Under the Sea is a fun and visual topic for early years settings. These easy under the sea paper plate crafts are great for children to make and take home or for decorating a themed corner or room in the setting. They can either be stuck to a wall or suspended from the ceiling with a piece of thread for a moving display.

pastel fish

Glitter Glue Fish

A simple fish shape can be created by cutting a triangle shape from the paper plate and glueing to the opposite side as a tail. Children can then paint with pearlescent paint and decorate with glitter glue before adding wiggly eyes once the paint is dry.

Paper plate fish

Pipe Cleaner Fish

Cutting a circle from the centre of the paper plate and sticking pipe cleaners across the hole creates a fun and interesting fish to hang in a window. A cardboard head and fins and crepe paper tail can then be added with some more pipe cleaners for a little added sparkle.

mosaic fish

Mosaic Scale Fish

Mosaic squares can be used to add scales to a fish which has been made using pretty pearlescent paint on a paper plate.


The Shark

The ferocious teeth of this shark are made by folding a paper plate in half and cutting spiky teeth shapes along the fluted edge of the paper plate. This can then be glued to another paper plate. A cardboard tail and fins can be stuck to the plate before painting with silver or grey paint and adding wiggly eyes.

paper plate jellyfish

Paper Plate Jellyfish

The tentacles of this cute jelly fish are made from strips of tissue paper and pipe cleaners. The plate was also painted and decorated with glitter glue before adding wiggly eyes.

bubble wrap fish

Bubble Wrap Print

Bubble wrap is great for painting and using to create a scale like effect on paper plate fish. For this fish a variety of pastel and metallic coloured paints were used.

paper plate tropical print

Clown Fish

Photographs of reel tropical fish can be used to copy the markings onto paper plates before adding colour with paint. We particularly love clown fish for their distinctive and bright markings which are great for little hands to paint.

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