submitted by Barbra
Shaken Confetti Fish
Submitted by Val
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • Have all of your children rip up small pieces of paper and put them in a garbage bag. Then have then cut out a sea animal shape. Next, have them cover the shape with glue. Finally, they can put the animal (with glue still wet) in the garbage bag and shake it. The confetti will stick to the glue.
Idea:
Painting with bubble wrap makes great suckers on starfish.
Sub. by Susan
Paper Plate Fishbowl
Submitted by Cory
What You Need:
  • Tissue Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Yarn
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Paper Plates
  • Plastic Wrap
What You Do:
  • Cut off the top of a paper plate to make it look like a fishbowl. Have them create an aquarium scene on the bottom of the plate. Then have them cut out fish shapes and attach to the bowl.
Idea
: Make a paper mache sea creature
Submitted by Blair
Decorative Shells
Submitted by Andrea
What You Need:
  • Large Pasta Shells
  • Paint
What You Do:
  • Give your children large pasta shells (the bigger the better) then have them paint them any way that they want. Explain to your children that no two shells are the same just like their shell creations are all different.
Idea:
when your children's sea paintings are drying sprinkle salt on the top of them. When it dries it will create neat patterns in the painting.
Submitted by Jenni
Hand Octopus
Submitted by Lori
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Finger Paints
What You Do:
  • Let the kids put finger paint all over their hands (in any combination that they wish) then have them put a hand print on the paper. Next have them put another hand print overlapping the last but pointing in the opposite direction. The base of the hand creates the body of the octopus. The fingers make the tentacles.
Idea:
Have your children paint with seashells, dry seaweed, dry kelp, dry starfish, etc.
Submitted by Callie
Sandpaper Creatures
Submitted by Charlette
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Sand Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Crayons
  • Iron
What You Do:
  • Cut out the sand paper creatures in the shape of various sea creatures. Let the kids color the sea creatures (The more times they go over an area or harder they press the better). Then put the sand paper face first on another piece of paper. Go over the paper with a warm Iron. This will create a neat picture on the paper.
Paper Plate Jellyfish
Submitted by Tina
What You Need:
  • Paper Plates
  • Glue (dyed an appropriate color)
  • Tissue paper
What You Do:
  • Cut paper plate in half and cover plate with glue (colored a color of a jellyfish). Add googly eyes and strips of tissue paper (same color as glue) for tentacles.
Paper Bag Fish
Submitted by Janet
What You Need:
  • Paper Lunch Bah
  • Paint
  • Tape
  • Yarn
What You Do:
  • Give each of your children a paper lunch bag, Have them paint the bottom third of the bag. Next fold the bottom of the bag to form a point (tape it). Tie the open ends of the bag together and with yarn. Now your children can add a fish face and you have a cute fist.
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