Kids can use a variety of materials to make a colorful fish. This is what you’ll need:
- Paper plates (the cheaper, paper kind work best)
- Black permanent marker
- Glitter glue
- Bingo bottles filled with washable tempera paint
- Glue or hot glue
Step 1 – Prep the Project
Cut a large triangle out of the paper plate. The opening where the triangle was will be the fish’s mouth. Glue or hot glue the triangle piece to the opposite side of the plate to form the tail of the fish. Draw some scales on the fish with a permanent marker. This makes the project a little less abstract and kids can really envision that they are going to be decorating a fish.
Connect: Kids can get scissor practice by cutting out the triangle themselves.
Step 2 – Decorate the Fish
Give kids the glitter glue to squeeze onto the scales. Smaller kids may want to squeeze all of the glue out at once. You can let them, or you can encourage them to use less. (I like to say, “dot, dot, not a lot.”) You can also refill the glitter glue containers with some clear glue to reuse them! Once there is plenty of glitter glue on the fish, let the kids know that they are almost done using the glue. Remove the glue from the table and hand out paint brushes. Kids can then use the brushes to paint the glue around the fish. The next step is to further decorate the fish using bingo bottles filled with paint. This adds bolder color to the decoration.
Connect: Talk about the scales. Explain what they are called. Try to encourage your child to put one dot in each scale. It’s OK if that doesn’t happen, though!
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