Paper Plate Jellyfish

We had a beach vacation planned for later this month, but now we will have to make do with these crafts at home. Mason loves sea creatures, and Lola’s preschool teachers recommended this craft, so it seemed perfect for both kids!


  • Paper plate (we used a small one, but a large one would work too!)
  • Scissors
  • Paint or markers
  • Fun supplies to make tentacles like ribbon, tissue paper, cellophane, etc.
  • Tape or glue


  • Cut a small part off of one side of your paper plate to make the top of your jellyfish.
  • Decorate the paper plate by painting it or coloring it with markers.
  • Cut strips to form your tentacles. We used ribbons, cellophane, and other fun materials. Tissue paper or even plastic bags would work well too!
  • Tape or glue the tentacles to the back of your jellyfish.
  • If you do complete the craft, I’d love to see it! You can email me a picture at!

Recommended Reading:

You can learn more about jellyfish by checking out one of these books available through our ecommunity!

  • Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, available on Hoopla
  • Jellyfish by Christina Leaf, available on Hoopla

Extension Activity:

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a live jellyfish cam which is very relaxing to watch.