Are you looking for easy under the sea crafts for kids? Then try this adorable paper plate submarine craft.
With only a few household items your children are able to create a fun yellow submarine display.
It makes the perfect ocean activity for preschoolers.
Let’s dive right in.
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It’s Kelly from Kelly’s Classroom Online and I’m here to tell you about a fun, under-the-sea-themed craft for you to make with your children this summer.
This DIY submarine craft is inspired by the classic song Yellow Submarine by The Beatles.
How to Make a Submarine with Paper Plates
Making a submarine porthole is super easy and requires materials that can be purchased inexpensively at a dollar store.
Children in preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary school will enjoy this activity.
Here is what you will need to make this fun under-the-sea art project:
Yello Submarine Craft Materials
- Two paper plates
- Blue watercolors
- Yellow tempera paint
- White glue
Submarine Craft Instructions
Paint the back of two paper plates yellow and set them aside to dry. Then cut a large hole in one of the paper plates. These paper plates will become the edges of a porthole… the round exterior window of a submarine.
Once your paper plates are dry, use your crayons and draw an underwater scene on one of your plates. Draw an underwater scene you might see if you were to look through a porthole.
Add some fish and other sea creatures, rocks, plants, shells, seabed, etc. You could even draw a shipwreck if you wanted to! Use your imagination and have fun with it.
Be sure to apply a lot of pressure to the crayon while drawing and coloring. The harder you press, the brighter your final product will be.
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After you draw your underwater scene, take your watercolors and paint over everything. The watercolors will adhere to the paper plate, but not to the crayon. This will add a watery effect to your drawing.
When you are done, set the paper plate aside until the watercolors dry.
Take your two paper plates and glue them together with the yellow sides. After the glue dries, your underwater scene is complete.
Now you can pretend you are in a yellow submarine and are looking through the porthole.
Feel free to add additional embellishments to your fish tank submarine decoration if you’d like. You can also punch a hole in it and add a string so you can hang it from the ceiling for everyone to see.
About the Author
Kelly Wilson is a veteran teacher of almost 30 years. She has taught everything from preschool to 8th grade, however, early elementary education is her specialty.
Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and English and a Master’s degree in Qualitative Research. She currently lives in New York with her three cats and is enjoying a well-earned sabbatical.
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