Under the Sea Crafts and Learning Activities for Kids

How to Make Fish Crafts Learning Activities for Kids

Water Bottle Fish, Sock Sea Creatures, Octopus, X-ray Fish, a Math Game, Picture Frame, Puffer Fish, Fish Toy, Sea Turtle, Wind Mobile, Sponge Painting, Fish in a Fish Bowl, Changeable Fish in Water Picture, and a Sea Shell Macaroni Crab.

 

Rainbow Fish Puppet Made from Paper Cups for the Rainbow Fish Story

Rainbow Fish puppet cup craft for kids www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Two 9-oz. paper cups

Scissors

Brass Brads

Googly Eyes

Dot Color Coding Labels - Found at office supply store. You can also use the filler paper reinforcements.

Colored Paper

Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks

Hole punch

How to Make the Paper Cup Fish Puppets:

fish craft for Sunday School www.daniellesplace.com1. Cut the white rim off of one of the cups. This one will be used for the tail fins.

2. Punch two holes using a sharp object as close to the bottom of the cup as possible on opposite sides.

3. Punch two holes in the other cup as close to the top as possible on opposite sides.

4. Insert the tail cup into the fish-body cup matching up the holes.

Rainbow fish puppet craft made from paper cups www.daniellesplace.com5. Insert a brass brad into one of the holes on the fish-body cup and through the hole in the matching tail cup. Put your hand inside the tail cup and flatten out the brad. Do the same thing on the other side of the fish. If you do not have brads you can just glue the tail to the inside of the body with a low temp. glue gun.

6. Press the tail cup flat at the edge and cut it in the shape of a fin. Glue it closed with a low temp. glue gun.

7. Cut the side fins from matching paper or card stock, fold down the end, and glue it to the fish.

8. Decorate your fish with dot stickers or anything else you would like.

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The Rainbow Fish Children's Book Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea (Rainbow Fish (North-South Books))

 

Rainbow Fish Puppet Craft Variations Made by Users

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Paper Lunch Bag Fish with Posable Mouth

Pout-pout fish Craft - Paper Lunch Bag Fish with posable Mouth Craft from www.daniellesplace.comThese unique fish make fun toys for children of all ages. The mouths are made with Chenille stems so they can be posed into many different shapes.

They are a little difficult to make so younger Children will need help forming the bag into the fish shape, but they will enjoy painting, decorating, and posing the fish.

This is a great craft for large groups because they cost less than fifteen cents a piece to make!

What you will need:

Paper Lunch Bags

Chenille Stems

Water Color Paint and Paint Brushes

Scissors

Recycled Plastic Grocery Bag

2 oz. Bottle of Paint or Something Similar that is About 2 1/4" Wide

Masking TapePaper bag fish diagram

 

How to Make the Paper Bag Fish:

1. Stuff two plastic grocery bags into the bottom of the paper lunch bag. Gather up the bag just above the plastic bags. Pull up on the sides of the bag to make them straight.

2. Open the bag just enough to place the paint bottle into the center of the bag so that it is standing up. Gather up the bag again around the bottle and secure it with a Chenille stem.

3. Carefully bend down the top of the bag over the bottom of the bag bringing it down over the bottom of the bag as far as possible. Gather up the bag again around the bottom of the bag to form the fish shape and secure it with masking tape.

4. Remove the paint bottle.

5. Cut fish fins from another paper bag and glue them to the fish.

6. Paint the fish with water color paint or other paint and let it dry.

7. When the paint is dry carefully remove the plastic bags from the fishes mouth.

8. To finish glue on googly eyes.

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This craft can also be used to as a treat bag for a fish themed party. Stuff candy and small toys inside the mouth. They can hold a surprising amount of stuff!

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This craft would go great with the Pout-Pout Fish Books.

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School (Pout-Pout Fish Adventure) Smile, Pout-Pout Fish (Pout-Pout Fish The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark (Pout-Pout Fish Adventure)
The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School (Pout-Pout Fish Adventure) Smile, Pout-Pout Fish (Pout-Pout Fish
Board Books)
The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark (Pout-Pout Fish Adventure)

 

Craft Stick Tissue Paper Fish Craft

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What you will need:

Jumbo Colored Wood Craft Sticks or Natural Wood Jumbo Craft Stick

15 mm Wiggle Eyes or Larger

Acrylic Patio Paints and Paint Brushes

Tacky Glue

Pink & Green Leopard Print Tissue Paper and Animal Print Tissue form Hobby Lobby

Paper

Markers

Gems and other Decorative Items (Optional)

 

Craft Stick Fish Craft for Children from www.daniellesplace.comHow to Make the Craft Stick Fish:

1. Glue the craft sticks together using the pictures to the right as a guide.

2. Decide what tissue paper you would like to use and paint the craft stick fish to match the colors on the tissue paper.

