Aside from my obsession with new recipes and saving money, my whole goal in life is to trick my second-grader into thinking learning is fun. His teachers have mastered the art of deception. I … on the other hand … well, I’m working on it. Here’s the proof.
My son’s fascination with jellies hasn’t waned since we did
our first jellyfish activity (check out the awesome tunnel book we made here).
When I picked up Bob Barner’s book Fish
Wish at the library for our youngest boy, I marveled at the amazing art –
especially the two pages full of floating jellyfish. Barner’s book was the
inspiration for this art project.
1 sheet of thin white gift wrap tissue paper (or perhaps
used dryer sheets?)
1 piece of blue paper
Jellyfish body patterns (download the ones we used here)
Before we created our own mixed-media jellyfish art, we read
a wonderful book by Twig C. George.
What I loved about Jellies:
The Life of Jellyfish is that it was written with a child in mind. (It
starts “If you were a jellyfish …”.) It was hard to imagine a “bump and sting”
lifestyle, but that’s precisely what George’s book had us doing. Seventeen
kinds of jellies were pictured and identified, giving my son and I plenty to
discuss about their similarities and differences. This book is, of course,
non-fiction, but it read like a wonderful fiction adventure in which we both pondered
living as a jellyfish would!
When we were done reading, we put the book aside, and I gave
my son some jellyfish writing paper to record five facts he’d learned. (Writing
is my son’s achilles heel, so whenever I can sucker him into doing it, I will.)
It was up to him to decide which jellies to make and how
many. Now he traced the patterns onto the thin tissue paper and cut them out. (Cut
carefully, the paper tears easily!) Note: In order to make it to swimming
lessons in time, I helped with the cutting.
Once cut, we used a gluestick and layered the tissue onto the blue paper to make
Lastly, he cut and attached random lengths of grey yarn at
the bottom of each jelly as stingers. Some dots of white school glue did the