Jellyfish Sculpture

Why

Jellyfish are things of unique and great beauty, though best viewed from afar. Using recycled materials and Crayola® Slick Stixs™, construct one of these unusual and dramatic creatures of the sea.


Steps

1. Study photographs of jellyfish. Marvel at the variety of shapes and colors. Identify where they are primarily found in the ocean. Learn the body parts of jellyfish. How do they move? Eat? Reproduce?


2. Choose a clear, plastic container (clamshell) for your jellyfish’s body. Clean and dry the container. Turning it over, decorate the underside of the container using Slick Stixs™. Slick Stix contain pigments that may stain clothing, fabrics and other household surfaces. Wear a smock to protect clothing and cover your work surface with newspaper. For extra luminescence, apply Crayola® Glitter Glue.


3. Gather together different yarns, strings, and ribbons in a shank for the jellyfish’s tentacles (the tentacles sting when brushed against). Various pieces of collage materials may be added to the tentacles like raffia or plastic netting. Cut a length of string long enough to bind the tentacles together as well as hang up the sculpture. Tulle material may be stuffed inside the container for an additional colorful dimension.


4. Ask an adult to cut an "X" in the center of the container’s top. Feed only the string of the shank through the opening and loop the end to form a hanger. Display these sculptures like works of art.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Adult Assistance is required for this arts & crafts project.

Recycled Containers—Must be clean and safe. Do not use containers that contained bleach or other harmful chemicals (for example, household cleaners, dishwasher or laundry detergents). Do not use recycled metal cans that have sharp edges (for example, lids removed by household can openers).

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.

Adaptations

  • Jellyfish are the ultimate invertebrates (spineless creatures). Start a list of invertebrates you have studied. What would humans be like without a spine? How does being an invertebrate serve the jellyfish?
  • Imagine what early sailors thought upon seeing these creatures. Write a short story about an encounter between a sailor and a jellyfish or a swarm of thousands.

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Glitter Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Twistables® Slick Stix™ Crayons
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • sharp knife (for adult use only!)
  • crepe paper streamers (optional)
  • raffia (optional)
  • collage materials (optional)
  • recycled plastic containers
  • ribbon, string, or yarn

Overview

grades

  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6

subjects

  • Science
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Students explore the types of jellyfish found around the world.

  • Students learn about the different parts of jellyfish.

  • Students create a three-dimensional representation of their new knowledge.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards