Sea-themed crafts for preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

Sea-themed crafts for preschoolers

We’ve been focusing on sea-themed crafts over the past week, creating a variety of fish and other sea creatures out of paper plates, plastic cups and bottles and toilet roll tubes. Most of these have been quite easy to make, although one or two have required a little more extra adult help, and both my girls have been having a great time with painting, sticking and gluing.

Sea-themed crafts for preschoolers - a fantastic selection of quick and easy crafts for toddlers and preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

1. Whale

The whale was made from a paper plate, with the bottom cut off to make the tail. We added a piece of cardboard for the bubbles coming out of the top of the whale and another piece of cardboard to attach the whale’s tail.

Paper-plate whale: Sea-themed crafts for preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

2. Crab

The crab was made from the bottom half of a plastic cup which had been painted red. We then punched some holes to pass pipe-cleaners through to make the crab’s legs and eyes and added googly eyes and cardboard claws.

Plastic cup crab: Sea-themed crafts for preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

3. Turtles

The turtle was made from a paper bowl, with tissue paper squares glued on for the shell, and cardboard flippers and head. The second turtle’s flippers were cut out of another paper plate which I preferred as the ridges of the paper plate looked quite effective. You could also paint the bowl green before adding the tissue paper.

{Paper-bowl turtles: Sea-themed crafts for preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

4. Octopus

The octopus was made from a toilet roll tube which we painted first before making vertical cuts in the bottom half to form the tentacles. We then glued on orzo pasta shapes on to the tentacles (rice or lentils would also work quite well for this).

Toilet-roll octopus: Sea-themed crafts for preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

5. Fish

We made two different types of fish for our sea themed crafts. The paper plate fish have a triangle shape cut out which was then attached to make the fish’s tail. These were very easy to make and we made a few of these, some with coloured plates, others with painted ones; adding stickers, tissue paper or crayon scribbles to decorate.

Paper-plate fish: Sea-themed crafts for preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

The other fish were made through cutting out cardboard fish shapes which were covered with kitchen foil and decorated using coloured marker pens.

Foil fish: Sea-themed crafts for preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

6. Seahorse

The seahorse was created by cutting a seahorse shape out of a paper bowl (using the ridges to form the spine of the seahorse) and adding a googly eye and stickers to decorate.

Paper-plate seahorse: Sea-themed crafts for preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

7. Jellyfish

The jellyfish is made from cutting off the bottom of a clear plastic bottle and then punching holes in it for threading ribbons through. Jessica found it very fiddly to thread the ribbons through and needed a lot of help from Mummy to make this one. Substituting pipe-cleaners for ribbons would probably have made this a lot easier for her.

Plastic bottle jellyfish: Sea-themed crafts for preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

8. Starfish

The starfish were made by cutting out starfish shapes out of yellow cardboard and gluing on orzo pasta shapes.

 

Both Jessica and Sophie had a lot of fun creating various sea creatures. Whilst Mummy’s help was needed with cutting out shapes, the girls could do most of the gluing and decorating themselves and thoroughly enjoyed doing so. Jessica also enjoyed creating a sea picture using foam shapes.

Creating our sea creatures: Sea-themed crafts for preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

It was fun having a theme for our crafts across the week and this is definitely something that I’d like to try doing more often.

Sea-themed crafts for preschoolers - Little Hearts, Big Love

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12 thoughts on “Sea-themed crafts for preschoolers

  1. Mamavsteacher

    These look amazing!! Well done, they are beautiful! Thanks for linking up to #imaginationmatters and I look forward to seeing if you have anything for the “Summer” theme next week!

  2. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    What fantastic crafts! I love that you made them out of household items. The crab and the octopus are my favourites, they made me smile they are just so cute! #KidsCorner x

  3. MudpieFridays

    Brilliant – the crab is by far my favourite 😀 – lovely loads of ideas I suspect we will try at some point in the future. Thanks for sharing #KidsCorner

  4. becky

    How fun! I love the display…that is the nursery nurse and preschool teacher coming out of me!!!!

    #ImaginationMatters

  5. kidGLloves

    Lucas says – Oh WOW!!!!! These crafts are making me soooooo excited about my holiday. I can’t wait to see the sea again. I really think the Jellyfish is AWESOME. My Dad’s scared of Jellyfish but please don’t tell anyone I told you that!!! Thanks for linking to #minicreations. You guys ROCK as always 🙂

  6. Chloe

    Oh my goodness how adorable. I love these! So much personality from a little plate! 😀
    I love the jellyfish. This is so creative. xx

    #kidscorner

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