Easy Starfish Craft (with Template) for Kids

Looking for fun beach-themed craft ideas? Children will love working to make this adorable starfish craft. 

Easy Starfish Craft for Kids

Continue reading for a step-by-step guide and a list of materials needed for this adorable summer starfish activity.

This ocean-themed project is wonderful for preschool and elementary-aged children. It is an adorable project.

I was so pleased with this craft that I framed my daughter’s starfish art to display on our shelf alongside our favorite Books About Ocean Animals and Sea Life.

While constructing this craft, children will practice a variety of fine motor and art skills. They will paint, cut, glue, blend, and trace to create a realistic beach scene featuring an adorable starfish.

Starfish Craft Template and Materials

  • Watercolor Paper
  • Chalk Pastels
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue Stick
  • Liquid Pearl Paint or Glitter Glue
  • Starfish Template

How to Make Starfish Craft

Step 1:

Print the Starfish Template onto card stock or watercolor paper. Give each child their own template.

Step 2:

To start, paint a simple beach scene. Use colors that mimic beach sand and ocean water to create a landscape that will be the backdrop of your craft. I used a sandy beige color for the sand, teal for shallow ocean water, and blue to represent the deeper ocean waters.

To create the beach scene rub the sand-colored chalk pastel horizontally across the watercolor paper creating a thick stripe across the paper.

Easy Starfish Craft for Kids

Next, rub a turquoise colored chalk pastel horizontally to make a thick stripe just below the sand-colored stripe. Finally, rub a blue chalk pastel just under the teal color until you fill the remaining paper with the color. 

Step 3:

Use a wet paintbrush to brush water over the chalk pastels. The wet brush will allow you to seamlessly blend the colors where they meet causing a beautiful gradient effect. It will also settle the chalk and prevent it from transferring once dry.

Step 4:

Rub chalk pastel in the color of your choosing over the starfish. Brush water over the starfish to move and blend the chalk pastel creating a watercolor effect. Once dry, cut out the starfish.

Easy Starfish Craft for Kids

Step 5:

Using a glue-stick, apply glue to the back of the starfish and paste it onto the beach scene you painted in step 2.

Step 6:

Finally, using fine-tipped glitter glue or liquid pearl, trace all of the black ink on the starfish. This will add texture and dimension to the craft.

Easy Starfish Craft for Kids

This starfish craft is a great summer activity and displays beautifully.

Ashley Sparks

About the author

Ashley is a cop turned homeschooling mom of three from South Florida. She runs The Purposeful Nest blog where she shares resources for homeschool moms and preschool educators.

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