Printable Paper Jellyfish Craft for Kids

Kick start a summer craft session with this printable paper jellyfish craft for kids. The jellyfish wobble, bounce and swim, making this under sea craft super fun and engaging #artycraftykids #underthesea #kidscrafts

This Printable Paper Jellyfish Craft for Kids is the perfect craft for Summer, where all things under the sea and ocean animals becomes hot topic within the classroom.

This is such a fun and engaging craft, and kids will love how their jellyfish literally POP from the page and swim!

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The swimming Jellyfish are easy to make, with simple shapes to encourage even the smallest children to have a go at cutting for themselves.

Kick start a summer craft session with this printable paper jellyfish craft for kids. The jellyfish wobble, bounce and swim, making this under sea craft super fun and engaging #artycraftykids #underthesea #kidscrafts

The process of tearing, sticking, folding and cutting is great for exercising fine motor skills, although they may need some assistance with a few of the elements.

The craft can also be adapted for children of all ages and for teachers who may like to simplify the craft for the classroom. For example, my five year old daughter decided to stick the jellyfish directly to the under the sea backdrop and replaced the paper eyes with googly eyes.

Materials for Printable Paper Jellyfish Craft for Kids:

White & Blue Card Stock
Blue & Yellow Paper
Paint (watercolours or ready-mix)
Yarn
Ribbon
Scissors
Glue Stick

Printable Jellyfish Template:

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To create a complete ocean scene, download (from the members area) some fishy friends for the Jellyfish!

Build an under the sea aquarium with our printable fish templates.

Check out the Video Tutorial:

How to Make 3D Swimming Jellyfish:

Printable jellyfish template for kids to colour, cut and assemble.

Step 1:

Download and print the Swimming Jellyfish Template from the Arty Crafty Kids club.

Select ‘fit to page’ and print the template onto white card stock.

NB: Refer to your printer settings for a recommend weight. Most printers like the card stock to weigh under 160 gsm.

Printable jellyfish template for kids to colour, cut and assemble.

Step 2:

Paint and cut out the jellyfish elements.

Watercolour paint dries quickly and often produces vibrant colours (this of course depends on the brand).

However, if you don’t have any watercolour paint to hand, try regular ready-mix or simply colour in the template with pens or crayons.

Alternatively, simply print the template onto coloured card and trace the seaweed onto green paper.

Create a paper under the sea background using torn paper and elements from our printable resources within the members area.

The Under the Sea Background

Step 1:

Tear a sheet of light blue paper into strips.

Align the straight edges and glue a few strips to the dark blue card stock.

The contrast of blue paper creates an effective under the sea backdrop for our swimming jellyfish.

Create a paper under the sea background using torn paper and elements from our printable resources within the members area.

Step 2:

Complete the under the sea background with some wavy sand (yellow paper) and the seaweed.

Glue the paper eyes to the printable jellyfish template.

Let’s Make the Swimming Jellyfish!

Step 1:

Glue the eyes to the jellyfish bodies.

Attach ribbon and yarn to the printable jellyfish template.

Step 2:

Apply a layer of glue along the wavy jellyfish bottoms.

Add a row of (pre-cut) ribbon and yarn.

The process of cutting and sticking in a line is great for hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills!

Let's make an accordion fold. The process of folding paper is great for exercising fine motor skills.

The Accordion Fold

Step 3:

Take the two strips and position them in a 90° angle as shown above. Glue the connecting papers together.

Fold the bottom strip over the top and crease the fold along the edge. This will make the accordion fold tight!

Let's make an accordion fold. The process of folding paper is great for exercising fine motor skills.

Step 4:

Continue this process until all the is paper has been folded.

Seal the ends with glue.

Kick start a summer craft session with this printable paper jellyfish craft for kids. The jellyfish wobble, bounce and swim, making this under sea craft super fun and engaging #artycraftykids #underthesea #kidscrafts

Step 5:

Attach one of the end of folded paper to any where on the under the sea backdrop.

Kick start a summer craft session with this printable paper jellyfish craft for kids. The jellyfish wobble, bounce and swim, making this under sea craft super fun and engaging #artycraftykids #underthesea #kidscrafts

Step 10:

Add a dab of glue to the top of the accordion fold and place the jellyfish on top, giving it a push to ensure it’s secure.

Kick start a summer craft session with this printable paper jellyfish craft for kids. The jellyfish wobble, bounce and swim, making this under sea craft super fun and engaging #artycraftykids #underthesea #kidscrafts

The Printable Paper Jellyfish craft for kids is now complete!

I hope your Arty Crafty Kids enjoy the process of making their swimming jellyfish.

Here at Arty Crafty Kids we love our under the sea crafts and have a growing library of colourful ocean animals to make.

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