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Paper Jellyfish craft for kids [Printable Jellyfish template]

Created By: Ria   |   Updated: February 20, 2024   |   View Our Disclosure Policy

Looking for an easy ocean animal craft to do this summer? This paper jellyfish craft is a perfect craft activity to keep your kids busy on a lazy summer day.

It is a great under the sea craft to make with preschoolers, kindergarteners, and school-age kids.

It comes with a jellyfish printable template that you can cut out and glue together. There is plenty of cutting and gluing involved. This means it is an excellent craft to work on kids’ scissor skills and fine motor skills! Add this craft idea to your summer camp craft list and kids will have lots of fun making this beautiful jellyfish craft!

The jellyfish’s tentacles are made of colorful paper chains which look super cute when the kids wiggle it. You can also make it a hanging jellyfish craft by making a loop using yarn and sticking it behind the jellyfish head.

Looking for more summer craft ideas? Check out these fun summer craft ideas for kids of all ages.

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Supplies you need to make a Paper Jellyfish craft for kids

  • Jellyfish printable ( Purchase in our shop )
  • White A4 cardstock (to print the Jellyfish’s head)
  • A4 Construction papers of different colors to make the paper chains.
  • Watercolor (or crayons or color pencils)
  • Yarn and clear tape(optional, only if you want to make it a hanging jellyfish)
  • Stapler (optional)

Tutorial-How to make paper jellyfish

Purchase the jellyfish template from our shop. Download and print the jellyfish template on A4 cardstock.

Kids can now color in the jellyfish’s head and the wavy layer that comes below it. We used green and yellow watercolor for painting our jellyfish template. You can also use crayons, color pencils, etc.

Cut out the parts-head, wavy layer, and the eyes. Apply glue on the top rectangle part of the wavy layer. Stick the jellyfish head to this rectangle with the wavy layer coming below. Stick two eyes on the jellyfish’s face.

download and color in the jellyfish craft template to make the paper jellyfish craft

Let’s make the paper chains now. Print the last page of the jellyfish template on A4 construction papers of different colors (if you want a multicolored chain). We used yellow, light green, and dark green papers for our paper chain. You can also print it on white paper and color it.

Now cut out the rectangles from the template. This gives an excellent exercise for those little hands to practice their scissor skills. Kids may still need adult help for this part depending on their age and skill level. They may not come out as perfect rectangles which is okay.

Cut out more rectangles if you want a longer paper chain.

How to make a paper chain

Once you have enough paper strips, let’s start making the paper chains.

Take one paper strip and glue or staple the ends together to form a loop. Now, take a second strip and insert it through the loop. Glue or staple its ends together to form an interconnected loop. Now, take a third paper strip and thread it through the second loop. Again, glue or staple the ends of the third paper strip to form a third loop. Continue this until you are happy with the length of the paper chain. We used 9 to 12 paper strips for one paper chain.

To stick the paper chain to the jellyfish’s head, thread a paper strip through the first loop of the paper chain and glue the ends together to form a leaf-kind of shape, instead of a circle.

Make paper chains for the jellyfish's tentacles

Stick the leaf-shaped loop on the back of the jellyfish’s head.

Make three or four more paper chains the same way. Threading the paper strips and sticking them together give good fine motor practice for kids. Making paper chains can be a great family activity too. Smaller kids can help pick the paper strips while grown-ups make the loops.

Once you have made the paper chains, glue them behind the jellyfish head. And that’s it. You have made a beautiful jellyfish craft.

Stick the paper chains behind the jellyfish's head

We made two of them. Aren’t they so pretty? You can also hang it like a windchime by sticking a loop of yarn behind it.

Stick a yarn behind the jellyfish head and make a hanging jellyfish craft.

More sea animal crafts for kids

We have even more sea animal crafts for kids to enjoy! These crafts let your children explore the amazing world of sea creatures through art and creativity.

Heart Jellyfish Valentine’s day craft – If you are looking for an ocean-themed Valentine’s Day craft, this heart Jellyfish is perfect. It’s a craft that combines the love of sea animals with the warmth of Valentine’s Day! Kids will love to paint colorful paper hearts and stick them on the Jellyfish’s face and tentacles.

Paper chain Octopus – We’ve got a fantastic paper chain octopus craft that kids are sure to enjoy making! It’s a super fun and easy craft project that lets your children create their very own octopus friends out of colorful paper. Kids can make colorful paper chain arms for the octopus while working on their scissors skills and fine motor skills.

Handprint turtle craft – Handprint crafts are some of the most popular and fun projects that kids can make. Creating a handprint turtle craft is an easy activity for children that captures their precious tiny hands. Preschoolers, kindergarteners, and young school kids alike will love making this handprint turtle.

Egg carton shark – If you liked this paper jellyfish craft, check out this recycled ocean animal craft which is another great under-the-sea craft project! It’s not only fun but also a great way to help our environment.

Easy ocean animal crafts – If your kids love the ocean and enjoy being creative, there are even more exciting craft ideas for them. Check out our collection of easy ocean animal crafts that are perfect for children to make and have a blast with.

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Hannah says

June 29, 2021 at 9:14 pm

Signed up to newsletter but no clear way to access printable library. Can’t see it anywhere.

June 29, 2021 at 9:50 pm

After you sign up for the newsletters, you would’ve got an email with a link and password to access the printable library. Once you open the printable library, you will see our jellyfish template placed under the section- ‘summer’. Please feel free to reach out again if you are still facing issues.

Thanks, Ria

joanna says

April 23, 2022 at 11:45 pm

is the jellyfish template still in stock? i cant find it.

Katherine says

August 28, 2021 at 4:42 am

this jellyfish craft is perfect for my ocean animals theme! thanks!

August 28, 2021 at 8:26 pm

You are welcome, Katherine! Glad to know you liked our Jellyfish craft 🙂

Kristine Choe says

September 17, 2021 at 7:02 am

This looks fun!

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Easy Jellyfish Craft For Kids [Free Template]

how to make a paper jellyfish

Aren’t jellyfish some of the coolest ocean animals around?

Granted, we don’t want to be stung by any, but they’re almost magical! If you’re searching for an easy jellyfish craft for kids to make at home or in the classroom, this one is perfect.

And, if your kids love this craft, be sure to check out all of our jellyfish activities .

It doesn’t require any fancy supplies and it’s quick to make! This means it’s great for making with preschoolers, pre k, and kindergarten children.

Read our simple tutorial or watch our quick video to see how we make them!

Jellyfish Craft For Preschool

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  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • White cardstock
  • Black marker
  • Jellyfish template (download form located at the end of this post)

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Download the free jellyfish template, print, and cut out all the pieces. Glue the top part of the jellyfish to the wavy underlayer.

hands holding jellyfish template

  • Place the eyes in the middle of the jellyfish body and glue in place. Use the black marker to draw on a smile just below and in between the eyes.

hands gluing on eyes to paper jellyfish

Cut out thin strips of paper in a few different colors. These will become the jellyfish’s tentacles.

We made the purple jellyfish’s tentacles thinner than the blue one’s, but preferred the thicker tentacles. They look better to us and they’re easier to work with.

Once you have the strips cut and ready to go, take one and twist it around your finger to make a ringlet. When you let go the curl will relax; that’s totally fine.

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  • Place glue on the top end of the tentacle and glue it to the back side of the jellyfish underlayer.

hands gluing curled ribbon onto jellyfish

Once it’s glued in place, feel free to twist the strands into the exact position you want them. You may even want to crease the paper slightly to get them to fall into place.

We placed some curled tentacles facing one direction and other facing the other direction to give it a more full look.

hand holding purple paper jellyfish craft

Don’t you think these jellyfish are so cute? There are endless color combinations you can make with this easy project.

Do you have a little one who loves the ocean? We’ve got the perfect activity bundle for them! This giant set of ocean-themed activities is not only fun but educational too. It’s great for young children and can be used at home or in the classroom.

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This week, have some fun with ocean animals by adding in even more animal-related activities. We’ve got tons of great ideas to get you started! There are so many ways to explore the world of ocean animals this week – get creative and have fun!

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Try out some of these ocean books for kids:

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The Snail and the Whale – Julia Donaldson, author of the famous book The Gruffalo, brings kids another fun book about an unlikely set of friends. Snail and Whale have lots of fun together in this colorful book!

Shark Lady – This children’s book is based upon the true story of Eugenie Clark, aka, The Shark Lady. Learn about her love of sharks, her discoveries, and the inspiring message of going after what you want in life.

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Humpback Whale Headband Craft – If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with the kids, look no further than this whale craft. Not only will they have a blast making it, but they’ll look so cute wearing it too!

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With so many different activities to choose from, kids will never get bored. And best of all, they’ll be learning valuable skills that will help them in school and in life. So dive into the ocean activities bundle today and start having fun while you learn.

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Easy Jellyfish Craft

Make this cute and easy jellyfish craft with the kids this summer!

