Paper Whale Craft - Whale Template Included!

Does your toddler, preschooler, or older kid absolutely love whales? If so, they are going to love helping with this whale craft as their next afternoon project. We have even included a free whale template to make this whale paper craft super easy! Follow the step by step directions below to get started on your paper whale craft.

Whale craft for kids

The fun doesn't have to stop there! Check out our other ocean crafts and activities like this ocean thumbprint craft, this feed the shark matching game, or this ice sensory fish activity.

Whale craft template

What we really love about ocean crafts is how they work brilliantly with lessons! You can explore all kinds of things about whales or just have a fun conversation as you put together your whale craft. For younger kids, they will love reading A Whale of a Tale by Bonnie Worth before starting their paper whale craft. Have fun with it!

Ready to get started on your whale craft? Scroll down below to grab your whale craft template and for easy step-by-step directions!

Paper whale craft

If you enjoy this whale paper craft we also have a selection of other under-the-sea paper crafts that you might enjoy that all come with printable templates:

Whale Craft

Whale craft supplies

  • Whale template
  • Coloured craft papers - dark grey, light grey, blue, and white
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Watercolour paints - blue
  • Paintbrush

How to make a paper whale craft

STEP 1: Round up all your whale craft supplies

Before you get started, make sure you round up all your supplies! This makes things soooooo much easier when it comes to crafting time. If you haven't snagged your free whale template yet, make sure to scroll down below and get it (use code whale to get your template for free).

whale template

STEP 2: Prepare your whale template

Next, prepare your template by printing it on the appropriate coloured papers and cutting them out. The body goes on dark grey paper, the belly pieces go on light grey paper, the water splashes go on blue paper, and the eyes go on white paper.

Alternatively, you can have your child decide what colour whale they want! Or you can print it all out on white paper and have them colour it in or paint it.

STEP 3: Glue the whale craft together

Now it's time to put together your cool whale craft! Start by gluing the belly piece on the bottom of the body, followed by the fins, eyes, and water splashes as shown below.

You may also want to cut out and colour in some bubbles for your whale.

how to make a whale

STEP 4: Paint the ocean background

Grab a white sheet of paper and have your child help paint the paper with blue water colours. This will serve as the big blue ocean for your whale! Set it aside and allow time to dry.

STEP 5: Finish up the whale craft

After your blue ocean has had time to dry, glue down your whale and the bubbles. Your whale craft is now complete!

whale paper craft


To download this whale craft template for free click on the link below and use the discount code - whale. For personal or classroom use only. Not for redistribution. All images are copyrighted. Thank you.

whale craft template

This paper whale craft is such a fun ocean project to do with toddlers, preschoolers, and older kids too. Kids will have so much fun using our free whale template to put together their own whale paper craft! We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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