When temperatures start to rise, our thoughts turn to the beach! If your kids are tired of being coped up in the classroom, brighten their day with these adorable jellyfish sun catcher craft! You can just make these for fun, or you can use them for a “J is for jellyfish” letter of the week activity, or use them as a craft in a beach theme! Of course, sun catchers are fun for any reason, so you don’t have to make them related to school at all. Even toddlers can help make this craft, and it is a fun way to help little ones develop fine motor skills separating the paper pieces at the same time. If you are making this craft to help teach the letter J sound, here are a few fun books to read that help emphasize the letter J.
Jellyfish Sun Catcher Craft
What you’ll need to make the jellyfish suncatcher craft:< ul>
- Tissue paper (we used two shades of blue and white)
- Laminating pockets
- Black permanent marker
- Narrow ribbon that seems “sea-like”
Jellyfish Sun Catcher Craft Directions
- Cut the tissue paper into squares before starting this activity. I found it was easiest to fold the tissue paper into eighths and then trim the folded edges. Then, I just cut the wad of paper into strips and cut the strips into squares.
- Each laminating sheet makes about three or four jellyfish, so you can use one sheet for every 3-4 kids.
- Show the kids how to arrange the paper squares into a thin layer on the laminating pocket.
When the kids are done arranging their papers, run the sheet through the laminating machine. Since the pockets have a sort of adhesive on both sides, it should hold together unless the kids have made the paper layers too thick.
- When the sheets have cooled, draw a jellyfish onto the paper.
Cut out the jellyfish.
- Cut strips of ribbon. Tape the ribbon strips to the bottom of each jellyfish to make tentacles.
- Tape the jellyfish to a window that gets a lot of sun and admire!
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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.