Have you ever been to the beach and picked up a sand dollar?
I remember finding one in the sand when I was about eleven. I brought it home with the intention of turning it into something, but never did.
Since then, I’ve found out that picking up sand dollars is not really the best thing to do. It’s best for them and the environment to leave them put.
But if you still want to have a memento of a beach trip or just a cool way to memorialize ocean life, this sea animal suncatcher craft is a cute project for kids!
This is a really fun summer art project for little ones.
It’s also great for teaching color families, sea life, number recognition, and fine motor skills – all at once!
Keep reading to get the full project instructions – and the free craft template. And, for more fun with ocean animals, take a look at our easy Coffee Filter Crab Craft!
Easy Sea Animal Suncatcher Craft for Kids
To make this sea animal suncatcher craft, you’ll need the following: (This post contains affiliate links. For details, see our Disclosure Policy.)
- Printer (with ink)
- Printer Paper
- Child-safe scissors
- Glue stick
- Colored pencils or crayons
- A copy of our free Sea Animal Suncatcher Template (located further down the page)
Start by printing out the blank color code page, the color key, and the animal templates you plan to use.
Use the color key to see how to fill in your suncatcher coded template.
All of the colors are on the bright side of the spectrum, but you can really use any five colors you choose.
A completed color coded page is also included, if you want to double check how the finished page should look.
Now, let the kids use child-safe scissors to cut out the animal template.
Glue the animal silhouette to the center of the finished color coded page.
All that’s left to do now is hang it in a window!
You can make a cardboard frame for the outside edges, if you like. Or just add masking tape to the back to place it in a sunny spot!
Scroll down to get your Sea Animal Suncatcher Craft Template!
Love this project? Try some other summer-themed crafts!
To get your copy of the template for this Sea Animal Suncatcher, click the image or the link below to download it directly to your computer!