Mister Seahorse Art Project

Book Pairing:

We’re pairing Eric Carle’s Mister Seahorse and a colorful mixed-medium art project.

This activity is from our Night of the Moonjellies post.


  1. Blue & green kool-aid packets
  2. Empty jars (for kool-aid watercolors)
  3. Spatula
  4. Paint brushes
  5. Watercolors
  6. Oil pastels
  7. Mister Seahorse & sea weed template (or sharpies and white paper if students want to draw their own)
  8. Glitter glue

Getting Started:

I brought out our oil pastels, watercolors, and a Mister seahorse template I drew for each student.

The kids used the oil pastels to add dots and dabs of color to Mister Seahorse.

Next, they used watercolors to paint over the entire body. The water color naturally resists the oil pastel markings leaving a vibrant, colorful result.

We set them aside to dry.

I mixed kool-aid with water to make scented watercolors. The kids used their spatula to make drips and waves across their blank pages.

They chose the medium (oil pastel or paint) for their seaweed.

Once dry, I cut out their Mister Seahorse and seaweed.  The kids glued their underwater scene and added glitter glue to make them sparkle!

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