Instructions

  • Download the free jellyfish template, print and cut out all the pieces. Glue the top part of the jellyfish to the wavy underlayer.
  • Cut out thin strips of paper in a few different colors. These will become the jellyfish's tentacles.
  • Once you have the strips cut and ready to go, take one and twist it around your finger to make a ringlet.
  • Once it's glued in place, feel free to twist the strands into the exact position you want them. You may even want to crease the paper slightly to get them to fall into place.

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June 22, 2023 By Kate 1 Comment This post may contain affiliate links. I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post at no cost to you.

Today we’re showing you how to create a bioluminescent tissue paper jellyfish craft !

These jellyfish are easier than they look to make (although damn hard to photograph!). Best of all, they light up in the dark with the help of an LED colour changing candle.

You could even say they create their own light, just like a real bioluminescent jellyfish.

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light up paper jellyfish

Jellyfish have to be one of the coolest species in the ocean. They don’t have a brain, bones, eyes or even a heart – plus an estimated 50% of them have the ability to make their own light .

The reason for this glow is mostly to startle predators, with some jellyfish even possessing the ability to release glowing tentacles as a decoy. How clever is that?

I wanted to make a jellyfish craft that could light up just like a real one, and these LED candles we had left over from our light up tissue paper reef  did the trick.

The body and stingers of our jellyfish are made entirely from tissue paper, so the light shines through it. You can suspend your finished jellyfish from the roof like a mobile in the dark. The girls love them!

How to make a bioluminous tissue paper jellyfish

tissue paper jellyfish materials

You will need

  • tissue paper
  • a small round bowl, or more than one bowl if you want to make multiple jellyfish
  • PVA glue to make DIY mod podge, or you can use real mod podge
  • LED colour changing candle
  • sticky tape
  • string (we’ve used embroidery thread)
  • non-stick baking paper
  • metal skewer
  • optional needle to thread the string through the top
  • 2-3 days to allow for drying time

Set out a piece of non stick baking paper as your surface to work on. If you don’t do this your jellyfish will likely get glued to the surface.

paper jellyfish craft step 1

  • Wrap your bowl in cling wrap, and wrap a piece of tissue paper over it and tuck it under the bowl. 

Make some DIY mod podge by watering down some PVA glue. We use an approximate 50:50 mix but don’t actually measure it. So long as the glue is thick and runny it will work.

Paint the tissue paper all over with your mod podge, then lay a second sheet of tissue paper over it. This time don’t tuck the paper underneath the bowl, just leave it spread out around the bowl on a rectangular shape. Paint the part which is covering the bowl with mod podge.

paper jellyfish craft step 2

  • Lay a third sheet of tissue paper over this and press it down gently. Leave it overnight to dry.
  • Once dry, add a final protective coat of mod podge, and allow to dry again.

paper jellyfish craft step 3

Once the mod podge has dried, it should be easy to remove the bowl and cling wrap. You will be left with tissue paper in the shape of the bowl.

Trim around the edge, cutting away the excess paper. Leave a “ruffle” of tissue paper around the edges.

paper jellyfish craft step 4

  • Poke two holes in the top of the paper with a metal skewer before threading the string through so that you have a loop poking out the top and the ends poking out underneath.
  • Tie a knot in the string underneath the jellyfish. The knot needs to be close to the ends of the string, with just enough space to add the candle underneath it.
  • Sticky tape the candle into place, with one string on each side of the candle. Try and get the light as close to the knot as possible, so that it is well hidden inside your jellyfish body. Trim the excess string ends away.
  • Make some stingers by fringing a long piece of folded tissue paper, and sticky tape the stinger to the base of the LED candle. Make sure to leave the on and off switch uncovered.

paper jellyfish craft step 5

Now find a place to hang the jellyfish – they look so cool lit up in the dark.

jellyfish craft that can light up like a bioluminous jellyfish

For photography purposes I’ve used a blacklight (so that my camera can see in the dark!)

glowing jellyfish craft

Here’s one more random fact about jellyfish… Did you know its mouth is also its butt? The jellyfish catches food by stinging any unfortunate pray they happen to drift into, then eat the food and excrete the waste through the same hole.

glowing jellyfish craft

Make a jelly fish from tissue paper that lights up in the dark, just like a real bioluminous jellyfish

  • string (we’ve used embroidery thread)
  • optional needle

Instructions

  • Set out a piece of non stick baking paper as your surface to work on.
  • Make some DIY mod podge by watering down some PVA glue. We use an approximate 50:50 mix.
  • Paint the tissue paper all over with your mod podge, then lay a second sheet of tissue paper over it. This time don’t tuck the paper underneath the bowl, just leave it spread out around the bowl on a rectangular shape. Paint the part which is covering the bowl with mod podge.
  • Remove the bowl and cling wrap. You will be left with tissue paper in the shape of the bowl.
  • Trim around the edge, cutting away the excess paper. Leave a “ruffle” of tissue paper around the edges.
  • Now you can hang your jellyfish!

More ocean animal crafts for kids

  • Sew a jellyfish softie using our free printable pattern
  • Make one of 14 paper plate ocean animals from our printable collection (there is a jellyfish included!)
  • Create a paper roll fish using a simple squash and cut technique
  • This egg carton goldfish is so cute!
  • Make a coral reef in an egg carton that lights up in the dark

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Easy Paper Jellyfish Craft for Kids to make this Summer. A lovely ocean animal crafts, perfect for young children and preschoolers.

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Are you looking for an Easy Paper Jellyfish Craft to try with your kids’ this Summer?

Our latest jellyfish craft is perfect for children of all ages and is open to all sorts of beautiful colors and designs!

This craft is a great fit for under the sea and ocean themed topics, and can be paired with our how to draw a jellyfish , bobble head jellyfish and our scrape painted silhouette sharks, which uses the same artistic technique as our jellyfish!

Complete with a printable template, our jellyfish craft can be made at home and scaled up for a classroom setting. This is a cut and stick craft with the option to color with paint, crayons or collaged paper – can you imagine how fun and interesting a jellyfish school display could look?!

Easy Paper Jellyfish Craft for kids to make this Summer! A super fun and easy ocean themed craft for kids, complete with a Jellyfish Template!

How to Make the Easy Jellyfish Craft with your Kids

This craft can be completed with various materials and mediums. Our jellyfish has been colored using the scrape painting technique and textured with some simple straw printing. If you have any scrap bubble wrap to hand, this may also work to texturize the jellyfish.

The Scrape Painting Technique

As the name suggests, it is the art of scaping paint across a canvas. Scrape painting is such a fun and effective technique for blending colors and creating cool textures.

All you need is  paint , ideally  acrylic paint   and  s craps of card/cardboard  or an old bank card . Essentially the “scraper” needs to be sturdy with a flat edge. It needs to be easy for little hands to hold and manoeuvre, and strong enough to be scraped across a canvas – in this example, a pieces of white card stock. 

Recommended Materials:

White Cardstock for Printing Paint A Paper Straw Colored Paper or Card Stock Scissors A Glue Stick A Paintbrush or Pencil

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TIP: Before printing, check the paper setting for printing onto white card stock and select “Fit to Page”.

Watch the Step by Step Video Tutorial:

Let’s make a jellyfish.

Image showing hands cutting the eyes from the jellyfish template.

Remove the Eyes from the Jellyfish Template

Print the jellyfish template onto white card stock. Carefully remove the eyes from the template by cutting one straight line below the jellyfish.

Image showing hands cutting around the eye of the jellyfish.

Cut the Surrounded Space into Squares

Next, cut around the eyes and put the scrap paper to one side.

Image showing hands cutting the scrap paper left over from the eyes into squares.

Cut the scrap paper into smaller square shapes.

Image showing hands squirting blots of paint to the top of the jellyfish shape at the top of the template.

Apply Blots of Paint onto the Jellyfish Template

Apply several blots of paint to the top of the jellyfish.

Image showing hands scraping the paint with a square cut out from the top of the jellyfish to the bottom.

Take a Square and Scrape the Paint from Top to Bottom

Take a square and gently scrape the paint from the top of the jellyfish to the bottom. If the paint blots are positioned closely together, the scraper tool will pick up and blend the colors. This is a great opportunity for Arty Crafty Kids to observe what happens to the colors. Can they describe what happens to the paint and the new colors they create?

Image showing hands filling the entire jellyfish shape with scraped paper.

Continue Scraping to Fill the Jellyfish

Continue scraping the paint across the jellyfish and remove any excess paint by scooping it up with the square card stock.

Image showing hands printing white circles onto the painted jellyfish with the end of a straw.

Texturize with Straw Prints

While the jellyfish looks lovely with its paint scraped make-over, Arty Crafty Kids may wish to explore texture by layering the jellyfish with circular prints.

how to make a paper jellyfish

This effect can be created by dipping the end of a straw into a contrasting color and simply printing in a sporadic fashion across the jellyfish.

Image showing hands glueing the eyes onto the painted paper jellyfish.

Glue the Eyes onto the Painted Jellyfish

Once the jellyfish is colored and dry, glue the eyes onto the painted area.

Image showing hands glueing a row of rainbow paper strips to the back of the easy paper jellyfish craft.

