If you have been following our blog, you will know that my little boy just LOVES all things under the sea. He’s always teaching me new things that he has learned from his books and from watching the documentaries on Disney +. Whales in particular are his all time favourite creatures. So, for the last few days we’ve been super busy making some fun whale craft ideas to share with you! We started off with this adorable paper plate orca whale and we just love him – he looks so sweet (though my son assures me real killer whales are not so sweet!). This simple little craft is easy to make and bound to be a hit with any young ocean enthusiasts!
Here’s what we used
Black paint and brush
White, black, blue and pink paper
How to make a paper plate orca whale
Take the paper plate and cover the top 3/4 in black paint before popping aside to dry. (for younger children it may be easier to just paint the whole plate black and then cut out and glue on a small section of another plain white plate as we did with my youngest)
Cut out the leaf shape of the whale’s flippers and dorsal fins then glue them down in position on the back of the paper plate.
Glue on two inwards facing white arches on either side of the paper plate near where the eyes will be.
Cut out two large ovals for the outer eyes, two slightly smaller black circles for the pupils and two small white circles for the light spots. Glue the pieces together and then onto the paper plate. Cut out and stick down a semi circle mouth and then once dry the paper plate orca is finished!
How sweet is this dolphin craft? The kids have been extra busy this week making more paper plate animals to decorate their bedroom wall. Today we wanted to do something simple and easy that would suit my youngest and this little paper plate dolphin was just perfect!
Here’s what we used
Blue paint and paintbrush
How to make a paper plate dolphin
Take your paper plate and coat it in the blue paint before popping it aside to dry.
Cut the paper plate in half and pop one half aside. Take the other half and cut it in half to make two quarter slices. Cut one of the quarters in half and dispose of one of the sections so that you have the same shapes left as shown in the photo.
Glue the quarter triangle down on to the corner of the half paper plate to make the tail. Then take the small triangle and glue it on the back of the half paper plate to make the fin.
Add an eye and a mouth and the super cute paper plate dolphin is finished! So sweet and simple – great for preschoolers!
How cute are these little rocking paper plate ships? We made these yesterday ahead of our coastal walk that we went on today and both of my two kids are still totally fascinated by them. Every time they walk past they give them a tap and watch them rock for a bit before carrying on. I have to admit they’re probably my favourite craft that we have made recently too! They’re so sweet and easy to make and they only require basic resources too which makes them perfect for crafting at home or in groups. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see any pirate ships today or any boats with yellow and purple sails but we did see some pretty cool other ones!
Heres what we used
How to mAKE OUR ROCKING PAPER PLATE SHIP
First take your paper plate and fold it in half. Then, take your blue paper and cut it into wavy strips to create your ocean waves. Glue your paper strips across the front half of your paper plate and put it aside to dry.
Whilst your ocean is drying it’s time to make your ship! Cut out a trapezium shape for the base of your boat and then glue your lollipop to back of it to make the mast. Then cut out two curved triangles to make the ship’s sails and glue them onto the front of your stick.
Finish decorating your ship by adding any decoration such as circle portholes or patterns/designs on the sail. Pop your ship to one side.
Hopefully by now your paper plate ocean is nearly dry. Take it up again and trim off the loose ends of your paper strips to round off your plate again.
Glue your ship onto the back of your paper plate and leave to dry. Once it’s dry your awesome paper plate ship is finished! Don’t they look great?!
We’re back again today with yet another ocean themed craft. We absolutely love this cute handprint fish craft! Each little fish turns out sweet and unique which makes this craft perfect for both crafting at home or crafting at groups such as preschools or toddler groups. We had so much fun making these, my little guy has made a whole aquarium to cover his door. He loves all things ocean and really wants us to get a saltwater tank – I wouldn’t know where to start though!
Heres what we used
Plain and coloured paper
First you will need to take your pencil and draw around little one’s hands. Then, cut out the handprints that you have just made.
Now it’s time for the fun part! Use your paint to colour in your handprints and make your own cool fish designs. Then, put them aside to dry.
Once dry, glue your fish down in place on your paper. Give each of your fish an eye and a mouth and then cut out and stick down some circle bubbles.
Finish off your awesome ocean picture by adding some seaweed and any other little details. Doesn’t this Cute handprint fish craft just look adorable?
Todays craft has been so much fun, how adorable are these DIY ocean squid windsocks? My son is still crazy about all things under the sea and has been particularly fascinated by one creature for ages. It’s easy to see why he finds squids so interesting, there are many different types and each one looks so odd and unique. He loves learning about the different types and Weve been watching some of national geographic’s squid videos on YouTube this morning. So we thought perhaps it might be nice for us to make a squid themed craft for him to play with in the garden.
Here’s what we used
How to make our DIY ocean squid windsocks
First you will need to take your coloured card. Line one end with glue and then roll it round to make a tube
Use your scissors to round the top end of your tube into a curve.
Place your tube onto another piece of coloured card. Draw a raindrop shape around your tube so that it starts around halfway up and extends a few cm above your tube. Cut out your shape and glue it in position as you can see a above
Cut out some strips of crepe paper and glue them around the inside of your tube so that they hang freely down. You’ll notice that we made two of the front strips slightly longer and on these we cut out some rounded shapes to make the suckers.
Cut out two white circles for the eyes and then use your black marker to draw on the pupils. Glue your eyes to your tube. So that you can hang your squid up, you will need to make a hole on either side of your squid’s body. Cut off a length of string and then thread each side in through one of the holes and in to the centre. Tie the two loose ends together inside your tube.
To finish off our squid we added a dab of glue at the bottom of each of side of our rainbow shape. We then folded it inwards so that it stuck to our tube giving it more of a curve and making it more secure.
All that’s left to do now is to wait for a windy day so that you can see your squid in action! Aren’t they just the cutest?!