Adding art projects to lessons involving an under-the-sea theme is one way to allow the students to create their own version of the sea animals they are learning about. By viewing photographs of the various sea life and watching videos, students will learn the basics of each sea creature and the surroundings in which they live.
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Recycled Sea Life Creature
Create an octopus or squid using recycled materials. Gather the following materials for the project: empty paper towel tubes, glue, paint and paint brush, two wiggly eyes per project, scissors, hole puncher and construction paper. Begin by using the scissors to cut halfway up the paper towel tube and all the way around, creating strips for arms. Trim the arms to the desired length, creating longer strips for a squid and shorter strips for an octopus. Use a hole puncher to punch out different colour construction paper. Glue the wiggly eyes in place, as well as the small circles cut out using the hole puncher. Use a fat marker and curl the ends of the strips.
Handprint Fish Tank
Create a unique fish tank using your hand print to make the fish. Gather the following materials: construction paper, dried beans, glue, scissors, googly eyes, marker and four or five white pony beads. Cut out a fish tank print or create one of your own by drawing a bowl-shaped circle onto a blue piece of construction paper with a base and open top. Cut out the bowl and place it onto a flat surface. Choose the colour fish you want and trace your hand onto the paper. Cut out the hand and create a rounded end at the wrist to create the face of the fish. Glue dried beans to the bottom of the "tank" to create gravel or rocks. Glue the fish in the centre of the tank and attach the googly eye onto the fish. Draw a smile onto the fish's face and draw a small fin on the side. Glue the white pony beads near the fish's mouth in a pattern to resemble bubbles heading to the surface.
Water Bottle Fish
Create a unique fish using some recycled materials. Gather the following materials: empty plastic water bottle, googly eyes, different coloured tissue paper, glue, paint brush and coloured construction paper. Begin by removing the label from the empty water bottle. Hold onto the bottle at each end and twist the bottom end like a balloon to create the tail fin. Cut different colour tissue paper into 1-inch squares. Apply an even coat of glue to the bottle using a paintbrush and place the pieces of tissue paper all over the bottle until it is completely covered. Cut a set of two fins for the side of the fish and one fin for the top from construction paper. Glue the fins to the bottle. Attach googly eyes to each side of the fish's face using glue.
Beaded Craft Fish
This creative fish project helps children develop fine motor skills. Gather the following materials: beads in different colours and shapes, glue, card stock, scissors, construction paper and wrapping paper swatches. Select the type of fish you want to create and draw the outline onto a piece of card stock. Cut the shape out using scissors. Cut out 1-inch squares of construction paper or wrapping paper scraps. Glue the coloured squares onto the fish, covering the surface. Use glue and attach the beads to the fish, covering as much of the fish as you would like.
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