Glue a Row of Colorful Paper Strips

Select an array of colorful pieces of paper and cut the sheets into fine strips.

Turn the jellyfish over, apply a generous helping of glue across the bottom of the jellyfish and glue a row of paper strips along the gluey area.

Image showing hands curling the paper strips.

Curl the Paper Strips

Once full with paper strips, turn the jellyfish over. Take a paintbrush or pencil and carefully curl the ends of the paper trips around the “curler”.

Image showing hands curling the final paper curls with paintbrush to complete the easy paper jellyfish craft.

Continue Curling to Complete the Paper Jellyfish Craft

Carefully remove the curled paper from the pencil/ paintbrush and move onto the next paper strips.

Once all the paper strips are curled, the paper jellyfish craft is complete!

Easy Paper Jellyfish Craft for kids to make this Summer! A super fun and easy ocean themed craft for kids, complete with a Jellyfish Template!

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Tissue Paper Jellyfish Craft

What we love the most about this tissue paper jellyfish craft is how it dances in the air! Hang it on a string and watch the magic every time there is a breeze (or the air conditioning is on).

This summer craft for kids is a quick project – which makes it perfect for rainy days or to make in the classroom with a bunch of kids (wonderful decoration too).

Tissue Paper Jellyfish Craft for Kids

This summer craft can be made by using tissue paper, newspaper, recycled paper, strings, fabric scraps…

Tissue Paper Jellyfish Craft

How to Make Tissue Paper Jellyfish Craft

What you need:

  • Our craft template
  • coloring supplies
  • tissue paper (or other)
  • optional: string for haninging

Step by Step Instructions

Print out the template. This craft works best when the template is printed on construction paper / cardstock.

how to make a paper jellyfish

Color in the jellyfish. We love markers but there’s a variety of coloring materials you can use – watercolors, crayons, ink… 

how to make a paper jellyfish

Once you have colored in your jellyfish, cut it out.

how to make a paper jellyfish

Also cut a couple of strips of tissue paper (or other).

how to make a paper jellyfish

Turn the jellyfish head around and apply glue on the back (a line at the bottom will do).

how to make a paper jellyfish

Stick one tissue paper strips one after the other – using multiple colors will make your jellyfish super pretty.

You can also add string for hanging.

how to make a paper jellyfish

Apply glue on the other part of the jellyfish head…

how to make a paper jellyfish

…and stick it on the first one.

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All done! Your Jellyfish Craft is complete.

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Easy Paper Plate Jellyfish Craft for Summer

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This adorable Paper Plate Jellyfish Craft for kids would make a fantastic addition to an underwater scene in any classroom. With just a few common craft supplies your preschoolers and kindergarteners can make these beautiful sea creatures.

Give this easy craft a try for a summer or under the sea themed unit in your early years classroom.

If you want to make your Summer themed lessons a breeze, then check out the Summer Activity Pack . It’s filled with math and literacy centers, fine motor activities and arts and crafts templates. All of which are aligned with preschool learning standards. Check it out today.

Learn how to make this easy Paper Plate Jellyfish Craft this Summer. Kids will love making this sea creature these summer holidays.

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More Summer Crafts for Kids

I love easy paper plate crafts for summer . There are so many adorable crafts to make with your kids. Here are some more of my favorite summer themed craft ideas to make with your toddlers and preschoolers.

  • Summer sunset art for kids
  • Pineapple craft for summer
  • Paper Plate Turtle Craft
  • Paper Plate Sea Horses
  • Paper Bag Whale Craft

For more ideas, take a look at these 40 Summer Crafts for Kids , or 42 Sea Animal Crafts for Kids .

Materials Needed

  • Paper plates

How to Make a Paper Plate Jellyfish Craft

Make the jellyfish’s body.

how to make a paper jellyfish

1. The first step in this easy kids craft is to cut the paper plate in half.

You can then either use the paper plate as is, or you can draw a design on the cardboard. Teachers who are prepping this activity for whole classes may want to just cut the plates in half, to make the prep time shorter.

I used a black marker to make an oval shape with a wavy line at the bottom of the plate. Although older kids will have so much fun drawing their own jellyfish creation, it’s not actually necessary for this craft idea.

how to make a paper jellyfish

2. Decorate the jellyfish body.

Paint, glitter, pens. Decorate your cute jellyfish whichever way you like. This is a fun way to experiment with various colors and have lots of fun.

Make the Tentacles

how to make a paper jellyfish

3. Cut some string or a piece of yarn into pieces (approximately 10 inches long)

4. Cut some straws into 1-inch lengths.

5. Thread the straws onto the string.

To make threading easier for younger kids, you can create a custom-made needle using a piece of pipe cleaner and attaching it to the end of the string. This is a great way to do threading activities with your kids at no extra cost.

Put them Together

how to make a paper jellyfish

6. Attach the tentacles to the back of the paper plate using sticky tape.

You can also punch a small hole into the bottom of the paper plate using a hole punch, and then attach the tentacles by tying them to the holes.

Hang these Jellyfish up in your classroom as part of a wonderful underwater scene.

What You’re Learning

Let your kids’ imaginations grow by making their own unique jellyfish craft. This is a great way to encourage them to think creatively and then express the ideas in their heads, in a way others can see.

Planning and Organization

This jellyfish has several steps that need to be done in a specific order for this craft to work. For example, if you attach the tentacle first, and then try cutting out the head, you’ll most likely end up cutting off the tentacles.

Organizing the required materials beforehand, as well as planning out each step before you do it, is a great way for kids to strengthen their executive functioning skills.

Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills refer to the small muscles in the hand and fingers. Developing these skills are important in being able to write when the kids go to school, as well as being able to complete tasks independently. (For example, dressing and feeding themselves)

There are a lot of different fine motor skills involved in this fun activity. Threading the tentacles, as well as painting and cutting the jellyfish head are all going to help young kids develop:

  • Pincer or tripod grip
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Hand strength

This fun jellyfish craft is the perfect opportunity to talk to your kids about these ocean animals. Use this great activity to have a mini science lesson by discussing things like:

  • Where do jellyfish live?
  • How do they eat?
  • What do they eat?
  • How do they move?
  • What are the different kinds of jellyfish?

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Paper Plate Jellyfish Craft

Learn how to make this easy Paper Plate Jellyfish Craft this Summer. Kids will love making this sea creature these summer holidays.

Instructions

  • The first step in this easy kids craft is to cut the paper plate in half.
  • Decorate the jellyfish body.
  • Cut some string or a piece of yarn into pieces (approximately 10 inches long)
  • Cut some straws into 1-inch lengths.
  • Thread the straws onto the string.
  • Attach the tentacles to the back of the paper plate using sticky tape.

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How to make a paper bowl jellyfish

Make a jiggling jellyfish decoration for your room….

Take a big breath, because we’re about to get creative, deep-sea style! Follow the steps below to make your own colourful paper bowl jellyfish…

Paper bowl jellyfish

What you’ll need…

Paper bowl Paints Paintbrush Glue Ribbon, string or strips of tissue paper Sellotape Pen and card Scissors

Paper bowl jellyfish

Paint the bottom of your bowl, then leave it to dry.

Paper bowl jellyfish

Make a hole in the centre of the bowl and knot a long piece of string through it so you can hang up your jelly.

Paper bowl jellyfish

Cut some ribbon and string tentacles, then tape them to the underside of the bowl. We put thinner strands on the outside and thicker ones in the middle. Look at jellyfish pics for ideas!

Paper bowl jellyfish

Daw some eyes on the card, then cut them out.

Paper bowl jellyfish

Glue the eyes onto your jellyfish, then hang your cool creature up!

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Learn how to make this stunning  Jellyfish Paper Craft  that your kids will love! This enchanting jellyfish can be made in a whole rainbow of colors and is a total lifesaver on rainy days where you’ve run out of fun activities to keep little ones busy!

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Paper Jellyfish Craft

This adorable under the sea craft is great for improving those cutting skills, learning how to follow instructions, and an opportunity to talk about different creatures that live in the ocean.

To make a paper jellyfish, all you will need is some construction/craft paper, scissors, glue, and our free printable template.

Once assembled, you can use the Jellyfish for roleplaying, learning about the creature (check our facts below to get you started!), building an aquarium or ocean scene, or hanging from the ceiling!

Facts About Jellyfish

  • Jellyfish have been around for millions of years, even before dinosaurs lived on the Earth.
  • They are found all over the world from the surface to the deepest depths of the ocean.
  • Jellyfish have a smooth umbrella-shaped body and long, sprawling tentacles.
  • Some jellyfish are clear, but others are vibrant colours of pink, yellow, blue, and purple.
  • Some even produce their own light called bioluminescence.
  • Jellyfish have no brain, heart, bones, or eyes.
  • Jellyfish are between 85% and 98% water.
  • The tentacles have stinging cells which help them to stun their prey.
  • However, they can sting humans swimming in the water too. The pain ranges from mild to severe depending on the species of jellyfish.
  • The most dangerous is the box jellyfish which reportedly carries enough venom to kill more than 60 humans.
  • They eat fish, shrimp, crabs, and tiny plants and digest their food very quickly so that they can continue to float!
  • The biggest jellyfish in the world is the lion’s mane jellyfish can reach lengths of 6.5 feet (2m) and their tentacles can reach over 88 feet (27m)! The average size though is 1.5 feet (40cm).
  • A group of jellyfish is called a bloom, a smack, or a swarm. They can contain up to 300,00 jellies!

