Use your beach treasures to create an Under the Sea puppet scene!  If your child likes to collect pebbles, you could create a bulldozer- go with whatever their interests or imagination may be! 


  • Plastic lid *
  • Craft/ X-acto knife & cutting mat/ board (to be used by an ADULT)
  • White, craft glue
  • Paintbrushes
  • Craft Sand
  • Acrylic paint
  • Cardstock/thicker paper
  • Pencil/ eraser
  • Colouring materials
  • Paper scraps
  • Shells, beach glass etc.
  • Permanent markers

*If you don’t have a plastic lid, our friend Rachel from I Heart Craft Things has paper plate idea we show you below.

We always find these items useful too:



  • Wash and dry a plastic lid.   Have an adult cut a slit in your lid using a craft knife and a cutting mat/board.
  • Using white craft glue, paint where you would like sand for the bottom of your ocean.  Put a sheet of paper on a tray and place your lid in your tray.  The paper will catch your sand and is then easy to bed into a funnel shape to put your excess sand back into your container to use for another project.  Sprinkle your sand while your glue is still wet, moving your lid around to assure that the sand makes contact with the glue.  Allow to dry overnight.
  • Draw a wave and paint it in with acrylic paint.  We used inexpensive craft grade, so you might need a few layers if you go with this type as well.  Other types of paint like tempera may flake off of plastic.  Fill in the other portion of your sky after the wave has completely dried.  Of course these are only what we did.  If your child has other ideas, it is always best to encourage that energy and individuality!
  • Draw your sea creature on thicker paper and cut it out.  Our daughter went with a mermaid, but you could go with a whale, fish- whatever you like!  Perhaps something that exists in your imagination!
  • Colour it in, outline the features and if you like decorate it with items that you might have at home- scraps of paper, bits of fabric, re-use gift wrap etc.  Let it dry.
  • Glue a popsicle stick or tongue depressor on the back near the upper portion.
  • Decorate your sea scene however you may like- so for example create sea weed from tissue paper or crepe paper, add some shells or sea glass. You could draw these items too!
  • To finish the edge of the theatre we glued on beach glass, making sure to use small, light weight pieces so as not to make your theatre too heavy!
  • Once dry, enjoy creating narratives for play!

* Don’t have a plastic lid?  This paper plate idea from our friend Rachel at I Heart Crafty Things works like a charm!

Swimming Jelly Fish Paper Plate Fish Puppet Craft from I Heart Crafty Things

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Make a RECYCLED MERMAID THEATRE:  Use your beach treasures and a plastic lid to create this stick puppet theatre for imaginative play!


  • Creating narratives to accompany play.
  • Getting out into nature.

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you use a tray and a smock to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Use scissors and a glue gun with care and direct, adult supervision.
  • Small items such as shells can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths.
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