One of our last themes for our school year is the ocean. Most of our preschoolers have visited the beach, so this theme is very meaningful to them. This year we added the most beautiful watercolor jellyfish craft to our art table.
BUT, if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know I am not really keen on crafts. I really want as much process art as possible. So, I found a way to do that with this.
There’s lots of squirting glue.
There’s pressing as many tissue paper squares onto that glue as possible.
There’s squirting watercolors onto coffee filters for the tentacles.
Okay, that last one? That was truly the biggest hit to this art activity. Give any child a spray bottle and you will see delight. Huge delight.
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Watercolor Jellyfish Craft
What we used:
Plastic lids (we happened to have some from a previous project)
Liquid watercolors (we used blue and green)
Setting it up:
Cut the coffee filters into strips. We only used the parts with the folds.
We chose blue and white tissue paper squares and placed them on the art table along with glue and the plastic lids. We turned the lids upside down so they were more like a bowl.
Squirt or brush glue on the inside of the plastic lid.
Then press the tissue paper squares on top of the glue.
It’s okay if your children don’t cover all of the plastic lid. In fact, none of ours did.
Spraying the Tentacles:
Now for the fun part. Trust me. Have you ever handed a preschooler a spray bottle? Yep, it’s that much loved.
I placed our paper strips in a container with sides, to contain the spray. Well, most of it. There were some sprays that went beyond the container. We put blue in one spray bottle and green in another. Remove the strips from the container and set on a tray to dry. We leave ours crumpled up for a nicer effect.
Assembling the jellyfish:
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