Materials & Tools Used in This Craft

The full list of materials, tools, and instructions are found in the printable tutorial card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through before starting this project to ensure that you have everything required and understand the steps and timings involved.

You may have several standard craft supplies at home already, but I’ve included links to Amazon below for your convenience.

  • Construction Paper in the following suggested colors: Dark Pink, Light Pink, White
  • Jellyfish Printable Template
  • You will find the template download links before the tutorial card and surrounded by a purple box. Tap the purple download buttons to save the file(s) to your device.
  • Printables are available in two paper sizes – A4 and US Letter (8.5″ x 11″). Download the size that is appropriate for your printer.

TOP TIP!  Print my  craft templates  in advance and store them in a folder so that you can grab them at a moment’s notice.

Speaking of a moment’s notice, a box of basic craft supplies is also a good thing to have on hand so you can get started on projects without worrying if you have the right stuff!

I’ve compiled a list of craft basics that I think everyone should have – you’ll find them in tips section further down this page. You don’t have to get ALL the things all at once, but building your craft stash will make life a lot easier when the kids are stuck indoors or want to make something last minute!

More Under The Sea Crafts

This Jellyfish paper craft is just one of a collection of fun under the sea paper crafts! Here are the others for you to do after this one:

  • Blue Tang Fish
  • Oyster & Starfish
  • Pelican – by the sea rather than under it!
  • Puffer Fish
  • Seagull – by the sea rather than under it!
  • Sperm Whale

We have created more than 100+ Free Printables for you to download and use. They include seasonal crafts, decorations, puzzles, coloring sheets, and more! Right-click and open a new tab to read next.

Jellyfish Craft Tips

  • Print the template onto the suggested colored construction paper and cut the pieces out. (But you could use any colors you want!)
  • Why not experiment with different color combinations and make an aquarium full of colorful Jellyfish?
  • If construction paper won’t go through your printer, you could print onto regular paper and trace around the pieces onto the colored paper/card. You will have to add any detail with a black marker pen.
  • Another option is to print onto white paper and color the pieces in with crayons, pens, paints, or pencils.
  • Or what about making this Jellyfish using craft foam? You will have to add any detail with a black marker pen.
  • Cut all the pieces out and lay them where they should go before sticking them down with glue.
  • An optional extra is adding glitter: apply  white school glue  to the parts you want to add some sparkle, sprinkle  glitter  on top, shake off the excess and leave to dry.
  • You could also use other embellishments like googly eyes, or sequins to bring this craft to life.
  • If you want to hang up your completed Jellyfish you could use a piece of ribbon or string to form a hanging loop and stick to the back (or you could punch a hole at the top and thread the ribbon/string through).
  • Why not use a variety of blue paints to create a water background to mount the paper Jellyfish onto?
  • If you plan on making more under-the-sea creatures from this series, you could even paint a large ocean background using a roll of plain/lining paper from the DIY store!
  • Included in the printable are bubbles of various sizes – use these in your artwork as you wish.

Handy Crafting Supplies on Amazon

Having a box full of basic craft supplies means you can get crafty at a moment’s notice. A lifesaver on bad weather days or when the kids are complaining for the hundredth time that they are bored!

If you are short on space to store stuff, why not invest in a craft tote to keep everything together and stash away when not in use? There are many different sizes and styles, so buy one (or two) to suit your needs. We have a couple of these totes just for pens and pencils!

  • White (printer) Cardstock
  • White (printer) Paper
  • Glue Tape Roller
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Scotch Tape
  • Glue Gun (low temp)
  • Craft Sticks
  • Pipe Cleaners/Chenille Stems
  • Coloring Pencils
  • Coloring Marker Pens
  • Googly Eyes
  • Glitter Glue
  • Furry Fabric
  • Tissue Paper
  • Construction Paper
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paintbrushes

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How Do I Make a Paper Jellyfish?

Just check out the how-to card below with full materials, tools, instructions, and demonstration photos. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink!).

This adorable jellyfish is super easy to make, you just need some construction paper and few other simple craft supplies and you’re ready to go!

  • Free Printable Template (link in blog post)

Instructions

  • Download the jellyfish template and print it onto the suggested color construction paper. Additional bubble template is included to use as you wish.

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Paper Plate Jellyfish

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Engage kids in a fun and educational crafting activity with our DIY guide for paper plate jellyfish. Perfect for ocean-themed parties, school projects, or quality family time. Transform simple materials into whimsical decorations that bring the beauty of the ocean home. Dive into a memorable crafting adventure!

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This adorable paper plate jellyfish craft is a great way for kids of all ages to have lots of fun making these ocean animals.

This paper plate jellyfish craft is perfect for spending some good time with your creative kiddo and having fun. They're so easy to make that even new crafters can get in on the action.

Are you ready to bring the ocean's shimmering fairies into your homes? Let's get started.

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Ocean Craft for Kids

Kids are mesmerized by ocean animals - sea horses, sharks, and jellyfish. It is why my favorite summer craft to do with mine always involves a paper plate jellyfish! This easy and fun paper plate craft is perfect for kids of all ages.

Depending on your child's age, you can also make this craft educational. Tell them more about a jellyfish's life, how they live, and what they eat. I have some facts you can share with your little genius.

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Fun Facts About Jellyfish

  • There are glow-in-the-dark jellyfish in the world
  • Jellyfish have no brains, bones, or hearts
  • They are made of 95% water
  • Sharks and sea turtles make quick meals out of jellyfish
Don't miss our other Jellyfish Fun including our How to Draw a Jellyfish .

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Tips and Tricks for Paper Plate Crafts

Failed and messy craft projects can be a bummer. It makes kids sad, and it's a waste of material too. So, to make sure you get everything right, I have a few tips for you:

  • Make sure the paper plate is dry. If it's too wet, the paint will not stick.
  • Use non-toxic and washable markers and paint. This way, it's safe for your kids to touch the art supplies.
  • Make sure your child is wearing an art smock or apron. This way, the paint won't get on their clothes.

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What Variations Can I Try?

All the crafts I share on my website are easy to tweak. If you're out of a material, you can use substitute material without worrying about the result.

Here are some ways to play around with this one:

  • If you don't have googly eyes, you can use a black marker to draw directly on the paper plate
  • You can use patterned color plates and paint them in a single color
  • Use whatever painting technique your kid likes
  • You can trace your child's hand or use a printable template of a handprint

DIY Jellyfish paper plate

Benefits of Craft for Kids

Parents want to make "productive" use of their child's time. They want them to learn along the way. And so, crafting might not seem like the perfect idea. But that's only a myth. Crafting isn't only fun and games. It has a lot of benefits.

First, it is a way to polish your child's fine motor skills. They learn how to hold pencils, use scissors and paste things. As well as maintain their concentration and focus. They learn to stay on task and complete their project without losing interest or motivation halfway.

Crafting can also help teach kids basic principles such as patience, following instructions, and problem-solving.

Jellyfish Paper Plate Craft Supplies

paper plate jellyfish craft supplies

  • Paper plates
  • Cardstock - assorted colors
  • Acrylic paint - your color of choice
  • Googly eyes, large

How To Make Paper Plate Jellyfish

paint plate for jellyfish

Begin by painting a paper plate in your color of choice. The apparent color choices are pinks, purples, or blues, but you can paint in whatever color you’d like. We chose magenta. Let the paint dry completely.

trace hands on paper for handprint jellyfish

Now, while the plate is drying, trace a handprint on the cardstock in your choice of colors. You will need 3 handprints in 3 different colors.

cut out hands from paper on jellyfish

Cut out the handprints.

cut paper plate in half jellyfish

When the paint on the paper plate is dry, cut the plate in half.

glue hands to back of half paper plate jellyfish

Glue the 3 handprints to the bottom flat edge of one-half of the cut paper plate.

glue eyes on jellyfish craft

Finally, glue large googly eyes in place.

cute jellyfish craft

With the other half of the paper plate, it’s now easy to make another jellyfish! Life always swims better with buddies!

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Jellyfish Paper Plate Craft

Half of a paper plate painted light blue with googly eyes and a drawn on smile and yarn tied to holes along the flat bottom of plate to look like a jellyfish. Blue yarn tentacles laying over striped scrapbook paper. Text near bottom of photo says Paper Plate Jellyfish.

Are your kids fascinated by jellyfish? Then they will love making a paper plate jellyfish . This simple craft project is a great way to spark your child’s interest in these strange, yet beautiful sea creatures.

In this post, we’ll show you how your child can create their own jellyfish out of a paper plate.

This is the perfect activity to do before or after visiting an aquarium where you can watch them swimming around! Be sure to check out our entire collection of craft ideas for kids .