3. Place the painted fish on a piece of paper tracing around the inside of the fish. Cut out the pattern adding one-half inch around the edges. Use the pattern to cut the shape from the tissue paper. Glue the tissue paper to the back of the fish.

4. To finish glue the wiggle eyes to the fish. Add other decorative items such as glitter or gems. Draw lines on the fins with a black marker.

5. Glue a string to the top of the fish to hang.

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Variations of the Craft Stick Fish Craft

Here are some creative ways followers have used the Craft Stick Fish Craft from our web site:

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Lake Shore Learning Store used the Craft Stick Fish Craft in their free craft classes for Kids Jessica Tennison used the Craft Stick Fish Craft to make Sea Life Pictures

We would love to see how you use this craft in your home school or craft classes. Send us a picture and we will publish it here.

Puffer Fish Paper Plate Craft

Paper Plate Puffer Fish www.daniellesplace.comTwo 6-inch Paper Plates

Kikkerland Polka Dot Paper Straws-Red

Patio Paint

Low Temp Mini Glue Gun

Small Wiggle Eyes

 

How to Make the Paper Plate Puffer Fish Craft:

1. To make the body place two 6-inch plates together, top to top. Cut three slits evenly spaced about two-inches long around the outside of the paper plate (See diagram).

(A pattern for the puffer fish is available to members.)puffer fish diagram

2. Separate the paper plates. Glue the sides of the slits on each paper plate together overlapping them about one inch at the edge making darts. Cut a mouth shape from one of the paper plates and then glue the two paper plates together to make the body.

3. Cut wing shapes from the sides of another paper plate and glue them to the body. (A pattern for the puffer fish is available to members.)

4. Paint the body and wings.

5. Cut the polka dot straws into two-inch lengths. Cut one end of each straw section into a point. Glue the pointed end closed and glue the straight end to the puffer fish body.

6. To finish glue one wiggle eyes.

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Paper Plate Puffer Fish Craft

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What you will need:

Two paper plates

Card Stock (Heavy Paper)

Paint

Glue

Scissors

 

How to Make the Puffer Fish Paper Plate Craft:

1. Fold back the top of a paper plate to make the puffer fish shape.

2. Cut the tail fin and other fins from the sides of another paper plate and glue them to the body paper plate.

3. Paint the fish and fins.

4. When the paint is dry cut spike shapes from card stock and glue them all over the body.

5. To finish glue on googly eyes or paint them on.

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Octopus Melted Styrofoam Cup Craft for Kids

Octopus Cup Craft for KidsWhat you will need:

Two- 8.5 oz. Styrofoam cups

Acrylic paint

Paint brushes

Googly eyes

Scissors

Glue

How to make:

1.  Cut the bottom off of one cup and cut slits about 1/2" apart from the bottom edge of the cup to about one inch from the rim.

2. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees (convection oven works best). 

3. Place the cut Styrofoam cup, rim side down, on an old cookie sheet. Turn on the oven light so you can see inside the oven. You should see the cup start to melt and the sides curl down in about 15 to 30 seconds or maybe a little longer. As soon as you see the legs start to curl down open the oven door and take out the cup. The cup will not be hot, but be very careful not to touch the sides of the oven. 

Make sure you turn on your oven vent and you have your windows open because the fumes from the melting cups probably aren't good to breath in. 

4. Glue the rim of the melted cup to the rim of another cup the same size to make the octopus.

5. To finish paint the octopus with acrylic paint, let dry and glue on googly eyes.

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Spotted Drinking Straw Octopus Craft for Kids

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What you will need:

Kikkerland Polka Dot Paper Straws

Low Temp Mini Glue Gun

Small Wiggle Eyes

Craft Foam

Sharpie Fine-Tip Permanent Marker

 

How to Make the Spotted Octopus:

1. Fold four polka dot straws in half and glue them together at the fold.

2. Print out the Octopus Pattern cut it out and use it as a template to cut two pieces from fun foam.

3. Glue the pieces together at the sides leaving the bottom open.

4. Glue the folded straws inside the octopus body.

5. Use permanent markers to draw spots on the body. To finish glue on wiggle eyes.

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Learn more about puffer fish on Animals Time web site.

