Summer Craft- Ocean Creatures

Continuing with our ocean theme, this week my SURF Club girls made three kinds of ocean creatures- jellyfish, crabs, and sea turtles.

Jellyfish, sea turtles, and crabs, oh my!

The idea for the jellyfish came from my husband’s desire to use up left over bowls after a family event. When I showed him a similar picture from Pinterest, he exclaimed, “Someone stole my idea!” So I’m giving him the credit for these as he had every detail planned out in his head. πŸ™‚

For the jellyfish craft I supplied:

  • foam bowls
  • paint and paint brushes
  • string
  • large googly eyes
  • craft glue (we used a hot glue gun to attach the eyes easier)
  • ribbon gift bows and curling ribbon
  • scissors
  • scotch tape

First the girls painted the outside of their bowls. Then they glued on a pair of big googly eyes. To string the top, I poked a pin-sized hole in the middle and created a loop, taping the ends to the inside of the bowl. I had both premade ribbon bowls and curling ribbon for the girls to attach to the inside, allowing the ends to dangle down. Easy peasy! Great for all ages.

For the sea turtle craft I supplied:

  • dessert size paper plates
  • paint and paint brushes
  • craft foam
  • scissors
  • googly eyes
  • craft glue
  • brads

First the girls painted and decorated the outside of their plates. I had pre-cut some green craft foam for the younger girls. Older girls could choose to use my templates to cut their own head, flippers, and tail. I thought it’d be fun to attach the front flippers (at least) with brads so they could move. Other parts were attached with glue. Googly eyes were glued to the head.

For the crab craft I supplied:

  • snack cups (I bought these from the party store)
  • paint and paint brushes
  • googly eyes
  • craft glue (we used a hot glue gun to make it easier)
  • chenille stems
  • scotch tape (optional)

Note- I’ve seen these made with cut foam cups and that might be more durable for little hands, but I thought I was being so clever with the nut cups, and for the most part they worked great. I told the girls to paint them lightly and one thing I learned was that it was easier to poke the necessary holes before painting. First the girls painted the outside of the cups. Then they cut pieces from chenille stem. Each crab needed six legs and two pinchers. Googly eyes were glued to the top of two more pieces of chenille stem. I found that taping the chenille stem ends on the inside of the cup made it more durable for playing.

All my girls of all ages enjoyed making these sea creatures and the supplies were pretty simple. Sometimes the simplest crafts are the best!

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