Half of a paper plate painted light blue with googly eyes and a drawn on smile and yarn tied to holes along the flat bottom of plate to look like a jellyfish. Blue yarn tentacles laying over striped scrapbook paper. Text near bottom of photo says Paper Plate Jellyfish.

Preschoolers will have fun working on fine motor skills while creating their own jellyfish. Painting, cutting, using the hole punch, and tying are all important skills for young children to practice.

We will also share tips to extend this craft with other learning activities, such as making ocean zones in a jar .

It also makes a great addition to an ocean themed art center, unit study, or week of summer camp at home .

More Ocean Crafts for Kids

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Jellyfish Paper Plate Craft Supplies

There is very little prep needed and you can have your very own bloom of jellyfish created in under 30 minutes. 

(Did you know a group of jellyfish is called a bloom? That’s just one of the collective nouns used for them. They are also referred to as a swarm or a smack!)

Close view of finished jellyfish craft made with paper plate and yarn.

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  • White Paper Plate
  • Blue Craft Paint
  • Googly Eyes
  • Single Hole Punch
  • Paint Brush
  • Black Marker

You may use large paper plates or small ones. It would be fun to make some in both sizes to have variety just like in the ocean. Simply adjust the number of holes and pieces of yarn as needed.

Speaking of yarn, if you do not have any on hand, you could use ribbon or crepe paper instead.

How to Make a Paper Plate Jellyfish

First, cut your paper plate in half. Then paint the front side of it blue. Give it time to dry and apply another coat if needed.

Bottle of Aqua Sky blue paint to the left of half of a paper plate being painted blue.

You don’t have to paint the back of the plate, but you can if you want. Painting the entire plate would look nice if you plan on hanging up your jellyfish.

Half of a large paper plate painted blue with holes along the flat side. Silver single hole puncher laying next to plate.

Punch about eight holes along the flat part of the plate. Measure and cut 12 inch lengths of yarn. You will need one for each hole in the plate.

Half paper plate turned over to show how yarn was tied in a knot on the back at each hole.

Put the yarn through the hole and tie a knot to hold it in place.

Another option is to fold the piece of yarn in half and push the middle part through to make a loop. Put the ends of the yarn through the loop and pull them through.

Glue on the eyes (or peel and stick, depending on the type of googly eyes you have) and use a marker to add a smile.

Now you can hang your child’s jellyfish or they can play with it. If making these in a classroom, you can add names to the front and use them to decorate a wall or bulletin board.

Jellyfish made using a blue painted paper plate cut in half and blue yarn hanging down.

Ocean Books for Kids

Do your kids like to learn interesting facts and tell you all about them? Then they will love looking through The Fascinating Ocean Book for Kids: 500 Incredible Facts!  

They might also enjoy the Ultimate Oceanpedia from National Geographic Kids . It is full of gorgeous photos, amazing facts, illustrations, and diagrams. This is an excellent book to use in an ocean unit study or to create mini research reports.

Have fun reading the collection of rhyming poems in Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae with the kids. The poems are all about animals that live in and around the ocean.

Ever wonder what an octopus would do if it escaped the aquarium? Children will love reading Inky the Octopus by Erin Guendelsberger with you.

It is based on the true story of a brave and daring octopus that escaped from his tank at the National Aquarium of New Zealand. This picture book also includes interesting marine biology facts for kids.

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Jellyfish Paper Plate Craft

Make this fun paper plate jellyfish for an easy preschool craft!

Instructions

  • Start by cutting the paper plate in half.
  • Paint the plate blue and set aside to dry.
  • Use a hole punch to make eight holes along the flat part of the plate.
  • Measure and cut 8 pieces of yarn that are about 12 inches long.
  • Pull yarn through the hole and secure it with a knot.
  • Add googly eyes near center of plate.
  • Draw a smile with the marker.

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Make a fun jellyfish toy using a paper bowl and colored crepe paper strips.

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Supplies needed.

  • Tissue paper, crepe paper or plastic bags
  • Poster paint or tempera paint
  • Paint brush
  • Paper clip or button
  • Wiggle eyes (optional)

STEP 1 Paper Bowl Jellyfish

1 Punch a hole on the bowl.

Punch a small hole at the center of a paper bowl using the point of a pencil.

STEP 2 Paper Bowl Jellyfish

2 Paint the paper bowl.

Paint the outside of the paper bowl with tempera or poster paint. Jellyfishes come in various colors. The most popular ones are pink, blue and purple but you can always paint your jellyfish the way you like.

STEP 3a Paper Bowl Jellyfish

3 Paint some details.

Details like dots are easy and fun to make. You can use a paint brush, your fingers, or a cotton swab to paint them on your paper bowl.

STEP 3b Paper Bowl Jellyfish

Some jellyfishes have stripes, others have V-shaped markings and some have a flower-shaped marking at the center.

STEP 4 Paper Bowl Jellyfish

4 Prepare the string.

Cut string to a length of about 10 inches. Tie one end of the string to a paper clip or button.

STEP 5 Paper Bowl Jellyfish

5 Attach the string.

Insert the free end of the string from inside the paper bowl, through the center hole. Pull all the way through—the paper clip or button serves as a stopper.

If you'd like to further secure the string in place, tape or glue the paper clip or button on the inside of the paper bowl.

STEP 6 Paper Bowl Jellyfish

6 Create the tentacles.

To make the jellyfish's tentacles, cut eight or more long strips out of crepe paper, tissue paper or plastic bags.

STEP 7 Paper Bowl Jellyfish

7 Glue the first tentacle.

Glue one end of a tentacle on the inside of your paper bowl, placing it close to the center of the bowl.

STEP 8 Paper Bowl Jellyfish

8 Glue the rest of the tentacles.

Glue the tentacles one at a time at the center of your paper bowl.

STEP 9 Paper Bowl Jellyfish

9 Check out your jellyfish!

Once the glue dries, check out your jellyfish by carefully turning the paper bowl upside down. Hold or hang your jellyfish by the string.

STEP 10 Paper Bowl Jellyfish

10 Add a face.

Don't forget to draw a funny face using crayons, markers or paint.

Instead of drawing the face, you can also glue a pair of wiggle eyes and a short length of string for the mouth.

STEP 11 Paper Bowl Jellyfish

11 Make more!

These paper bowl critters are really easy to make so make lots of them! Hang them from the ceiling or from a railing to give your little corner of the house a summer or under-the-sea feel. A soft breeze will make them turn round and round and their tentacles do dance around in the air.

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Go jellyfishing.

Make mini jellyfishes by using small paper bowls. Tie the top of the string to a wooden dowel or to a drinking straw so that it's as if you've just caught a jellyfish on a fishing pole.

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Free Printable Jellyfish Paper Craft for Kids – Easy

Looking for a fun preschool ocean craft?  This free printable Jellyfish paper craft is perfect for kids!  

Kids of all ages will enjoy coloring the Jellyfish template and adding colorful yarn for the tentacles.  What a fun way to introduce kids to these amazing sea creatures!

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With summer on the way, we have been talking about ocean animals.  So far, we’ve talked about the octopus and enjoyed some fun ocean sensory play.

Today, we are going to make some fun paper Jellyfish!

Jellyfish Facts

But first, here’s some fun facts about Jellyfish from Bristol Aquarium.

– Some Jellyfish can glow in the dark.  They have bioluminescent organs that let off a blue or green light!

– Jellyfish don’t have brains, blood, bones, or a heart!  They do have a nervous system that helps them navigate in the water based on chemicals, light, and vibrations.

– The largest jellyfish ever seen had a bell with a diameter of 7 feet 6 inches.  It’s tentacles were 121.4 feet long.  

That’s amazing!

Alright! Let’s get started on our jellyfish craft!

Supplies for Easy Jellyfish Craft

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For this cute jellyfish craft you will need the following items:

– Free Jellyfish template (found at the bottom of the article)

– Crayons in a variety of different colors

– Child safe scissors – we like the ones by Fiskar

– Tape

– Yarn (an assortment of bright colors)

Alright, let’s get started on this easy preschool jellyfish craft!

How to make a Printable Jellyfish Craft

First, grab the free printable template at the bottom of this article.  

Print it out on white copy paper.  

If you’d like it to be more sturdy for hanging it or playing with it, you might like to print it on cardstock.

free printable jellyfish template colored with crayons

Provide your child with crayons.  Have them color one (or both of the jellyfish).

There’s one with its eyes open and the other with its eyes closed. 

Next have your child cut out their own jellyfish.  This is a great way to practice those fine motor skills.

My 4 year old uses these pointed tip scissors by Fiskar, but you might like to have blunt tip scissors if your child is younger.

Once the jellyfish bodies have been colored and cut out, it’s time to add the yarn.

Jellyfish craft for kids - cutting out the jellyfish template, adding yarn to the back of the jellyfish, and then completed jellyfish craft

We cut 8 inch pieces of yarn in an assortment of rainbow colors.

I didn’t have red yarn, so we did pink, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

After we put it in the order we wanted, we taped it to the back of the jellyfish.

