Summer Activities: Jellyfish Craft

Cute crafts created by students

This Jellyfish Craft is a great summer activity for those awful rainy days that just don’t seem to go away. You and your child can have a blast making this craft while working on language skills, following directions, reading comprehension, and fine motor skills. These skills are targeted in both speech and occupational therapy. When you are done, you can use your jellyfish to make a puppet show or use it as a main character in an exciting story!

Cool Facts About Jellyfish

  • Jellyfish do not have bones, a brain, blood or a heart!
  • To catch dinner, jellyfish use their stinging tentacles.
  • Jellyfish eat plants, small crabs, fish or shrimp.
  • These mushy creatures have been around even before the dinosaurs.
  • Jellyfish can be clear or be vibrant colors such as pink. Some are even bioluminescent. This means they can produce their own light.

Materials

  • Paper plates
  • Googly eyes
  • Tissue paper/paint/dotters
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Hole Puncher
  • Glue
  • *Hot Glue (Parent supervision advised!)

Steps

1. Draw a squiggly line near the bottom of the paper plate and cut along the line. This will be the bottom of the jellyfish.

2. There are three options when coloring your jellyfish. The first one is to use color dotters. Using the dotter tool on a vertical or inclined surface promotes shoulder stability and fine motor skills. The next option is to tear tissue paper into small pieces. These pieces will then be glued onto the plate. Tearing the paper helps the individual practice controlling small muscles in their hand. Also, tearing this fine paper requires the assistance of the non-dominate hand which helps with holding paper while writing or cutting. The last option is to get artistic and messy with paint!

3. Next, use the hole puncher to create holes along the squiggly line. You can create as many or as little as you want. Using the hole puncher enhances grip strength and promotes the development of hand arches.

4. Then, cut the yarn into 20-inch strips. This number can be adjusted based on preference. One way to make this step go by quicker, is by using the first string as a ruler for the rest. You will need to cut at least one string per hole.

5. Next, tie a string into each hole. This step facilitates bilateral integration. This is the ability to coordinate both sides of the body in a controlled and organized manner. Also, this motion can be great practice for tying shoes!

6. Finally, it is time to decorate! Add the googly eyes on using the hot glue gun. Make sure to have an adult supervise this step! Create a funny face and use your imagination!