In the summertime we spend a lot of time outdoors and at the beach. The beach is often a favorite place for children to visit, not only because of the water but because of the sand. At the beach you can even encounter some of nature's coolest creatures like the jellyfish. Jellyfish are marina animals that have gelatin like bell shaped bodies with hanging tentacles. You and your child can make your own jellyfish with a few materials. This craft is sure to be loads of fun.
- heavy-weight paper bowls
- white yarn
- glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint (we used FolkArt and Martha Stewart brands)
- paint brushes and painting supplies
- zipper sandwich bags
- skewer or sharp pencil
- Paint the bowl inside and out. Use two or more coats of paint for a brighter "glow".
- For the tentacles, cut 10 - 12 pieces of yarn approximately 36 inches in length. Place them in a zipper sandwich bag with several squirts of glow paint and seal the bag.
- Squish! Squish! Squish! until the yarn is completely covered, adding more paint if necessary. If the paint is too thick, add a little water to the bag.
- Hang the yarn to dry.
- At the center of the bowl, punch two holes about 0.5 inch apart using a skewer or sharp pencil.
- Cut a piece of yarn approximately 40 inches long. Thread it through the two holes so that both ends come out the bottom of the bowl.
- From the inside of the bowl, pull the yarn up to form a small loop. Thread the tentacles through and roughly center them under the loop.
- Flip the bowl, pull the yarn taut and tie a double knot.
- Back on the inside, grasp the tentacles as one bunch and tie a single knot.
- The frilly appendages flanking the mouths of some types of jellyfish are called oral arms. To recreate these, unravel a few pieces of yarn that hang close to the center of the bunch.
- Charge your jellyfish creation in bright light for at least 30 minutes. Turn out the lights and enjoy its luminous glow!