I’ve got more great activities for kids (and parents) for you today. I know the summer may be feeling never-ending or it may be winding down for you, either way a cute crafty activity that you can enjoy with your kids will be a great way to spend an afternoon.
Today I have Denine and Daniele from We Know Stuff sharing an adorable jellyfish craft that I want to make when we get home from our road trip. It looks so fun.
This is only one idea in my series of Real Summer of Fun activities. The activities are designed to be simple and inexpensive things we can do with our kids to make this a summer of real fun for everyone.
Denine & Daniele are Gemini Irish twins that spend entirely too much time together. Living on coastal Long Island, NY with their families, they operate We Know Stuff, a parenting and lifestyle blog.
Summer is in full swing in our part of the country, which means that we’re getting plenty of sun, sand and surf. Before heading out for the day with my kids, I always check our local weather station just in case any sudden summer storms are headed our way. As I was elbow deep in our beach bag, making sure I had packed enough sunscreen, I heard the reporter mention jellyfish.
As I glanced up from my beach day packing, I was rather surprised to hear that two children in our area had been stung by Portuguese man o’ war. Being a coastal community, we naturally have a supply of everyday common jellyfish in our oceans and bays, but the man o’ war was a very different kind of jellyfish. Although they are common to our area, there aren’t many of them, which makes these sightings so rare.
My kids were very excited to hear that a jellyfish of this size was creeping around our favorite swimming spots and they instantly began asking questions. After showing them some pictures online of these wonderfully colored creatures, we decided it would be a ton of fun to make one of our very own. The best part? These tentacles don’t sting!
- Clear party favor bag or sandwich bag
- 1 bottle (5 oz.) clear Elmer’s glue
- Assorted sequins
- 2 Rainbow Loom bands
- Yarn, string or ribbon
- Googly eyes
Step 1: Fill bag with a handful of sequins. Pour 3/4 of the bottle of Elmer’s glue into the bag.
Step 2: Squeeze out excess air and tightly wrap rainbow loom band around the base. You will be creating a balloon-type shape. Wrap the second band right below the first one.
Step 3: Cut assorted length of ribbon and tuck them into the bands. Glue some googly eyes and hang!
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