Good Children's Books About Puffer Fish

Puffer's Surprise Life in a Coral Reef Puffer Fish

 

Humpback Whale Paper Plate Craft for Kids

Humpback Whale Paper Plate Craft for KidsWhat you will need:

Dinner-sized paper plates

Paint

Marker

Glue

Scissors.

How to Make a Paper Plate Humpback Whale :

1. To make the body of the humpback whale fold a dinner-sized paper plate in half.

2. Print out the Patterns for the flukes and flippers and cut them out. Place the fluke pattern in the middle of another paper plate and the flipper pattern on the sides of the fluke pattern. Place the flipper patterns on the paper plate so that the convex edge of the flipper pattern is on the fluted edge of the plate. There is only one flipper pattern so you will have to turn the pattern over and trace it on the other side of the plate to make the other flipper. Cut out the flipper and flukes.

3. Fold the fluke pattern in half, fold up the flukes as shown in the picture, and glue it closed. Glue the fluke to the folded body paper plate as shown in the picture. Glue the body paper plate closed.

4. Fold the end of each flipper and glue them on to each side of the body as shown in the picture.

5. Cut the folded side of the body paper plate so that there is a hump on top of the whale's head as shown in the picture.

6. Visit some web sites with pictures of humpback whales and then paint the whale, let it dry and then draw in details with a marker.

Enchanted Learning Web Site has a printable humpback whale information sheet.
National Geographic has great pictures and information about whales.
American Cetacean Society also has great information about humpback whales.

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Water Bottle Fish Craft for Children

 

Rainbow Fish Craft - Twisted Water Bottle Fish Craft from www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Plastic Water Bottle (The thinnest water bottle you can find)

Tissue Paper

Scissors

White Glue

Paint Brush

Colored Paper for the Fins

Acrylic Paint (Optional)

 

How to Make the Twisted Water Bottle Fish:

water bottle fish diagram1. Remove the label from the water bottle. If the lable doesn't come off easily, you can fill the bottle with hot water, let it set for a few minutes, and then try to pull it off. The hot water loosens the glue. (Make sure you use the really thin water bottles. They are mucheasier to twist.)

2. Hold the bottom of the bottle with one hand and grasp the bottle about two inches up from the bottom with your other hand. Twist the bottle like you would a balloon to make the tail fin. (See the picture to the right.)

3. Insert a pen or something long and skinny inside the bottle to punch out any areas that were dented in when you twisted the bottle. (You can also blow into the twisted water bottle like you would a balloon to get out any dents. Hold the twisted end so that it doesn't untwist while blowing.)

4. Cut pieces of tissue paper into one-inch squares or irregular shapes.

5. Paint white glue on the bottle and stick the tissuepaper squares on the glue to cover the entire bottle.

6. Cut fins from colored paper and glue to the fish to finish.

*If you have children who do not like to glue, or you don't want the mess, you can just have your children drop the cup pieces of tissue into the bottle and then twist the bottom of the bottle.

Fish Craft - Twisted Water Bottle Fish Craft for Kids from www.daniellesplace.comAnother fun way to make these is to have your children drip different colors of acrylic paint into the mouth of the bottles.

First twist the bottle, and then untwist it. Let paint drip down into the bottle and then move it around so that the paint makes interesting shapes. Add more colors to get the variegated effect.

If your paint is too thick you can add a little water, but you don't want it too thin either because the colors will become muddied.

When the paint starts to dry re-twist the bottles to make the fish shape.

 

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Kathy Hutto used the water bottle fish craft to teach children about how Jesus chose his disciples. She attached the fish to a fishing line with the Bible verse. You can find other ideas on her blog.

 

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Sock Sea Creatures

Sock Whale CraftWhat you will need:

Socks - Children's stretchy socks in a variety of colors and designs, the stretchier the better. I used socks that were 75% cotton, 22% polyester and 3% spandex from K-mart. They were on sale, 3 pairs for 50 cents, Poly-fil - for stuffing the socks, Tiny rubber bands, Eyes, Scissors, and a low temp. glue gun.

How to Make Sock Sea Creatures:

Sock White Whale

Stuff the a sock almost all the way to the top. Tie off the cuff with a rubber band to make the whale's tail. The top of the head is the heel of the sock. Push in the toe of the sock to make the mouth and glue it shut. Cut fins from fun foam and glue on. To finish glue on eyes.

