Paper Bag Jellyfish

These jellyfish are sure to brighten up any room! Let your kiddos get creative with blending paint colors, adding in sparkles and hanging them in a window for an underwater scene!

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Practice fine motor skills to create colorful jellyfish!

This activity helps children practice their fine motor skills using scissors and allows them to show off their creative side with painting and mixing colors. Grab a few paper bags and have your child cut lines up the bag to the top, leaving a few inches for the jellyfish “face”. Paint it, let it dry and hang it in a bright window. Watch the jellyfish sway back and forth — just like in the ocean!

📚 Books to explore: Jellyfish! by Monica Molina is guaranteed to get any child interested in these fascinating creatures.

❓ Did you know? Jellyfish are 98 percent water and without a brain or a heart.

✂️ Get creative! Try using serrated scissors to give the jellyfish a more unique design.

Materials

For this activity you will need:

Paper bags

Scissors 

Paint 

String

Tape

Hole Punch 

Googly eyes (optional)

Glitter (optional)

Learning Outcomes

Domain

Physical

Skills

Fine motor

Indicators:

Manipulating small objects with improved coordination

Instructions

Step 1:

Lay your paper bag flat on a surface and have your child paint their jellyfish how they want. Get creative with mixing colors, as well as adding sparkles and googly eyes at the bottom of the bag (this will eventually be the top/head of the jellyfish).

Step 2:

Once dry, cut vertical lines from the top (opening) of the paper bag to the bottom before the flat surface. Each cut strip should be about ½ inch thick

Step 3:

Next, use a hole punch to make a small hole at the top and thread string through the hole. 

Step 4: 

Hang in a bright window and watch your jellyfish sway in the breeze just like in the ocean!

⬆️ For older preschoolers:  Use serrated scissors. They’re fun to use and create lots of different designs!  

⬇️ For younger toddlers: Younger kiddos may need help with hand over hand assistance with the scissors. Give them full control with the painting to help increase their independence!

Playful Questions

Have you ever seen a jellyfish?

How do jellyfish move in the water?

Do jellyfish have any bones?

Where do you think the jellyfish’s organs are in its body?

What makes a jellyfish different from any other fish?