Chipper Recycle Crafts: DIY Plastic Bag Jellyfish

Jellyfishes are one of Chipper’s favorite animals because they are just so fascinating: they lack heads, hearts, and brains, they existed before dinosaurs, and they never stop growing! These amazing animals are 95% water and can even sting when they’re dead! There are around 1000 to 1500 different types of jellyfish worldwide, including one of the top 10 deadliest animals on earth, the Australian Box Jellyfish. Learn more about these awesome sea creatures!

Try making this easy and fun jellyfish craft with your kids this weekend. It can be made from materials you have lying around at home– all you need is a plastic bag, some safety scissors, string, and an empty see-through bottle. It is also a fun way to remind your little one that the environment needs to be kept clean to sustain these amazing little creatures! Plastic bags are a dangerous pollutant to our oceans and teaching our younger generations to utilize reusable bags more often is an invaluable lesson. Learn more about how plastic bags harm our environment and how to avoid using them here.

First, take a plastic bag and cut out a small square. Chipper’s was the size of a CD case. Any color plastic bag will do!

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Secondly, pinch the middle of the plastic bag square so that it forms a head.  Use string to tie off the bag to secure the head.


Using scissors, carefully cut the bottom of the bag into thin strips–these are the jellyfish’s tentacles!


Fill a empty bottle with water (Chipper used an empty milk jug). Stuff your jellyfish into the bottle, cap the bottle, and shake to watch your jellyfish in action!

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Along with this craft, a fun and active activity to engage your little one would be to act like jellyfish around the house. “Sting” each other and play a game of tag!

Let’s Go Chipper for Jelly Fish this weekend with a wiggle and a giggle!

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