Around here, school is about to be back in session all over, just not in the same way it was before. Parents are going to have to be so much more hands on. And it can be a real drag. So, today’s craft is about more than just creativity. Once you finish making these adorable paper plate jellyfish, you can also use them to educate. Make them to meet the needs of your kiddos, if they are just counting, don’t add any math symbols. If they are working on addition, add a plus sign…and so on. You get it. Now go, create, and TEACH!
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Paper plate (9″ coated)
- Variety of paints
- Pipe cleaners
- Hole punch
- Pony beads
- 2 Googly eyes
- Scraps of black construction paper
- Glue stick
- Elmer’s glue
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Step 1: Paint
- Cut a 9″ paper plate in half and place it on a piece of newspaper, bottom side up.
- Wrap a bundle of q-tips together, making sure that the heads are flat across, and secure it with a pipe cleaner for your paint stamper
- Squeeze a few of your favorite colors of paint side by side on the newspaper
- Dip the bundled q-tips in the paint and tap it onto the paper plate. You may want to tap it on the newspaper before stamping on the plate. Each time you go back into the paint, go to a different section for a unique color combination. Continue this process until the jellyfish looks the way you want. *Don’t put it on too thick. And if your paint starts to get too muddled, make a new q-tip “paint brush”.
- Last, let the paint dry.
Step 2: Punch
- Once the paint is dry, use the hole punch to add seven evenly spaced holes to the bottom of the jelly fish. *This is where you will attach the tentacles.
Step 3: Add the details
- First, glue the googly eyes in place
- From the scraps of black construction paper, cut out math symbols (eg-signs for multiplication, division, addition, subtraction). You can choose whatever skill your child is working on in school.
- Then glue the math symbols in place, leaving space
Step 4: Tentacles
- Put a pipe cleaner through each hole, fold and twist it to secure in place.
- Twist and bend each to give it that “tentacly” look (I made a new word!)
- Now you can use it to help your kiddo practice their math skills, lace beads onto the tentacles for the numbers that you would like to add or subtract, etc. Count as you put the beads on.
Did you notice that this craft is not only great for practicing math skills, but it is also perfect for working on fine motor coordination! If your little one is not yet ready for practicing math skills, just let them put beads on the tentacles. You could say the colors as you put them on or just count them. So simple!!!