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Giant Squids and Jellyfishes

by on Jun 23rd, 2011

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When working with little kids, you always want to go BIG! Not only is it easier for them because their fine motor skills aren’t developed yet, but they are also very much amazed by it! At times, they couldn’t even believe they’re the one who made it! I always love that kind of reaction from the kids!

We intentionally wanted to make squids, but it’s hard to limit the kids and tell them to just place 8 tentacles, so we just let them be and stick as many as they wanted! We ended up saying they made jellyfishes instead of squids! (hehe) I don’t entirely remember where I got this idea, but I remember Teacher Deborah of TeachPreschool sharing the link! :)

What you will need

  • 1 or 2 pcs. of white cartolina (big paper)
  • Old newspapers
  • Gift wrapping papers, colored tissue paper/crepe paper, bubble wrap etc.
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • Plastic egg carton
  • Black marker
  • Paint
  • Glue gun

What to do:

Remember the spray painting activity I shared last time? Check it out HERE.

Step 1: Well we used that art activity to make the body of the squid. After the paper was dry, we cut it into a squid shape and stapled the sides together. Leave the bottom part open.

Step 2: Hand the kids some old newspapers or the like and let them stuff it inside

Step 3: Help the seal the giant squid using some glue/tape or a stapler

Step 4: Use the bubble wrap, gift wrapper or tissue paper cut into stripped and glue to the bottom part to make the legs/tentacles

Step 5: Make eyes using the egg carton and a black marker then glue it on using a glue gun

Enjoy your GIANT squids! …or jellyfishes! :)



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Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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