We put 10 pieces on one of the jellyfish and 12 pieces on the other….in kind of a rainbow pattern – just for fun!

​And…it’s finished!  Such an easy jelly fish craft for little kids!

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​Other Jellyfish Craft Options

​There’s lots of different ways to use this free printable jellyfish template. 

– Create Jellyfish windsocks by taping 2 jellyfish bodies together.  Watch them float around the classroom as they hang from the ceiling.

– Glue the Jellyfish body to a paper bag to make a jellyfish puppet.  Add yarn, strips of paper, or ribbon for the tentacles.

– Mix things up by adding bits of crepe paper or curling ribbon for the jellyfish’s tentacles.

– Use the template as as jellyfish coloring page. Have the kids cut out the jellyfish bodies, glue onto construction paper and add their own tentacles to the picture! Kid could even add their own details like coral, sea weeds or different sea creatures!

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​More Ocean Crafts and Activities

​Planning an ocean theme for preschool or kindergarten?  Here’s some more fun ideas to go with these jellyfish!

Grab free templates to make a 3-D Octopus Craft here.  Perfect for preschoolers, this octopus craft doubles as a cutting skills page!  Super simple and totally adorable!

You can find a fun ocean themed sensory bin here.  Kids can scoop, pour, and pretend they are at the ocean with this fun sensory play idea.

There’s some free Mermaid Coloring pages here.  Let their imaginations grow with these fun coloring pages featuring these mystical creatures of the underwater world.

You can also find a fun beach themed color by number worksheet here.  Perfect for preschoolers, this simple coloring sheet is perfect for working on number recognition and fine motor skills.

There’s tons of fun Ocean Crafts for Kids here. You’ll find every sea creature imaginable including sea turtles, tropical fish, sharks, jellyfish, and more!

Looking for a fun ocean themed game?  You can print a free Ocean themed Bingo Game here.  There’s both a beach theme and an ocean theme!  What fun!

And don’t forget….one of the best ways to teach little ones about the ocean is to visit an aquarium or the beach.  So many things to see, touch and experience!

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You can grab the free printable jellyfish craft templates by clicking the black download button below.  

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This paper plate jellyfish craft is a great summer craft to make for an ocean or sea unit study. Preschoolers as well as older kids will enjoy creating it and learning about these cute ocean animals.

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We love paper plate crafts  and pairing them with yarn crafts .

The results are adorable crafts that also encourage kids to practice their fine motor skills while working with yarn.

Paper plate jellyfish variations:

  • Use colored paper plates
  • If you don’t have tissue paper at hand, you can paint the paper plates
  • No googly eyes? No problem. Draw them with a black marker
  • Make the tentacles with crepe paper streams

Paper plate jellyfish craft for kids

I used to have many pets while a child at my parents’ home and when on my own, before having a family. I had a dog, a cat, a pair of hamsters and several birds.

But I’ve never been interested in an aquarium. I’m not a big fan of fish.

Nevertheless, I enjoy visiting the aquarium at the ZOO, not for the fish, though. It is the jellyfish and the sea horses that I find totally fascinating.

This is where the inspiration for this paper plate jellyfish craft comes from.

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How to make a paper plate jellyfish craft

Step 1 : Start by cutting up the tissue paper into small squares. Young kids who aren’t comfortable yet with scissors, can just tear up the tissue paper, instead.

Step 2 : Draw a wavy line at the bottom of the paper plate and cut along that line.

Step 3 : Glue the tissue paper squares onto the paper plate.

Step 4 : Use a hole punch to make several holes along the wavy bottom line of the paper plate.

Step 5 : Cut yarn strands of the same length. Thread the yarn through the holes at the bottom of the paper plate and tie them up.

Step 6 : Glue the googly eyes onto the paper plate and use a black marker to draw a mouth. For more fun you can use big googly eyes , or glow in the dark googly eyes and even colorful googly eyes .

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An adorable paper plate jellyfish craft for kids to make during the summer as part of an ocean or sea unit study. Make these ocean animals with colorful tissue paper and yarn.

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Instructions

  • Start by cutting up the tissue paper into small squares. For young kids who aren't comfortable yet with scissors, you can suggest tearing up the tissue paper, instead.
  • Draw a wavy line at the bottom of the paper plate and cut along that line.
  • Glue the tissue paper squares onto the paper plate.
  • Use a hole punch to make several holes along the wavy bottom line of the paper plate.
  • Cut yarn strands of the same length. Thread the yarn through the holes at the bottom of the paper plate and tie them up.
  • Glue the googly eyes onto the paper plate and use a black marker to draw a mouth. For more fun you can use big googly eyes, or glow in the dark googly eyes.

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OpenAI Gives ChatGPT a Better ‘Memory’

The A.I. start-up is releasing a new version of ChatGPT that stores what users say and applies it to future chats.

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By Cade Metz

Cade Metz has covered artificial intelligence for a decade.

OpenAI is giving ChatGPT a better memory.

The San Francisco artificial intelligence start-up said on Tuesday that it was releasing a new version of its chatbot that would remember what users said so it could use that information in future chats.

If a user mentions a daughter, Lina, who is about to turn 5, likes the color pink and enjoys jellyfish, for example, ChatGPT can store this information and retrieve it as needed. When the same user asks the bot to “create a birthday card for my daughter,” it might generate a card with pink jellyfish that reads, “Happy 5th Birthday, Lina!”

With this new technology, OpenAI continues to transform ChatGPT into an automated digital assistant that can compete with existing services like Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa . Last year, the company allowed users to add instructions and personal preferences , such as details about their jobs or the size of their families, that the chatbot should consider during each conversation. Now, ChatGPT can draw on a much wider and more detailed array of information.

“We think that the most useful assistants are those that evolve with you — and keep up with you,” said Joanne Jang, an OpenAI product lead who helps oversee its memory project.

Although ChatGPT can now remember previous conversations, it can still make mistakes — just as humans can. When a user asks ChatGPT to make Lina a birthday card, the chatbot might create one with a subtle typo such as “Haippy 5th Birthday! Lina!”

The company is first providing the new technology to a limited number of users. It will be available to people using the free version of ChatGPT as well as those who subscribe to ChatGPT Plus, a more advanced service that costs $20 a month.

OpenAI is also introducing to users on Tuesday what it calls temporary chats, during which conversations and memories are not stored.

ChatGPT has for some time offered a limited form of memory. When users chatted with the bot, its responses drew on what they said earlier in the same conversion. Now, the bot can draw on information from previous conversations.

(The New York Times sued OpenAI and its partner, Microsoft, in December, for copyright infringement of news content related to A.I. systems.)

The bot builds this memory by automatically identifying and storing information that could be useful in the future. “We rely on the model to decide what may or may not be pertinent,” said an OpenAI research scientist, Liam Fedus, referring to the A.I. technology that underpins ChatGPT.

Users can tell the bot to remember something specific from their conversation, ask what has already been stored in its memory, tell the chatbot to forget certain information or turn off memory entirely.

By default, OpenAI has been recording entire ChatGPT conversations and using them to train future versions of the chatbot. OpenAI said it removed personally identifiable information from conversations used to train its technology. And users can choose to remove their conversations from OpenAI’s training data entirely.

But creating and storing a separate list of personal memories that the chatbot can bring up in conversations could raise privacy concerns. The company argued that what it was doing was not that much different from the way search engines and browsers stored the internet history of their users.

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How Did an Aquarium Stingray Get Pregnant without a Mate?

Charlotte, a stingray in a small North Carolina aquarium, is taking a DIY approach to reproduction

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A stingray in a small aquarium in Hendersonville, N.C., has become pregnant—despite living in a tank without a male ray. 

This seemingly miraculous event has stirred up online speculation that the expecting stingray, Charlotte, may have been impregnated by one of the small sharks that share her tank at the Aquarium & Shark Lab. But experts say that’s extraordinarily unlikely, on par with suggesting that a lion and a wolf could have baby “li-wolves” (“wolvions”?).

In fact, shark-ray babies would be even more dramatic than that, says Demian Chapman, director of the shark and ray conservation program at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Florida. The last common ancestor of cats and dogs lived around 45 million years ago. Sharks and rays diverged from one another at least 300 million years ago, according to a 2021 paper in the journal Developmental Biology .

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There’s another explanation for Charlotte’s impending motherhood, though, and it’s not much less weird: she almost certainly impregnated herself, a phenomenon known as parthenogenesis .

“Quite a variety of species of shark and rays are known to reproduce like that in captivity,” says Chapman, who studied the first known case of parthenogenesis in a hammerhead shark , which occurred in 2001. “We even have evidence of one species of ray doing it in the wild.”

Charlotte, a round stingray ( Urobatis halleri ), has a noticeable baby bump (visible on both her underside and her back) and may give birth at any time, according to the Aquarium & Shark Lab, which is run by the nonprofit educational organization Team ECCO. The pregnancy was confirmed by ultrasound. Charlotte would be the first known round stingray to have undergone parthenogenesis , says Kady Lyons, a research scientist at the Georgia Aquarium. “It’s kind of cool that we have another documented case of this in a new species,” Lyons says.

