The Beach: Rainbow Fish

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There are so many amazing creatures in the sea! Your child will sharpen their fine motor skills and color recognition while creating this whimsical fish inspired by a beloved children’s book.Craft/Activity/Snack: Tissue Paper Rainbow Fish craft
Objective: Create a colorful fish using tissue paper
Skills Utilized: color recognition, fine motor skills, gluing
Suggested Reading: The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Materials: glue, construction paper (any color), colorful tissue paper (I found these squares at the Dollar Tree), marker to draw your fish shape (or print a template found online), scissors. Optional: googly eyes/paper eyes

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First, draw or use a simple fish shape template on the paper your child chooses. Maddy and her friend picked out pink and blue. Cut out of the fish shape. An older child can cut the shape out themselves (no worries if it isn’t perfect!)

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Next, spread the glue on the fish and let your child place the tissue paper anywhere they’d like! We named the colors while we worked and practiced sharing the paper too (just like the rainbow fish shares his scales!). We also had fun tossing some of the tissue paper on the floor 😉

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They spent quite a while on this project so I did need to reapply glue every so often.

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You can leave these as is or add an eye and a smile to add some extra (albeit unrealistic) cuteness.

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Ways to Expand upon this Activity: 

  1. Put your fish on popsicle sticks and put on a puppet show!
  2. Check out this simple cartoon/reading of The Rainbow Fish
  3. Have a dance party to “Under the Sea” from the Little Mermaid!

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