Under the Sea Crafts for Toddlers

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Under the Sea Crafts for Toddlers
Sea life offers lots of inspiration for kids' crafts. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Exploring the creatures that live under the sea is a wonderful way to inspire young children's imaginations and creativity. It will also help them learn about marine life. From friendly fish to magical mermaids, the oceans contain a cornucopia of fascinating life, real and imaginary for toddlers to copy, draw, print and cut out.

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Paper Plate Fish

Help toddlers make paper plate fish to decorate. Cut a wedge out of one side of a paper plate to create a fish mouth. Glue the wedge to the opposite side of the plate, with the pointed end attached to the plate, to create a tail. Leave to dry. Give children coloured, nontoxic craft paints. They should dip their thumbs in the paint and press all over the plate to create "fish scales." Give them self-adhesive google eyes to stick on to complete their fishes.


Children can turn themselves into a school of mer-children (as opposed to mermaids or mermen) and create a class collage. Ask children to draw self portraits of themselves with felt tip pens or crayons and then add fish tails to their drawings. Help them cut out the pictures and stick together onto a sheet of blue poster board to turn it into an under-the-sea collage.

Octopus Tubes

Turn an old toilet-roll tube into an octopus for toddlers to decorate. Make vertical cuts up the side of the tube from bottom to top, to about halfway up the tube, until you have created eight strips, or legs. Using a thick marker pen as a mould, curl the legs round it to give them shape. Give children craft paints to colour in their octopus. Provide them with self-adhesive google-eyes to stick on.


Star shapes are simple to draw, and most toddlers should be able to make their own starfish shapes. Have them draw their shapes onto stiff orange paper. Help them cut them out. They should then scrunch up small pieces of tissue paper into little balls and glue on all over their starfish shape to create a textured "shell" for their creatures.

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