Summer will be here before you know it and we love the beach! It is super fun to create beach themed crafts with your little one and this Seahorse Tissue Paper project is exactly what you need to get your kids creative.
Incorporate color theory and fine motor skills with this easy craft. Introduce pattern and texture as well. This craft works seamlessly with “Mister Seahorse” by Eric Carle.
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A seahorse is one of the ocean’s cutest creatures and your children will love to pretend that their seahorse is swimming through the ocean. Simply cut the tissue paper into strips for them and they can do the rest!
How To Make a Tissue Paper Seahorse
What You Need:
Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable craft card at the bottom of this post.
Craft Tools Needed:
- Tissue Paper – purple, green, blue
- Mod Podge
- Seahorse Template
- Oaktag or cardboard
Tissue Paper Seahorse Tips
We used purple, green and blue tissue paper but you can easily use whatever colors you like or have on hand.
Pour the Mod Podge or glue into a cup and use a paintbrush or cotton swab to apply the glue.
Trace and cut out the template onto your cardboard piece.
You can use the free seahorse template I provided here. Print it out and trace it onto your cardboard.
Cut each strip into 3 inches
If you have really small kiddos crafting with you, do this step for them as a way to prepare the tools and supplies. If your kids are learning how to use scissors, this is a fantastic way to exercise those scissor skills!
Apply Mod Podge A Little At A Time
The Mod Podge dries pretty quickly, so I suggest you do a small section at a time.
Crinkle each piece of tissue paper and press down into glue
The tissue paper size does not have to be exactly 3 inches – that’s why this craft is so great for young kiddos. Plus, the crinkling will help them strengthen their fine motor skills.
Continue until your entire seahorse is covered with crinkled tissue paper balls.
Kiddos can create their own patterns! This is such a fun craft for little ones.
Will the Colors of The Tissue Paper Run?
No. The tissue paper color will not bleed as long as you do not apply glue to the top of the tissue paper.
Can my preschool aged child do this seahorse craft on their own?
Yes! As long as you provide necessary assistance with pouring the glue and cutting the tissue paper into strips, prior to them starting, they can easily do this project on their own.
How to Make a Tissue Paper Seahorse Craft
- Paint Brush
- 1 piece Tissue Paper- blue
- 1 piece Tissue Paper- purple
- 1 piece Tissue Paper- green
- 1 square oaktag or poster board
- 1/3 cup ModgePodge or Glue
- Start by tracing and cutting out the template onto your cardboard piece.
- Cut tissue paper into 1-inch long strips
- Cut each strip into 3 inches.
- Working in sections, apply a little bit of ModgePodge with a brush to the seahorse shape.
- Crinkle each piece of tissue paper and press down into the glue.
- Continue until your entire seahorse is covered with crinkled tissue paper balls.
- Let dry completely.
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