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?
I absolutely love this cute hand print jellyfish craft. We made these to go on my sons door, which with all of the fun ocean crafts that we have been making lately is turning into something of an ocean display board. These little jellyfish look so cute and the best part is they’re super simple and easy so they’re perfect for preschool aged children to make aswell as older kids.
Here’s what we used.
How to make our cute HAND PRINT jellyfish craft.
First we start off with the fun part! Take your paints and paint little ones hands in your chosen colours. Print the hand prints down with fingers spread apart and then put aside to dry.
Once dry, take your markers and draw several squigly lines down from between the four fingers to make the jellyfish tentacles. If your marker is thin you may need to go over the tentacles to thicken them up.
Optionally finish off by giving your jellyfish some eyes. We used eye stickers but if you dont have these you could simply cut some out of paper and use your markers to draw on the details. Aren’t they just the cutest?!
How cute is this little pipe cleaner pen topper octopus craft? There are so many things that my little guy loves to do, unfortunately though learning to write just isn’t one of them. We have to work really hard to make it seem fun and enjoyable for him. So when we sat down to craft I knew that I wanted to make a pen topper and after a bit of playing we came up with these little cuties! We’ve made a few so that he can change colors as he pleases and so far they’ve worked wonders. He thinks they’re really funny and loves to write with them. We will definitely be coming up with some different designs to make and share in the near future!
Here’s what we used
How we made our pipe cleaner octopus pen topper craft
First we start off by making the tentacles. Take 4 of your pipe cleaners, line them up equally and then fold them in half to give you an arch shape.
Bend the top 11/2 to 2cm of your arch downwards on itself.
Take another of your coloured pipe cleaners and wrap it around your folded section.
Take a separate color pipe cleaner and fold it in half. Push the folded part fully up inside the center of your octopus. Take some more of your octopus pipe cleaners and wrap them tightly around his head piece to thicken it up and secure your grip piece inside.
Take your pen and push the nib part inside your octopus. Wind your grip tightly around your pen. When you remove the pen your grip piece should stay firmly in place.
Finish off by gluing on two googly eyes and shaping your tentacles. With ours, we bent them up near the body and then rolled up the ends. All that’s left to do now is attach them to your favorite pen and get writing.. so cute!
After a few days off crafting we’re back again with yet another ocean themed craft! How adorable are these cake liner hand print hermit crabs? We’ve been watching a lot of national geographic documentaries lately and my little guy’s fascination with all things under the sea has grown even more than before. Which is exactly why you may have noticed a sudden influx of ocean themed crafts! We like to use these little crafts as a fun expansion when learning about new creatures. This craft was particularly great as my little guy was able to make his almost all by myself and it was simple enough for me to help my 1yo make!
Here’s what we used
How to make our cake liner HAND PRINT crabs
To make our seaweed background. My little one painted her fingers and the top half of her palm and then we printed all across the bottom. We also added a couple of colored hand prints to make the coral.
To make the crabs body, draw around little ones hands and cut out the hand prints.
Flatten your cupcake cases to make your shells. Then, position your hand prints and cases on your paper before gluing them down.
Finish off by giving each of your crab two eyes. For the crabs facing forward we just stuck the eyes flat and for the ones facing to the side we cut out two red rectangle stalks to stick the eyes on. Don’t these little cake liner hand print hermit crabs just look adorable?!