This art project was a great addition to our Ocean Unit Study for Preschoolers. I originally didn’t have this planned as part of our unit but while we were studying coral reefs and looking at pictures of their bright colors, I realized how easy it would be to make our own coral reefs using leftover scraps and supplies that I already had on hand.
I didn’t have to buy a single thing for this project… I already had everything we needed! This is an easy project to get creative with because there are so many different things you could use depending on what you have around the house.
Here’s what we used:
- One sheet of white construction paper (blue for the ocean would work as well)
- Construction paper cut or shredded into strips and uneven squares or shapes
- Craft scissors
- Little colorful pom-poms
- Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- Glue or glue stick
If you don’t have these things, there are a lot of other things you could use:
- Cotton balls
- Tissue paper
Anything you have around the house- get creative!
Here’s what we did:
I gathered the craft supplies at the table for the kids. Then, I cut and pasted a dark gray piece of construction paper and glued it on to represent rocks. This gave the kids a base to make their coral reefs on. I cut different random shapes: longer wavy strips of paper for seaweed and shorter pieces to look like coral.
Create!! My kids tore paper, glued pom-poms, colored with markers, and used their imagination. This was a great project to just set up and then walk away and let them do their thing. It kept them busy for awhile and they didn’t need any help once all of the scissor work was done.