One of our favourite crafting materials for using with toddlers is paper plates. They are more sturdy than paper and because there are round they can be used for some many crafts. This easy paper plate craft is ideal for your ocean loving tots. So here we go our Simple Paper Plate Jelly Fish to make with toddlers.

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Easy Jellyfish craft for toddlers to make

Jellyfish craft for toddlers

Jellyfish are such an easy craft to do with your toddlers. We made a few as each paper plate can be used to create 2 separate jellies. This version of our craft uses paper but scroll down and we have included a picture of when we created this and instead used bubble wrap for the tentacles.

Materials needed to Make your Paper Plate Jellyfish

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How to Make Paper Plate Jelly Fish with your Toddler

Cut the paper plate in half – each plate will make 2 Jellyfish.

Now provide an area to create on our toddler loves to paint in his high chair but a small table would work just as well.

J loving the feel of the paints

Pour the paint into dishes and supply the paint in dishes that are easy for your toddler to access the paints.

I supplied him with sponge brushes however you can see that he spent most of his time decorating with his fingers.

Once he had decorated we hung on the drying wrack we use. It’s just a hang-up washing line but I find it great for drying paintings with.

The jelly’s bodies hanging drying

Whilst they were drying I showed J how to tear the paper into strips and create the tentacles for the Jellyfish.

With the paper plates dry we attached the tentacles with sticky tape and I drew on some faces.

The finished Jellies

More Jellyfish Activities for Toddlers

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J is for Jelly Fish Learning the letters with Preschoolers and Toddlers

Make a letter page for your own alphabet book with our J is for Jelly Fish activity.

Another J is for Jellyfish activity from Red Ted Art to make Handprint Jellyfish.

If you like the letter of the week idea to do with your toddlers and preschoolers then check out this selection of Letter J Activities for Preschoolers and Toddlers from Crystal and Co.

Explore the impact that humans are having on ocean animals looking at plastic bags and leatherback sea turtles with this full lesson plan and jellyfish model making experiment.
Make Plastic Bag Jellyfish

Show your kids why plastic pollution like plastic bags is a problem in the ocean with this Jellyfish in a Jar Experiment.

Why not try these bubble printed Jellyfish from Red Ted Art they look really great and fun to make with your little ones.

More Toddler Crafts with Paper Plates

Paper Plate Lion
Toddler created Paper Plate Lion

Have fun and create a paper plate lion this uses the same tearing technique for the mane as this Jellyfish does.

Paper plate monkey made by an older toddler or preschoolers
Toddler made paper plate monkey

Another fun toddler paper plate craft to make a monkey. We loved doing this one alongside the lion so we had a collection of Jungle Animal Crafts to go alongside our Under the Sea Crafts.

Ocean Themed Activities & Ideas for Toddlers

If your toddler is loving the jellyfish craft and would like to explore Under the Sea more check out some of our other Under the Sea and Ocean Themed Activities below.

Sea Turtle Journey - bringing the book alive through creative stamping using homemade stamps as part of Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum
Sea Turtle Stamps
Spin Art Rainbow Fish, art and craft activity for the favourite children's storybook The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Spin Art Fish Project
Inspired by the book Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle create beautiful colourful seahorses from torn paper and stencils in this simple art project.
Torn Paper Sea Horse

Make your own Sea Turtle Stamps for this book based under the sea activity for kids.

Use a salad spinner to create some interest patterns for this Spin Art Fish Craft.

Following on from the torn paper used here make torn paper sea horses inspired by Mister Sea Horse by Eric Carle.

Explore under the sea with your toddlers and preschoolers as a marine biologist and teachers shares her favourite ocean books to read together.
Ocean Themed Books for Toddlers & Preschoolers

We love combing activities and books so after making the Jellyfish here we read the Jellyfish poem in Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae, one of our favourite Ocean Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers.

If you are looking for just Jellyfish then check out these Jellyfish books for kids from 3 Boys and a Dog.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

5 Comments

  1. Cute! We did this by gluing colored construction paper strips to a paper plate and my daughter loved it! (The idea came to us on a rainy day as well). Then she played Twister with the remaining leftover plates – I’m sure your kids will love that idea, too 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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