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