Underwater Jellyfish

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underwater jellyfish

Part of our series of DIY art activities for kids.



spencer and vincent, the jellyfish brothers

By tony johnston

Spencer and Vincent are jellyfish brothers who live together in the sea, their wet and shining home. They invented a little song which went like this:

My brother, my brother,
he’s sweet, not smelly.

I love him from down in my jelly belly.

One day a wave of superior magnitude separates them! The brothers know they have to do whatever it takes to find each other again. And they’ll need some help along the way…Sometimes friends can really make a the difference. Spencer and Vincent is a story of adventures and the bond of family.



for older readers, try:

the thing about jellyfish

By ali benjamin

This stunning debut novel about grief and wonder was an instant New York Times bestseller and captured widespread critical acclaim!

After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory--even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe...and the potential for love and hope right next door.





  • Multi-coloured construction paper
  • One sheet of card stock (recommended 8.5”x11” or larger)
  • Glue stick
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Aluminum (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Assorted paints (in this lesson, acrylic paints are used, but not limited to)
  • Dish soap
  • Teaspoon
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Clear tape

WHAT to do

1. Begin by choosing 3 assorted colours of paint on hand. In this lesson, pink, yellow and blue are included.

2. In a jar, mix 1/2 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of paint and 1 teaspoon of dish soap. Mix thoroughly. Do this for each paint in separate jars.


3. Place your piece of paper in front of you. Choose which colour you are going to begin with and place straw inside the jar. With adult supervision, place straw inside the jar and begin to blow out of the straw to produce bubbles.

Note: This can get a little messy. It is advised to have a cloth on the surface you are working on.


4. Once bubbles begin to exceed the top of the jar, place the piece of paper on top of the jar flat and press lightly for 1-2 seconds and release.

The impression of the bubbles should leave a print on your paper similar to this:


5. Continue to do this, interchanging the colours until your piece of paper is full of bubbly colours! Set aside to dry.


6. Grab your paper plate and stencil the shape of your jelly fish in the shape of a half circle. Once stenciled, cut.


7. Choose colour(s) of paint to paint the jelly fish.

8. Begin to cut strips of ribbon and/or aluminum or paper for the tentacles. *Option: If you are using strips of paper, fold the strips like an accordion to give more 3-dimensional features to your art piece!

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9. With clear tape, adhere the strips of material to the back of the jelly fish plate.

10. With assorted colours of construction paper, cut various widths of strips.


11. To make the effect of seaweed and coral, cut curved and straight strips into the paper, leaving at least a half inch of paper at the bottom not cut into


12. Separate each individual strip by bending them forward and backwards to make it feel like there is movement.

13. Grab the glue stick and apply glue to only the bottom 1/2 inch of the pieces of paper. Place them where you wish.


14. Apply a generous amount of glue to the back rim of the jelly fish and adhere to paper.


15. Your beautiful underwater jellyfish is complete!



1. Mount your work on foamboard or create a frame and decorate the frame with underwater creatures that you draw or cut out.

2. Add collage items like cut up magazines, seashells, decorated paper or natural materials from outside.

3. Write a poem about your Jellyfish and add it to your work of art.

drama & creative movement

Create a Jellyfish Dance. What other characters from under the sea could you act out?


science connection

  • Jellyfish aren't really 'fish.' What are they?
  • Jellyfish can be found all around the world in every type of ocean water. Where have you seen a jellyfish?


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