What You Need:
Plain white paper dinner plates—look for the lightweight ones with scalloped edges
Tempera glitter paint (available at art and craft stores) and brushes
Streamers in 3-4 bright colors, 1-1/2 to 2” wide
Stapler and scotch tape
Newsprint or a plastic cover for your work surface
Plain string, for hanging the completed project
What to Do:
Start by talking about jellyfish. Find pictures in a book or online. Inform your child that these sea creatures come in a multitude of colors and sizes, and that they live all over the world in the ocean. Find information on what they eat, where they live, etc. You can talk about their connection to our marine ecosystems; you might also want to point out that in many cultures around the world, the rhythmic motions of the jellyfish are also inspiration for dance and art.
Then, lay out a protected work surface, such as a table covered with newspaper, and set up a couple of coordinating colors of glitter paint, each with a brush. Then lay down two plain paper plates, upside down.
Let your child paint the bottom of each plate, covering the surface completely.
While the plates are drying, have your child cut at least eight streamers approximately 20” long.
Once the plates are dry (with tempera paint this happens fast), poke a hole in the center of one of the plates. Help your child tie a knot in the end of the string, and poke the string through the hole. Encourage them to do the bulk of the project to increase their small motor skills, but offer help when they need it.
To assemble the jellyfish, take the plate with no string tied on and lay it flat on the table,…