 

Fish Sock CraftSock Fish

Stuff the a sock almost all the way to the top. Tie off the cuff with a rubber band to make the tail. The top of the head is the heel of the sock. Cut off the toe of the sock, take out extra stuffing, and then roll the cut end up to make the lips. Glue them closed. Cut fins from fun foam and glue on. Add spots with a magic marker, and glue on eyes.

 

Sock Octopus Craft for KidsSock Octopus

Cut the sock off the heel and cuff of the sock. Stuff the toe with fiber fill and then use a rubber band to tie it off. Cut slits in the top of the rest of the sock for the legs. Glue on eyes and use a magic marker to draw the nose.

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Math Fun with X-ray Fish

math fun xray fishChildren help the X-Ray find the answer to math problems by moving the X-ray fish picture over another sheet of paper with numbers printed on it until the correct number appears in the bubble. .

How to Make this Math Game: Draw a picture of a fish with bubbles and a seascape or use clip art. Color the sea floor with crayons. Cut out the large bubble in front of the fish's mouth. This next step is optional. Place the picture on top of a piece of paper towel. Use a Q-tip or brush to cover the picture with oil. Don't cover the bones with oil. Wipe the excess oil off the picture. This will make the picture a little see through which will help your child find the numbers easier.

Decide which math facts your child needs to review. Write the problems out or use flash cards. Then write the solutions to the problems in the center of a blue sheet of paper. Show your child one flash card at a time and tell him to help the x-ray fish find the answer by moving the paper over the answer sheet until the number appears in the bubble. If the child finds the correct number, give him a fishy cracker or a couple of crackers (Use the colored fish). When you have finished reviewing, have your child make a graph showing how many of each fish he has collected.

A pattern for this craft is available on the ABC, I Believe Lessons in the X lesson.

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"Searching for Treasure" Math Game

This game can be used for any level. Just write the math problems your child is reviewing on the outside of the oysters. Hide a small treat behind one or more of the oysters. Your child then points to one of the oysters, answers the equation, and opens it up to see if he is correct and maybe find a treasure. Go to the Educational Math Crafts and Activities Page for direction to this game.

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Free Stuffed Paper Sea Turtle Craft

sea turtle craft www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Paper, paper glue, scissors, stapler, crayons or markers, fiber fill, poster board or something similar.

How to make:

1. Print out the patterns for the Turtle's Shell, Turtle's Head, Flippers and Tail and Belly. (Printing Problems?)

 

 

2. Cut out the patterns and glue the flippers onto poster board with paper glue and then cut them out again. Use the stomach and tail pattern to trace the outline onto poster board and then cut it out.

3. Color all the body parts.

4. Cut the shell at the back, front and sides where indicated.  Fold the flaps back at the fold lines.  Turn the shell over and staple the darts closed on the solid lines. Carefully turn the shell right side out.

5. Staple the the back and front flippers in place.

Paper Turtle Craft6. To assemble the head fold all the flaps back and then place glue on flap A. Glue flap A under flap B. Place glue on flap D and glue under flap C.  Place glue on flap E and glue under flap F.

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7. Fold on the dotted lines so that the two triangles Paper Sea Turtle Craft www.daniellesplace.comat the bottom are folded up.

8. Staple the shell onto the stomach starting at the back or tail area. Then staple both sides and fill in all the way around the turtle. Leave the neck area open and stuff with fiber fill. 

9. Staple the head on where indicated and staple the shell to close it up. 

10. To finish fold down the flippers.

The pattern to the right is a little easier than the first pattern. The head is only folded in the center. The shell can be glued to snack-sized paper plates that have been glued together top to top.

Shell Pattern, Head, Feet, and Tail Pattern

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Turtle and Tortoise Writing Sheets

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Use these writing sheets with your studies to write facts or stories about tortoises and turtles.

Or have your children use both writing sheets and compare tortoises to turtles.

These printouts are available to members.

 

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Bubble Wrap Design Sea Turtle Craft for Kids

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What you will need:

Plastic Bubble Wrap - both the small and larger bubbles

Acrylic Paint

Paint Roller or Large Paint Brush - at least 1 1/2" wide

Card Stock - heavy paper

Scissors and Glue

How to Make the Sea Turtle Craft:

1. Cut the bubble wrap the same size as your paper.

2. Print out the Sea Turtle Patterns onto card stock. (Available to members only.) If you do not have a pattern just draw the parts on the paper.

