D is for Dolphin Zoo Craft

Make a sparkly dolphin swimming in the ocean using basic craft supplies. Here’s a versatile dolphin zoo craft that would be perfect for your next preschool ocean theme too. It’s a great way to teach your little kids about the letter D and get creative with process art

collage of dolphin process art images with text: D is for Dolphin Process Art A to Zoo AnimalsWe’re getting ready to wrap up Week 1 of A to Zoo Animals and today’s topic was D is for Dolphin, which meant creating a fun D is for Dolphin Zoo Craft. I love dolphins and the little guy does too. They’re such gorgeous creatures.

If you’re interested in seeing what we did the first time around, you can check out that post here

preschooler painting on cardstock with blue paint stick
Today we worked on a really unique dolphin zoo craft. It was part shape collage and kind of process art too. Talk about a great way to make a splash!  

dolphin zoo craft process art on blue cardstock with blue tissue and blue glitter
Process art isn’t about the product, but this project still turned out really cool. It’s mixed media, but for little kids! We used cardstock, tissue paper, and even glitter, paint, and of course glue to make a sparkly dolphin swimming in the ocean. 

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

preschooler squeezing glue onto blue cardstock
D is for Dolphin Zoo Craft

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Background Paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Cardstock Shapes
  • Paint or Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out the inspiration photo and any additional materials. 

Prompts

  • What shapes do you see in the dolphin
  • How can you put the shapes together to design your own dolphin? 
  • How will you use the tissue paper? 
  • Will your dolphin be underwater or jumping out of the water? 

Observe

  • Did the child explore using a variety of materials and tools? 
  • Could he create intentional designs with the materials? 

white oval and triangle glued on blue cardstock to make dolphin zoo craft
This was one of those activities that the little guy worked on for quite a while. I set up the materials and put the inspiration photo out for him to look at. 

preschooler gluing fins cut from white cardstock for dolphin process art
We talked about what shapes we saw and how we could use the shapes to create a dolphin. 

preschooler adding blue tissue paper to dolphin process art
You can see that he slowly created the basic shape by using ovals for the body and nose and triangles for the fins and tail.

dolphin process art on blue cardstock with blue tissue paper
When he was finished, he tore the tissue paper into small pieces and glued them onto the dolphin creating a collage of sorts. 

preschooler adding glue dots to dolphin process art
Not surprisingly, the little guy asked to use glitter for the ocean and so he created waves with glitter and glue. It looks incredible. 

preschooler sprinkling glitter onto D is for dolphin process art
The detail that he created with the different textures is nothing less than amazing. Tissue paper and glitter glue, my friends. 

Dolphin Zoo Craft 9
You can see the dots and lines that he drew with the glue and the glitter makes every detail sparkle. He was for sure totally proud of his artwork. 

closeup of dolphin process art with blue glitter ocean waves
And because he used glue to collage the tissue paper, there’s just a bit of glitter on the dolphin too. 

closeup of dolphin process art with blue tissue dolphin shape
There’s no doubt that we love process art around here! I mean, seriously. Check out the detail. It’s all kinds of awesome to think that he created this from just an inspiration photo and a few basic supplies. 

closeup of dolphin process art with blue tissue and blue glitter
Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing more of what we’re up to with our A to Zoo Animals theme. And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!

More Preschool Zoo Crafts & Activities:

10 Quick & Easy Zoo Craft Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers
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A is for Alligator Activities
A is for Alligator Zoo Craft
B is for Bird Activities
B is for Bird Craft
C is for Camel Activities
C is for Camel Craft
D is for Dolphin Activities
D is for Dolphin Craft 
E is for Elephant Craft
The Process is Almost Always More Important Than The Product
F is for Fox Craft
G is for Gorilla Craft
J is for Jellyfish Craft
L is for Llama Craft
T is for Tiger Activities + Curriculum Design
U is for Urchin Craft

MGT-Blog-Transparent-300x300As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #mgtblogger

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collage of dolphin process art images with text: Dolphin Collage