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Create a Smack of Jellyfish with this Craft Template!

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Did you know that the collective noun for a group of jellyfish is “smack”? It is, quite possibly, the coolest collective noun of all!  It is Sea Week 2017 here in Australia next week, however, this awesome jellyfish craft template is one of the most fun and exciting under the sea activities you can do at any time of year.

Sure, you could just print out one of our other “Oceans” themed resources, however, this easy jellyfish craft will take your “Under the Sea” classroom theme to the next level! Our template includes snorkel, top hat and bow accessories that students can use to add a bit more fun to their individual jellyfish.

Hanging jellyfish craft - under the sea activities

How to Make A Smack of Jellyfish

You will need

  • Printed copies of the jellyfish craft template
  • Colouring in pencils, pens or crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • Assorted materials for the tentacles such as the crepe paper streamers, wool, cellophane, ribbon or raffia (pictured below)

equipment needed for jellyfish craft activity

What you need to do

Step 1: Download and print the template.

Step 2: Colour in the jellyfish and the accessories of choice.

jellyfish under the sea colouring in activity

jellyfish craft activity with snorkel, bow and top hat - free template

Step 3: Cut out the jellyfish and the accessories and put the off-cuts aside for later.

Do not throw your paper off-cuts away,
you will need them for the next step!

cut out the jellyfish template

Step 4: Fold the jellyfish in half and glue on its accessories.

Step 5: Staple around the top of the jellyfish, leaving the bottom open.

staple around the top of the jellyfish, leaving the bottom open

Step 6: Scrunch up the paper off-cuts that you put aside earlier and use them to “stuff” the body of the jellyfish.

use the paper off-cuts to stuff the jellyfish

Step 7: Cut 30cm strips of various materials for the tentacles (around 6 – 12 strips per student). In our examples, we used 12 strips so there were two tentacles stapled into each jellyfish hood curve.

The materials below include:

  • paper streamers
  • cellophane cut into strips
  • sparkly ribbon
  • coloured raffia
  • fancy wool.

assorted materials cut into strips to use for the tentacles

Step 8: Staple the tentacles into the “hood” of the jellyfish’s body.

use a stapler to attach the tentacles to the hood of the jellyfish body

free jellyfish craft activity

Jellyfish Craft - Under the Sea Activities

And there you have it! A super fun “Under the Sea” themed craft activity that uses easy-to-source materials and is simple to assemble.

under the sea theme classroom display using free jellyfish craft template, attached to a net hanging from the roof

Some ideas for displaying your class’ smack of jellyfish include:

  • pinning them to a cork board using thumb tacks
  • using pegs hang them on a piece of clothes line or rope strung across the room
  • attaching a piece of string to create a hanging display in a corner
  • or, hanging them from a net like we have done in the video below!

What do you think?!
Will your class make a smack of jellyfish?

If you do, make sure to share it on Instagram or Facebook, tagging @teachstarter and using the #teachstarter hashtag!


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