Researchers don’t fully understand why parthenogenesis happens or what triggers it. Here’s how the process works: Inside the female’s body, cell division creates sex cells, or gametes. That division, called meiosis, results in the egg, which can eventually be fertilized by a sperm , and three extra cells called polar bodies. The egg and each polar body each contain half of the complement of genes needed to make a new organism. In parthenogenesis, a polar body fuses with the unfertilized egg, triggering it to form an embryo .

This is different than cloning, Lyons cautions, which would create an exact copy of the mother ray. In parthenogenesis, because both the egg and the polar body contain only portions of the mother’s genome, the babies end up less genetically diverse than their mother. Some parthenogenetic species get around this by doubling up their genes before they split their sex cells: whiptail lizards of the genus Aspidoscelis  get along just fine reproducing in this way . But for many other species that only occasionally undergo parthenogenesis, offspring might not be as robust, Lyons says. “You can think of them as a highly inbred individual,” she adds.

Even typical round stingray reproduction is quirky. Female stingrays mate with multiple males in the spring and three to four months later give birth to litters with multiple different fathers, Lyons says. And they bathe their fetuses in a kind of nutritious uterine fluid, not unlike mammal milk, that gives them a survival boost when they emerge. At birth, the babies are less than three inches in diameter—about the diameter of a baseball—and are ready to fend for themselves.

“They’re super adorable,” Lyons says.

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New Jellyfish Species Discovered May Have an Arsenal of Unique Venoms

A new species of jellyfish has been discovered deep below the waves, and it may possess venoms that we have never seen before.

The new species, named Santjordia pagesi , was discovered at a depth of 2,664 feet near Japan's Ogasawara Islands, floating around a deep-sea volcano known as the Sumisu Caldera.

The new jellyfish, which has been sighted only twice, is an umbrella-shaped medusa species, measuring around 4 inches across and with a red cross in the center of its body, according to a paper in the journal Zootaxa . This inspired its common name: the St. George's Cross Medusa.

The jellyfish was captured from the depths and had its DNA analyzed, which revealed that it was so distantly related to all other species of jellyfish that scientists needed to designate not only a new species name but a whole new genus and subfamily.

"We discovered and described a new species of deep-sea jellyfish, which has currently only ever been recorded from inside a single, mineral-rich undersea volcanic caldera," paper co-author Dhugal Lindsay told Newsweek .

"It was so different to anything else yet described that we needed to erect not only a new genus but also a new subfamily to contain it

Lindsay is a researcher at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology.

Because this new species is so evolutionarily different from other species that scientists have discovered, they suggest it may contain a cocktail of venoms drastically different in chemical makeup from anything previously seen.

"This jellyfish is most certainly venomous, as the tentacles were covered in stinging cells. No work has yet been done on its venom, but if funding were available we would love to look into it. All venoms are possible medicines and since this species is so different from others, one could surmise that the venom could be novel," Lindsay said.

The St. George's Cross Medusa is mostly transparent, with the exception of its characteristic red cross marking, which is thought to make it harder for predators to spot any bioluminescent food the jellyfish has inside its belly.

The jellyfish was first spotted in 2002 during a research mission to the Sumisu Caldera using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Hyperdolphin, which captured the specimen and allowed for DNA analysis.

However, the species was not seen again until 2020, when it was filmed by the KM-ROV but evaded capture. It's unusual for a new species to be confirmed after the collection of only a single specimen, as several of the animals are usually studied first. However, because of the apparent rarity of S. pagesi , it was designated a new species after a single specimen was captured and another observed.

"Usually, at least two specimens of a species are needed to describe a new species, though exceptions are made. We were able to ascertain from a second individual that was sampled in 2020, that our holotype specimen was not a mutant and could safely be used to describe the species," Lindsay said.

The researchers hope that further expeditions to the deep-sea volcano will yield more sightings of the rare jellyfish.

"We will be undertaking more surveys inside volcanic calderas in March and again in April. Watch this space for more discoveries," Lindsay said.

Do you have a tip on a science story that Newsweek should be covering? Do you have a question about jellyfish? Let us know via [email protected].

Update 2/7/2024 12:58 p.m. ET: This article was updated with comment from Dhugal Lindsay.

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The new jellyfish species seen from above (main) and the side (inset). The scientists named the jellyfish Santjordia pagesi because of its bright red stomach that resembles the Cross of St George.

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Hi, everyone! Wynn here again. Welcome back to another Xbox Insider Team interview. Today we’re sitting down with Tyler—a Technical Program Manager who focuses on the commerce and subscriptions side of the business. How’re we doing today, Tyler?

Feeling great, Wynn. Excited to chat with our Xbox Insider Community.

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Fantastic. Let’s start by giving everyone a little background on yourself.

Diving right in, eh? Okay. So, I’m a little bit the “typical” Seattle tech guy. Completely native to the area, raised right here with Microsoft always in the backyard so I’ve always been impressed/inspired by the company.

So, Microsoft—even before your employment—has been a pretty big constant.

Yeah, it comes with the territory a little. My whole life has always been in Seattle. My wife and I are raising our daughter here, my entire family is here, and so it’s always seemed like a natural fit for my circumstances.

When did you end up starting?

It would’ve been back in early 2007. I got brought on in the Customer Support org for Windows and Office. I spent a few years there before moving to work in CS for Xbox.

Ah, another longtime Xbox worker on the team.

Kind of? Haha. I actually had a few different stops along the way. I went back to Windows for a bit, then dabbled with Inside Sales, before going back to Xbox Support in 2019 and then, finally, Xbox Insider Team in 2021.

Oh, wow! I’m actually previous Inside Sales as well. Spent three years in the Fargonian tundra selling Azure.

Sales is brutal sometimes man. I knew it wasn’t really for me after my time there.

Agreed on that.

So, you’re a bit of a newer member of Xbox Insider Team, and I know a lot of your work is sort of behind-the-scenes / under-the-hood. Is there anything you’ve worked on that you’re super proud of?

Absolutely! I think the subscription aspect might be interesting to people. Helping launch Game Pass Ultimate was really cool. I’m also proud of our market expansion work, like bringing PC Game Pass to Southeast Asia. It’s incredibly rewarding to see both Game Pass and Insiders grow as a result.

Yeah, that’s excellent. I don’t think anyone’s complaining about more Game Pass.

Is there anything you’re currently working on you can share with us for the 10 th Anniversary?

Unfortunately, most of my day to day falls firmly under the “not for public consumption” label. But I am working on some regular Game Pass Ultimate stuff and with things like EA Play and Ubisoft+, which is pretty awesome. You can bet I’m always working to make our experiences better based on what we’re hearing!

I’m sure everyone will love to hear that!

But let’s move out of the realm of work and to some more of your personal interests. What’re some of your fondest gaming memories?

Oh man. There’s so many. I mean, my first console was an NES, and I can still vividly remember opening that with the Super Mario Bros. Duck Hunt combo pack.

Bring back the Zapper! I want to blow a new generation of minds with the paper trick.

It was such a unique concept back then. It’s still wild how that was so popular. After NES, I picked up an SNES and played entirely too much Super Mario Kart. In a weird way, Duck Hunt and Super Mario Kart kind of informed my future tastes because my two favorite genres are shooters and racers. Though I’m definitely more of a sim-racer now.

I just can’t manage sim-racers. I remember playing Gran Turismo 3 A-spec on PS2 and I think I made it like 3 races deep. I gotta have that arcade-y feel. Like, Blur is my favorite racing game ever.

Haha. Totally understand. Man, you just took me back with A-Spec. I played so much of that game on my PS2.

Another game that holds a special place for me is Ocarina of Time. I played through that with my dad and being able to experience that game—from the jump in 3D to just how meticulously it was designed—with him is something I’ll always cherish.

We’ve had a few different “gaming stories with parents” on here and I absolutely love them every time.

Okay, let’s talk music. You grew up in Seattle, so I assume you’ve seen some of the greats?

Oh man. Hah. I’m almost a little embarrassed to admit it, but I was really into rap/hip-hop through most of my formative years. Dr. Dre, Eminem, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, OutKast, stuff like that. I didn’t really get into the alternative scene until after I had graduated college, so I missed all those shows.

Wow. My entire upbringing was around alt music. My dad was heavy into college radio, so he had plenty of deep cuts that weren’t super big. Throwing Muses, Jellyfish, Tripp Shakespeare. Like, everyone knows “Good” by Better Than Ezra, but I had listened to an entire album before that.

Yeah, I missed that whole initial wave. But, now that I’m more into the alternative and indie side of things, I’ve found a ton of great local music around Seattle. Like, my wife and I just recently went to see The Head and the Heart for the millionth time, and they were fantastic.

There we go. That’s your “we liked them before they were cool” band.

Exactly! I still have some Seattle cred.

I’m that way with a few of the mid-to-late 2000s “scene” bands. Like, I have the first piece of merch that Sleeping With Sirens ever sold, signed by the entire band, and then they’re selling out venues and amphitheaters around the world.

