This post was originally published September 19, 2013.
With a great love for sea lions, my daughter‘s most favorite things to do during a SeaWorld San Diego visit is spend time at Pacific Point. In anticipation of one of our many visits to the park we had some fun making a sea lion kids craft.
My daughter’s very first visit to SeaWorld is where her fascination with sea lions began. With her knowledge of sea lions maturing over the years due to amazing learning opportunities at SeaWorld, she has proudly declared her desire to work with the marine animals. Each time we visit our day begins by saying hello to her favorite friends. Last year she spent time with Clyde the sea lion at SeaWorld and said it was, “the best day ever!”
The simple kids craft was made using basic supplies we already had at home.
Sea Lion Kids Craft
- paper plate
- pipe cleaners
- construction paper
- googly eyes
- safety scissors and hole punch
At just four years old my daughter was able to complete each step of the craft on her own with my supervision.
Start by coloring the back of a paper plate. My daughter wanted to make a brown sea lion but creating colorful sea lions is just as much fun. Assist your child cutting around the edge of the plate with safety scissors.
Punch two holes directly next to each other in the middle of the plate and use the pipe cleaners to make the sea lion’s whiskers.
Adhere the googly eyes and draw a nose.
Cut out two flippers from construction paper and glue the edges to the back of the plate. To finish the project give your sea lion a big smile! Adding the mouth was my daughter’s favorite step of the craft. She told me her sea lion is happy because she is going to feed him fish.
For more crafting and pretend play, glue a popsicle stick to the back to make a sea lion puppet!
What is your child’s most favorite marine animal?
See more about our experiences at SeaWorld San Diego and read my why I still choose to support SeaWorld. A few of my favorite visits include my daughter learning that girls can be anything they want to be from Miss California and learning about a killer whale trainer’s first hand experience with whales.