The ocean is the home for a lot of animal species and ocean themed crafts are a popular choice for children too. They have so much too choose from such as dolphins, fishes, jellyfishes, manatees, octopuses, otters, sharks, squids, starfishes and whales.
Children can make an ocean scene diorama from a shoe box and other craft materials such as pipe cleaners, old cereal boxes, crayons or markers and whatever craft materials you can find. For the ocean animals you can use small plastic ocean animal toys.
Another craft idea is a jellyfish made from construction paper and crepe paper and decorate it with glitter, paint and stickers. You can also make a jellyfish from a paper bowl and crepe paper. Both jellyfishes can be hung with a piece of string.
You can make a starfish from a paper plate too. All you need to do is draw a starfish on the paper plate, cut it out and paint the starfish with acrylic or watercolor paint.
Toddlers and preschoolers can make a sparkly fish from a lunch paper bag stuffed with newspaper and tied with a pipe cleaner, wire or rubber band right above the stuffing to form the body and the tail. Draw on the mouth and eyes using a marker.
Just imagine it...you can fish in the summer now. How? By making this cool fishing game. Decide on a fish design (it doesn't have to be the simple fish we did above) and then cut out a bunch of fish from sheet cork. At the minimum, the fish should be at least 2" long and 1" wide - but bigger is good too. They need to be big enough to poke a hole in them without breaking the remaining cork. The way to waterproof the fish is to get a crayon and cover every existing space on the fish. This will keep the water out. To make your fishing rod, you can use a stick, a chopstick, a pencil, or other like object. Tie a string to it and then on the other end of teh 12" long string, you will put the hook. Make the hook wiht a bent paperclip...the illustration above will help you make your hook. To play this game dump a bunch of these fish into your bathtub and then compete with your friends to see who can get the most fish.
This is a craft that is easy enough for preschoolers, Kindergarteners and other children in the earlier grades. Find a shoe box. To make the aquarium background, you can print out an underwater scene here and paste it to the bottom of the shoe box (which will be the back of the aquarium). Also color the sides of the inside of the box with crayons, colored pencils, paint, or construction paper. Now get some orange, yellow, or red construction paper and cut out four 2" circles (they can be a bit bigger or smaller) by tracing a lid or a cap. Cut one circle in half; then cut one of these half-circles in half again (sketch a). Paste pieces together to make fish as shown in sketch b. Mark eyes and mouth with crayons, markers, colored pencils, paint, etc. Turn box so that opening is on side. Tape one end of string (about 5" long) to back of fish and other end to top of box. Do this with as many fish as you want to hang to the box. If you wish you may tape small pieces of dried seaweed to inside back of box. Cover open side of box with cellophane (plastic wrap) and fasten with Scotch tape (sketch c).
To make this paper fish mask, just print out the following fish mask template and follow the directions on the printed page.
You will need Six 3" x 2" pieces of "fish" colored construction paper (one piece for pattern), one 9" x 12" piece brown crepe paper, ruler, pencil, and scissors. Print out the following fish illustrations. Cut the fish out. Paste gummed reinforcements on each side of fish for eyes. For fish, you will need 9" x 12" piece of brown crepe paper. Fold on 9" side over and over, just as crepe paper bolt is folded. Make a series of parallel slits in one folded side about 1" apart up to within 1" of other side (sketch b). Turn and cut slits on other folded side between first slits (sketch c). Open folded paper, stretch apart and there is net (sketch d). Children may fold nets in two and put their fish in them.
To learn how to draw realistic and cartoon-ish fish, pick one of the thumbnail picture above to try to draw them.
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Fish Craft For Kids - A beautiful fish card children can make.
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Fish in a Bag - A fun craft for children to make!
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Fish of Delight - A cool cute fish to make for decoration!
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Fish Picture Frame Craft - Find out how to make this fish shaped picture frame with the help of an adult of course!
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Make This Easy Craft - Learn how easy it is to make a fish from egg carton cups.
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Mini Tackle Box for Dad - A great way for you to help you dad keep his fishing supplies organized.
Origami Angel Fish - Here is a detailed origami angel fish tutorial with images.
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Paper Aquarium Craft - Design your own Aquarium using various colors of construction paper and other craft supplies.
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Paper Fish Craft - This is an easy and fun paper craft for preschoolers and kindergarteners.
Paper Place Fish Craft - Learn how to make a fish from a round paper or plastic plate.
Paper Plate Fish - Make a beautiful fish from a paper plate, tissue paper, child safe scissors, tacky glue and a wiggle eye.
Paper Plate Fish Craft - >This craft allows children to be creative by making a fish from a paper plate.
Paper Plate Fish Craft to Make - Make a fish using a paper plate, stapler, scissors and crayons.
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Rainbow Fish Coffee Filter Craft - Make a rainbow colored fish from coffee, water and children’s markers.
Rainbow Fish Craft Making Instructions - A fun fish craft where children can make their imagination go wild.
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