All right. I could talk music literally forever. Let’s move on to the golden/silver screens. Is there a show you always have on in the background?

Oh, like Crews? [Note For Reader: Crews is another member of the Xbox Insider Team.]

Haha. That’s exactly who I was thinking about when I drafted this question.

Man, I’ve fully succumbed to the streaming backlog here. I hardly ever re-watch stuff because there’s so much coming out or catching up on. Recently I’ve been enjoying Reacher though.

Big dude solves problems by being the biggest dude, you gotta love it.

Exactly. It’s really well done and close enough to the books. It’s just fun.

Do you have any hobbies outside of the comfort of the home?

Definitely. Skiing is maybe my favorite thing in the world. It’s an almost spiritual experience for me to be out there. Really just being in the mountains is deeply personal to me. Hiking, skiing, camping. Anything out in nature to give me that mental reset.

I like the idea of nature more than I like being outside in it. But I will say, some of my favorite experiences with that sort of thing have always been picturesque views in the mountains.

Oh, you have to see some of the views up here. Just breathtaking.

Well, we’re about out of time here. Any last thoughts for the Community?

Honestly, I know it’s a little cliché, but I just want to thank everyone for what they contribute to the program and for being so invested in making what we all do better. Across all of Xbox, we greatly appreciate it.

Definitely. We’re always happy to hear our Xbox Insiders give their feedback.

Well, it was great chatting with you Tyler.

Likewise! Glad I could make it.

Xbox Insiders, be sure to be on the lookout for more content all throughout February including more interviews from the team, a trip down memory lane, and so much more. All of our 10th Anniversary content can be found on our Hub Page .

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  1. How to Make a Paper Plate Jellyfish

    0:00 / 2:58 How to Make a Paper Plate Jellyfish Easy Kids Craft 224K subscribers Subscribe Subscribed 520 Share 99K views 7 years ago How to make a Paper Plate Jellyfish is another super easy...

  2. Paper Jellyfish craft for kids [Printable Jellyfish template]

    Step 1 Purchase the jellyfish template from our shop. Download and print the jellyfish template on A4 cardstock. Kids can now color in the jellyfish's head and the wavy layer that comes below it. We used green and yellow watercolor for painting our jellyfish template. You can also use crayons, color pencils, etc.

  3. Beautiful Paper Jellyfish craft for kids

    Crafts By Ria 7.4K subscribers Subscribe 204 24K views 2 years ago Looking for an easy ocean animal craft to do this summer? This paper jellyfish craft is a perfect craft activity to keep your...

  4. Easy Jellyfish Craft For Kids [Free Template]

    Directions Download the free jellyfish template, print, and cut out all the pieces. Glue the top part of the jellyfish to the wavy underlayer. Place the eyes in the middle of the jellyfish body and glue in place. Use the black marker to draw on a smile just below and in between the eyes. Cut out thin strips of paper in a few different colors.

  5. DIY Paper Origami Jellyfish: Easy to Make and Perfect for Kids

    In this video tutorial, you will learn how to make a beautiful and delicate jellyfish using the art of paper folding. With simple step-by-step instructions, ...

  6. tissue paper jellyfish craft

    How to make a bioluminous tissue paper jellyfish You will need tissue paper a small round bowl, or more than one bowl if you want to make multiple jellyfish PVA glue to make DIY mod podge, or you can use real mod podge LED colour changing candle sticky tape string (we've used embroidery thread) non-stick baking paper cling wrap paintbrush scissors

  7. Printable Paper Jellyfish Craft for Kids

    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. Step 2: Paint and cut out the jellyfish elements.

  8. Easy Paper Jellyfish Craft

    Recommended Materials: White Cardstock for Printing Paint A Paper Straw Colored Paper or Card Stock Scissors A Glue Stick A Paintbrush or Pencil Download the Jellyfish Template: The jellyfish template is available to members of the Arty Crafty Kids club.

  9. Tissue Paper Jellyfish

    Cut fringe onto both sides of your roll, making sure not to cut all the way across. Then, before unrolling, fluff the fringe. Then unroll, and fluff more, if desired. Do this lots. We used seven crepe paper strands for each jellyfish. Using craft glue, attach the crepe paper to the bottom of the jellyfish.

  10. Tissue Paper Jellyfish Craft

    Also cut a couple of strips of tissue paper (or other). Turn the jellyfish head around and apply glue on the back (a line at the bottom will do). Stick one tissue paper strips one after the other - using multiple colors will make your jellyfish super pretty. You can also add string for hanging. Apply glue on the other part of the jellyfish ...

  11. Easy Paper Plate Jellyfish Craft for Summer

    The first step in this easy kids craft is to cut the paper plate in half. Decorate the jellyfish body. Cut some string or a piece of yarn into pieces (approximately 10 inches long) Cut some straws into 1-inch lengths. Thread the straws onto the string. Attach the tentacles to the back of the paper plate using sticky tape.

  12. How to make a paper bowl jellyfish

    Step 1 Paint the bottom of your bowl, then leave it to dry. Step 2 Make a hole in the centre of the bowl and knot a long piece of string through it so you can hang up your jelly. Step 3 Cut some ribbon and string tentacles, then tape them to the underside of the bowl. We put thinner strands on the outside and thicker ones in the middle.

  13. Cute Paper Jellyfish Craft for Kids [Free Template}

    Instructions: 1. Download and print out the jellyfish craft template. Cut out all the pieces and set the eyes aside. 2. Trace the template patterns on colored construction paper. You can choose all different colors for the pieces, or you can trace them on paper with different shades of the same color Cut out all the traced patterns. 3.

  14. Adorable Jellyfish Paper Craft! With Free Printable Template!

    Download the jellyfish template and print it onto the suggested color construction paper. Additional bubble template is included to use as you wish. Cut the pieces out. Lay the pieces in the correct order before sticking them down with a glue stick. Leave to dry before using (mounting, using role-play, or hanging up.)

  15. Paper Plate Jellyfish

    Cut out the handprints. When the paint on the paper plate is dry, cut the plate in half. Glue the 3 handprints to the bottom flat edge of one-half of the cut paper plate. Finally, glue large googly eyes in place. With the other half of the paper plate, it's now easy to make another jellyfish!

  16. Paper Plate Jellyfish Craft for Preschool

    Instructions. Start by cutting the paper plate in half. Paint the plate blue and set aside to dry. Use a hole punch to make eight holes along the flat part of the plate. Measure and cut 8 pieces of yarn that are about 12 inches long. Pull yarn through the hole and secure it with a knot.

  17. Paper Bowl Jellyfish

    STEPS 1 Punch a hole on the bowl. Punch a small hole at the center of a paper bowl using the point of a pencil. 2 Paint the paper bowl. Paint the outside of the paper bowl with tempera or poster paint. Jellyfishes come in various colors. The most popular ones are pink, blue and purple but you can always paint your jellyfish the way you like.

  18. Free Printable Jellyfish Paper Craft for Kids

    - Glue the Jellyfish body to a paper bag to make a jellyfish puppet. Add yarn, strips of paper, or ribbon for the tentacles. - Mix things up by adding bits of crepe paper or curling ribbon for the jellyfish's tentacles. - Use the template as as jellyfish coloring page. Have the kids cut out the jellyfish bodies, glue onto construction ...

  19. Paper plate jellyfish craft

    How to make a paper plate jellyfish craft. Step 1: Start by cutting up the tissue paper into small squares. Young kids who aren't comfortable yet with scissors, can just tear up the tissue paper, instead. Step 2: Draw a wavy line at the bottom of the paper plate and cut along that line.

  20. DIY Paper Lantern Jellyfish Tutorial

    0:00 / 6:00 DIY Paper Lantern Jellyfish Tutorial Kim Conner 978 subscribers 65K views 7 years ago Learn how to make these super simple Paper Lantern Jellyfish. They're perfect for an...

  21. OpenAI Gives ChatGPT a Better 'Memory'

    When the same user asks the bot to "create a birthday card for my daughter," it might generate a card with pink jellyfish that reads, "Happy 5th Birthday, Lina!"

  22. How Did an Aquarium Stingray Get Pregnant without a Mate?

    The egg and each polar body each contain half of the complement of genes needed to make a new organism. In parthenogenesis, a polar body fuses with the unfertilized egg, triggering it to form an ...

  23. New Jellyfish Species Discovered May Have an Arsenal of Unique Venoms

    The new jellyfish, which has been sighted only twice, is an umbrella-shaped medusa species, measuring around 4 inches across and with a red cross in the center of its body, according to a paper in ...

  24. How to Make a Paper Bowl Jellyfish

    0:00 / 1:29 How to Make a Paper Bowl Jellyfish I Heart Crafty Things 12.3K subscribers 9K views 2 years ago Ocean life captivates little learners! The variety of life under the sea sparks a...

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  27. How To Make Cute Jellyfish

    ...more Hey dears welcome back to my Channel In this video I'm going to show you how to make a paper Jellyfish ....it is very easy to make and looking very cute .......