2. Squirt paint into a container and fill your brush or paint roller with paint.

3. Spread the paint over the bumpy side of the bubble wrap.

4. Place the painted side of the bubble wrap on the pattern paper and press down on the bubble wrap to press the paint onto the paper. Use the large-bubble bubble wrap for the turtle's shell pattern and the small-bubble bubble wrap on the feet and head pattern.

5. Slowly peel the bubble wrap off the pattern paper and let the paint dry.

6. You can add another color over the first color after the first colored has dried.

7. When the paint is dry cut out the sea turtle parts and glue them together.

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Changeable Fish in Water Picture

Danielle loved this project so much that she had me make a seashore all the way around the edge of the picture. She picked out turtles, and birds, and frogs to put on the shore. She even had  one of the shore birds standing up.

Fish in Water Picture CraftWhat you will need: Two pieces of blue construction paper, pictures of fish, glue, crayons or markers, scissors with a wave pattern, scissors, glue.

How to make:

 1. To make the water fold one paper in half. Cut slits about 3/4 of an inch apart using the wave pattern scissors down the length of the paper starting at the fold. Do not cut all the way to the end. When you open up the paper you should have slits across the length of the paper all in a row. Now glue the paper to just another piece of blue paper around the edges. The children should be able to stick the fish and boat inside the slits.

2. Print out the Sea Creature Pictures. Have your children color the pictures and cut them out. If you have children that can draw fairly well, have them draw their own fish and boat.  For younger children you may want to have the fish and boat pictures already cut out. Just  have them color the pictures and place them in the waves.  (Printing Problems?)

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Comments:

(I thought that this was a cute little thing for my children to do. I thought that this would look more life like if you glued some sand (gathered from a beach or local park) to the bottom of the page and perhaps some tiny seashells you can purchase or find at the beach. Thank you for all your great ideas Jennifer

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Crab Craft Made with Sea Shell Macaroni

This cute little crab was made from sea shell macaroni and pipe cleaners.

pasta crabWhat you will need: Sea shell macaroni, pipe cleaners, red paint, glue gun, and tiny sea shells.

How to make:

1. Paint the macaroni red and let it dry.

2. Cut pipe cleaners in half and glue to the under side of the shell.

3. Glue two tiny sea shells to the two front legs for claws.

4. To finish, glue the eyes to the shell.

5. Make a crab habitat by decorating a small heavy duty paper plate with paint and colored sand or (colored salt) or maybe some small sea shells or rocks or aquarium rocks.

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Crab Craft Made with Plastic Spoons and Forks

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What you will need:

Two regular-sized plastic spoons and forks

Two Mini Plastic Spoons - You can find these at party stores. They are used for cocktails and desserts.

Spray Paint

Low Temp. Glue Gun

Lighter with a Long Handle

Drinking Straw and two black eyes or beads for the eyes.

 

How to Make The Crab from Plastic Spoons:

1. Cut the handles off the two regular-sized spoons. Melt the cut edges with a lighter just until the plastic is bendable. Bend them slightly to flatten them out so that they fit on top of each other to form the crab's body. You must work quickly because they cool within a few seconds. Glue the two spoons together at the sides (See picture.)

2. Cut the ends off the two forks and heat them up to flatten them. Press them against a table while they are still hot to flatten. Heat up the tines and spread them apart. Glue the fork ends to the bottom of the crab body.

3. To make the pinchers bend the mini plastic spoons where the spoon parts attach to the handles. Heat up the area with a lighter until the spoons ends start to bend. Hold them in place until they have cooled. Glue the pinchers to the body just above the legs.

4. Cut two short pieces of drinking straw and glue them to the body to make the eyestalks.

5. Spray paint the body and then glue tiny black eyes or beads to the end of the straw pieces for the eyes.

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Crab Paper Plate Craft

Paper Plate Crab Craft Kids Can Make www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Two 9-inch Paper Plates

Two 6-inch Paper Plates

Orange Patio Paint

Orange Card Stock

Orange Bendable Jumbo Straws

Orange Pipe Cleaner

Black Beads

 

How to Make the Paper Plate Crab Craft:

crab diagram1. Cut a three-inch slit from the edge of a 9-inch paper plate toward the center of the plate. Overlap the edges formed by the slit about one inch and glue the together to make a dart.

2. Glue another paper plate around the edge, top to top, to the cut paper plate starting from the opposite side of the slit. Glue around to the sides bringing the edges together. The bottom plate will bend slightly. (See diagram.)

3. Cut around the edge of the bottom paper plate to match the top plate.

4. Glue two 6-inch paper plates together, top to top. Cut claw shapes from the sides. Cut the end off of one claw shape and glue it inside the other claw shape. Glue an orange straw to the claw shape. Glue the other end to the inside of the crabs body paper plates on one side. Make another claw the same way. (A pattern for the claws is available to members.)

