Seahorse crafts for children

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Seahorse crafts for children
Create seahorse crafts with your children. (seahorse image by BVDC from

Seahorses are unusual sea creatures that many children find intriguing. From a sandpaper seahorse to an underwater seahorse scene, allow your children or students a chance to use their imagination to create seahorse crafts in the classroom or at home. A few supplies from your local craft store are all you need to get started.

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Sandpaper Seahorse

Let the children make a sandpaper seahorse print using medium to heavyweight sandpaper and old crayons. Print a seahorse picture and cut each child a seahorse shape from the sandpaper. Give the children old crayons and tell them to colour the sandpaper. Tell the students to press hard on the crayons, while colouring on the sandpaper. Have an adult lay a piece of white or light-coloured paper on top of the seahorse and iron on a low-heat setting. The children will enjoy watching the crayon transfer from the sandpaper to the paper, which creates a seahorse design.

Seahorse Sponge Painting

Purchase several sponges and cut them into the shapes of seahorses, in a variety of sizes. Give each child a large piece of construction paper. Pour several different colours of tempura paint onto paper plates. Let the children dip the sponges into the paints and create a sponge painting of seahorses.

Tissue-Paper Seahorse

Create tissue-paper seahorses using glue, tissue paper, a paintbrush and seahorse template. Print a picture of a seahorse or a template and give each child one. Have the children cut the tissue paper into half-inch squares. If the children are too young for scissors, you can do this step for them. Let the children use the paintbrush to paint a layer of glue on the seahorse and decorate the seahorse using the squares of tissue paper.

Underwater Seahorse Scene

To make an underwater seahorse scene, each child will need two paper plates, a piece of plastic, several pieces of construction paper, scissors and glue. Let the children cut several seahorse shapes out of the construction paper, or you can help the younger ones. Cut the bottom part out of one of the paper plates, so there will only be the outside rim of the plate. Glue plastic over the hole and put to the side. On the inside of the other paper plate, glue a piece of blue construction paper. Take the cutout seahorses and glue them to the blue construction paper. Glue or staple the plates together around the outside to create an underwater seahorse scene. For added decoration, the children can hang the seahorses from yarn inside the paper plates to make it resemble the seahorses swimming around in an aquarium.

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