Ocean Craft Ideas

Sea Urchins:
Use hardening clay and toothpicks. Dye the toothpicks purple or a dark blue. Also color the dough. Break the toothpicks in half and stick the broken ends into the clay. Cover the top and sides with toothpicks. Leave on a plate to dry. 

Underwater Collages:
Have the children layer different tissue paper on a
construction paper background with liquid starch.
When dry,
draw on underwater shapes and add stickers. 

Stuffed Fish:
Cut a large fish pattern from two pieces of colored
cellophane and punch holes around the edge. Stuff with small
pieces of shiny paper and sew around the edges. You can do
the same with paper patterns. 

Paper Bag Fish:
Lay a plain paper bag down flat. Leave the bottom
folded up and fold in the corners of the bottom of the bag
and staple in place to form the fishes snout. Loosely stuff
the sack with scrap paper and close the end with a rubber
band. Slide it up a couple of inches and spread out the end
to make the tail. Let the children paint their fish any way
they want. 

Paper Plate Octopus:
Cut a paper plate in half. Draw eyes on the plate,
and then glue on eight pieces of crepe paper as arms. When
dry hang in a window to see the octopus swim. 

Paper Plate Fish:
Draw a triangle mouth shape on a paper plate. Have
your child cut out the triangle and have them glue it on the
fish as a tail. Let the child decorate the fish. 

Jellyfish Windsock:
Take two clear kitchen trash bags, crumple one of the
bags into a ball and stuff it into the corner of the other
bag. Tape around the bottom of the ball to form a neck. Cut
part of the trash bag hanging down into long strips to make
tentacles. Push a string through the neck of the jellyfish
and tie the two ends together to make a hanger for the
windsock. To make fish to get caught in the tentacles cut
two identical shapes from cleat contact paper. Peel the
backing off one shape and decorate with colored tissue paper
and sequins. Cut out an eye and add a pupil. Cover the
decorated fish with the other piece on contact paper. Staple
the fish to the tentacles.
Sea Turtles:
Paint the outside of a paper bowl to resemble a
turtle shell. Glue on construction paper legs, tail, and
head. 

Aquarium Crayon Resists:
Draw a picture with crayons, pressing hard. Cover
the picture with a wash of blue watercolor.
Fish Prints:
Order a fancy fish from the grocery store or pick one
up at an Asian market. Paint the fish with paints, from head
to tail so as not to disturb the scales and then press on a
large piece of paper. Use acrylic paint to print on fabric.
Minnows:
Purchase minnows from a bait store to put in your
sensory table with cold water. Stress the importance of
being gentle and following directions. Wash hands after this
activity. 

Sand Cups:
2 C. milk
1 small package of vanilla pudding mix
8-oz. tub of whipped topping
1 box vanilla wafers
Pour 2 C. milk into a large bowl. Add
pudding mix and beat until blended. Let stand 5 minutes.
Stir in whipped topping and half a package of crushed vanilla
wafers. Place 1 T. of crushed cookies into each clear
plastic cup. Fill cups full with pudding mixture. Top
with remaining crushed wafers. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

SHELL COLLECTION: Allow the students to bring their private
collection of shells, but make the rule that the collection must be made
into a "display". That means that the collections must be arranged on a
tray, a plate, inside a box, however the student chooses, and his/her name
must be on a place card on the display. This allows the students to share a
variety of shells and yet keep them separate.

FISH PIN: Make a dough from 2c. flour, 1c. salt, and 1c. warm water. Use
a mini fish cookie cutter purchased from a craft store to cut a fish for each
student. Use acrylic craft paint to paint the fish. When it is dry, the
students can glue on a tiny wiggly eye, and add detail lines with colored
glue applied with a toothpick. When the fish is dry, glue on a pin backing,
and wear with pride!

OCEAN NECKLACE: Purchase aquatic beads from a craft store
(Wal-Mart), along with white, gold, or colored beads, and elastic silver
cord. Cut a necklace length of cord for each student. Tape one end to the
work table. Display a pictorial which tells the student how many of each
bead he may use and in what order. The student follows the guide
matching the number and sequence of beads. Tie off the ends, wear, and
look 'swimmingly good'!