We’ve been reading about ocean creatures a lot lately, especially jellyfish.

by Kim

I started pulling together some supplies for my preschooler to make a little jellyfish craft project with a paper plate. But we decided to take it a step further and make our jellyfish glow like those found deep in the dark depths of the ocean.



  • Clear disposable food storage bowl
  • Small battery operated “tap light” from hardware store
  • Glue
  • Squares of tissue paper in several different colors
  • Rolls of colorful streamer
  • Gift bag tinsel shreds or Easter basket grass


1.The bowl will be the main body of the jellyfish. It is called the “bell” on a jellyfish. My kids couldn’t wait to play with the tap light so they installed it first. Ours cost about $5.00 at our local hardware store. The package included velcro to attach it. We installed it on the inside of the bowl.

2.Use glue and tissue paper squares to cover the outside of the bowl. Glue sticks would probably be less messy. Our jellyfish had to dry overnight before moving past this stage because they were oozing with glue.

3.Once the bell is dry, use glue or even just regular tape to attach strips of streamer or tinsel along the inside edge of the bowl. Real jellyfish have all different lengths and textures to their tentacles so let your kids get creative.

4.Lastly, you will need to attach a string to the bowl so that it can hang. I thought about just taping string to the top. However, the bowl was already covered with tissue paper so it was hard to find a good place to stick the string and be sure that it was secure. I ended up punching two holes in the top, threading some clear fishing line through, and tying it off.

I love hands on projects that support what we are learning about. As we made the jellyfish lights, we talked more about their lack of a brain, how they pulse in the water, and how they must rely on their tentacles to catch their food for them.

Here are some other creative DIY projects that your kids will love:
Coloring Page T-shirt Tutorial
Make Your Own Silly Picture Game
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