We’re carrying on the whale theme today with this adorable toilet roll humpback whale craft! These little under the sea themed cuties were so much fun to make and my little boy as a huge lover of all things do with the ocean is just besotted with them!
They’re really simple and easy to make so why not give them a go with your little ones! We’d love to see how they turn out – did you know you know we now have a Facebook page? You can share them there!
Here’s what we used
Blue, pink and white paint
How to make a toilet roll humpback whale
Take the toilet roll and paint the inside of one end pink. On the outside of the roll paint one half blue/grey and the other half white before popping aside to dry.
Cut out a whale’s tail shape and glue it in position on the inside of the paper roll (at the opposite end to the pink section) Next cut out two leaf shape flippers and fold a small tab at the end of each one which you can then use to glue them on either side of the tp roll body.
Once the paper roll is dry, take the black marker/crayon and draw several lines along the white section of the body to create the whale’s throat pleats.
Glue a googly eye on either side of the whale and optionally you could always add a little dorsal fin using the same method as with the fins. Once totally dry and secure the toilet roll humpback whale is finished and ready to play with or display!
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?!
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If you’ve followed the blog at all you will know that my son is mad about all things under the sea. He loves learning about the ocean environment and its inhabitants though his books and we read some of national geographic kids ultimate oceanpedia almost every single day. He loves watching documentaries together too and more often than not hes the one teaching me something new! It was actually him who gave me the idea for this cute paper plate jellyfish when he said how he thought the bubble wrap from our parcel looked like a jellyfish. I’d already planned to get some paints out for him and his sister so we merged the two ideas and came up with these little cuties!
Here’s what we used
A good sized paper plate
Paintbrush or sponges
Paper (we used pink, black and white)
How to make a cute paper plate jellyfish.
First take your paper plate and cut a wavy line down through the center. You can make two jellyfish from one paper plate.
Take one half of your paper plate and use your sponges and paint to decorate it. When you have finished, pop your paper plate to one side to dry.
Whilst your paper plate is drying, cut out some strips of bubble wrap and lightly paint the bubble side. Put these aside to dry with your plate.
Once your jellyfish head is dry you can give your jellyfish a face. To make our eyes we used a large white circle for the outer eye, a slightly smaller black circle for the pupil and a small white circle for the light spot. For the mouth we just cut out a small semi-circle piece of pink card.
Finish off your jellyfish by gluing your dried bubble wrap strips centrally on the back of your paper plate.
Your adorable paper plate jellyfish craft is finished! Aren’t they just the cutest? They look fab on walls, display boards and hung up from the ceiling.
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?!