Ocean Creature Crafts for Kids
Rainbow Fish Craft for Kids (foot/thumb print fish)
Light Color Paint
Dark Color Paint
Paint your child’s foot with light color paint and have them place a foot print or two on to paper. Once you have cleaned up the child’s foot, have the child take a thumb print with the dark color paint, to make scales on the fish and a thumb print for a fin on the top and the bottom of the fish. Once paint is all dry, go back and make only one thumb print with glue and sprinkle on glitter. You will have a Rainbow Fish when it is all dry.
*Option* You can opt not to put the Rainbow Fish scale on your fish if you do not care for the story.
Jelly Fish Craft
2 Paper Plate
Color Tissue Paper
Color two paper plates, next have your child tear tissue paper into long strands that are about 1 ½ inch to 2 inch in width. Make a hole in the middle of one of the plates and tie a string to it so that when you are done you can hang your Jelly Fish. Next you are going to place your tissue paper strands in between the paper plates spread out about 1 inch a part and staple the paper plates together with the strand of tissue paper in the staple also. Once you are done you should have as many Jelly Fish legs as your child wants. Hang from the string that you place in the middle of the plate.
Markers or Paint
Color or paint a paper plate the color of your choice. Glue 8 pre-cut tissue strips to the back of the paper plate for legs. Glue on google eyes and you have an Octopus.
Star Fish Craft
Cut a star shape out of the card stock. Have your child glue Cheeri-O’s to the star shape. This will look like a bumpy Star Fish.
*Option* Once the glue is dry have your child paint over the Cheeri-O’s.
Fish Bowl Craft
Large Piece of Blue Construction Paper
Green Pipe Cleaners
Gold Fish Crackers
Cut your large piece of blue construction paper into a circle. Once you have done that cut about ½ an inch off one side of the circle. This will create a fish bowl look. Next encourage your child to glue fruit loops to the round bottom part of the circle for gravel in the fish bowl. Next glue on green pipe cleaners for plants and lastly add the gold fish crackers.
**Optional purchase the rainbow gold fish crackers**
Recommendation – When doing any food craft I recommend you spray it with hair spray to keep bugs out of it while it is on display and I also recommend you place in a zip lock bag if you plan on keeping this art work as a keepsake. Always remember a great way to preserve art is though film.
Ocean Animals Books for Kids
My Very Own Octopus
by Bernard Most
A boy imagines what fun he would have with a pet octopus.
Fish is Fish
by Leo Lionni
When his friend, the tadpole, becomes a frog and leaves the pond to explore the world, the little fish decides that maybe he doesn’t have to remain in the pond either
by Leo Lionni
A little black fish in a school of red fish figures out a way of protecting them all from their natural enemies
Circus Crafts for Kids
Cereal Boxes (all sizes)
***Knife and/or Scissors ***
*** Only adults use the knife***
With help from an adult cut out rectangles on both sides of the cereal boxes. Next paint the cages boxes to be the color you want them to be. Glue in some straw for a nice cozy cage and add animals.
Animal Cage Art Work
Foam food trays
Glue animal crackers to foam food trays. Next glue pipe cleaners over the top of these animals, gluing at the top and the bottom of the tray.
*Option* Make more then one and connect with yarn and you will have a Zoo Train.
Cookie Cutter Painting
Circus Animal Cookie Cutters
Place a small amount of paint on the paper plate and place the cookie cutter you want used in this paint. Then have the children make prints using the cookie cutters.
**Be sure to wash with soap and water when done before using in baking.**
Ring Masters Megaphone
Markers and Stickers
Have your child decorate their paper to be bright and cheery. Once done roll the paper into a mega phone shape and tape/staple into place. This is a great craft to take outside when you are done making it.
Circus Activity for Kids: Circus Dress-Up
Craft: Clown Shoes
Two shoe boxes per child w/ lid
Masking Tape (and/or hot glue)
Cut a small hole into both shoe box lids. This hole needs to be big enough for your child’s foot to slide in but not to big that they will step out of the lid. Next tape (and/or hot glue) the lid to the bottom of the box. Once this is done let your child decorate the box with paint, markers, and stickers of their choice. Once dry have your child slide their foot into the shoe and act like a clown.
Craft: Clown Neck Tie
Construction paper of choice
Large Paper Clip
Cut out two triangles with the top points meeting in the middle to create a bow tie or cut out a diamond with one side short and the other side really long. (Use two sheets of construction paper taped together to make a long tie) Have your child decorate the tie and use a large paper clip to clip it to their shirt.
Hole Punch Holes
Glue in a bowl or small lid
Cut a tall triangle out of your construction paper. Round off the bottom of the triangle to make it look like a clown hat. Next offer the pre punched holes, toothpicks and glue to your child to decorate their hat. Use the toothpick to place the glue onto the hat. Glue on a pompom on the top of the triangle for a finishing touch.
**Option** If your child is to young to do this you can get the same look but a little larger dots by letting your child use bingo markers. **
Insect and Bug Crafts for Kids
Inside the Bee Hive
Metal Egg Holder from Easter Egg Dye Kit
(The part that holds the egg is shaped like a honey comb.)
Place black paint into a paper plate. Using the Egg Holder from the Easter Egg Kit dip it into the black paint and make marks on the yellow paper with it. This will give you a honey comb look on your paper. Next dip your thumb into the black paint and place a thumb print on your paper to look like bee’s in the bee hive.
Coffee Filter Butterfly Beauty
Spray Bottle with water
Let your child color coffee filters, spray them with the spray bottle. This will make the marker ink bleed into a beautiful wing. Next twist and clip with clothespin, making the butterfly wings. The kids can then color a face and antennas on the clothespin.
Butterfly Feet and Hands
Large White Paper
Any Color Paint
Have your child make ONE foot print on the paper. Next you will have your child make a total of 4 hand prints using the paint. Have them make two on each side of the foot print with the palm of the hand print touching the footprint. Doing this you will have a butterfly with beautiful wings.
Lady Bug Friend
Paint your rock red. Once the red paint has dried, draw a capital T with the black paint down the back of the rock and add black spot like a lady bug.
Black Pipe Cleaners
First lay out newspaper to protect your table. Next you will need to paint your Styrofoam Ball black. While drying cut your pipe cleaners in half. Once dry poke the 4 pipe cleaners on one side of the ball and 4 on the other side of the ball. Next take the googly eyes and glue them on to your spider. To make your spider walk you can poke a piece of yarn through the ball and tie a not at the bottom so as the yarn does not come back through the body. This will give you a way to walk your spider.
Recommended Insects Books to Read
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
by Bob Barner
Nothing fascinates children more than bugs! Vibrant paper collages illustrate spotted ladybugs, butterflies that flutter, and many more. The book includes an actual size buy chart and a “bug-o-meter” which lists the basics about each featured species.
Shaoey And Dot: Bug Meets Bundle
by Mary Beth Chapman and Steven Curtis Chapman
Shaoey & Dot: Bug Meets Bundle is an endearing tale told from the point of view of one little ladybug, Dot, who happens upon a mysterious bundle one sunny day. Dot stays with the little bundle as she is carried to the place where babies come to be found and promises to stay with the little one throughout her journeys toward getting a family.
by David T. Greenberg
This companion volume to the best-selling Slugs and Skunks! takes an irreverent look at another of the world’s most misunderstood creatures-bugs. Accompanied by Lynn Munsinger’s sly, witty illustrations, Bugs! is sure to disgust and entertain both bug lovers and bug haters alike!