5. Glue the body paper plates closed.

6. Draw crab legs onto orange card stock, cut them out, and then glue them to the bottom of the crabs body. (A pattern for the legs is available to members.)

7. To finish cut short pieces of orange straw for the eye stocks and glue them to the body. Glue a black bead to the ends of the eye stocks.

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Pop Bottle Goldfish Craft

pop bottle fish

What you will need:

2 liter empty pop bottle

glue gun with low temp. glue

orange paper 3/4 inch

eyes or black marker

white glue

Dremel tool or something to cut the pop bottle string to hang fish

 

How to make:

bottle1. Remove the little ring left on the bottle when the cap is removed. With a Dremel tool cut off the bottle top at the place where the ring was (where the bottle gets wider).

2. Cut the bottom off the bottle with scissors.

bottle2 3. Cut the bottle in the shape of a fish as shown. Squeeze the cut sides together and glue them together as much as possible using low temp glue. It doesn't have to be perfect because it will be covered with paper. Glue a string to the top of the body so you can hang it up.

4. Tear strips of gold or orange paper one inch wide by about 4 or 5 inches wide. Soak the paper strips in a solution of 1/2 water and 1/2 white glue.

5. Drape the wet paper over the fish body covering the whole body. You may want to hang up the fish for this process or just do one side of the fish at a time. Wrap paper over the fishes lips and tuck into the hole.
6. To finish the body rip paper into small pieces 1" x 1". Soak in glue/water solution. Starting at the mouth glue pieces on the body overlapping each piece as you go around and down the body. These will look like scales.

7. Print out the fin patterns Pattern 1 and Pattern 2 (Printing Problems?) and trace onto the orange paper. Cut them out. Fold each piece like a fan following the lines on the pattern. Glue to the body.

8. Glue on the eyes.

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L'oreal Goldfish Craft

These fish cost less than a dollar to make. The L'oreal Kid's shampoo bottles come in different colors so you can make some different types of fish. 

L'oreal goldfish craftWhat you will need: L'oreal kid's shampoo bottle, glue  gun with low temp glue, orange Fun Foam, 3/4 inch eye, or a black marker.


How to make:

1. Cut two pieces of orange fun foam to cover the L'oreal labels on the bottle.  You can leave the eye showing on the front of the bottle or cover it and glue on your own eyes.

2.  Print out the fin patterns Pattern 1 and Pattern 2 (Printing Problems?) and trace onto the orange fun foam.  Cut them out and cut slits in the foam where indicated on the pattern.  Glue to the body.

3.  Glue on a black string to the top to hang.

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Plastic Milk Jug Whale Craft

Plastic Milk Jug whaleThis whale is easy to make.  All you need is a clean plastic milk jug, a knife and scissors, black permanent marker and some low temp glue or glue that will work on plastic.

How to make:

1. Draw the mouth shape as shown around the bottom of the milk jug with a marker (use a marker that will wipe off in case you make a mistake). Poke a whole in the marked line with a knife so that you will be able to insert your scissors.  Cut out the mouth in one piece.  This piece will be used for the whale's fin. 

plastic milk jusg whale craft tail2. Cut two slits in the screw top so that you will be able to insert the fin.

3. Shape the mouth piece to cut it into a fin shape as shown in the diagram.

4. Insert the fin into the two slits you made on the milk jug and glue it in place.

5. Use a permanent black marker to trace around the mouth, draw in eyes, and lines on the fin.

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Nancie Gordom sent me these comments after trying this craft with her class:   I used the whales yesterday and they were a huge success with both the children and adults. I knew the kidos would like anything that involved "throw" as Jonah into the whale. I sprayed mine with silver paint which didn't take long and worked well. Not only did the kid have a terrific time I feel sure they will never forget the story of Jonah and the whale. Thanks for your help Nancie.

 

Under the See Crafts Ideas on Other Web Sites:

Ocean Diorama from Enchanted Learning.com - Just print out the patterns of the whales and tie them inside a box decorated to look like the sea.

Artist's Helping Kids - Has lots of links to site with Ocean Crafts, Aquatic Crafts, and Sea Life.

Making Friends.com - Has fishing crafts, under the sea crafts, sea life creatures, fish crafts and even a mermaid paper doll. I must see page!

Kaboose.com - has Under the Sea printable coloring sheets.

 

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