This fish craft for kids is part of a larger collection of ocean animals which will be released all week long. If you missed it, check out the DOLPHIN, SEA TURTLE, OYSTER, CRAB and the OCTOPUS. Honestly, you will want to make them all. And each starts with the same first step, making a triangle frame from large popsicle sticks. I can’t wait to see your versions of these sea creatures!
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- 3 Large popsicle sticks
- Elmer’s glue
- Light green construction paper
- Darker green construction paper
- Glue stick
- Medium pompom
- Light green paint
- Small googly eye
- Light green tissue paper squares
I have some good news for you very busy parents out there…I have found a way to remove many of the obstacles to spending time crafting with your kids. Because I know that you are here because you know how fun (and important) it is to create together as a family, but it can be a challenge!
To make it easier, we are doing a couple of things differently. First of all, every craft that you see will actually be possible for children to make (not just for grown ups to make for kids). Second, we use the same MASTER LIST of supplies for every project on this site. That may seem like a little thing, but once you fill up your bag and realize that you are now ready to make anything your kids choose at a moment’s notice, you will realize the genius of this approach (that’s right, I am patting myself on the back…OK, maybe genius is going a little far, but it is pretty awesome!)
Step 1: Make the Triangle
- Glue the 3 large large popsicle sticks into a triangle shape
- Allow the glue time to dry
- *You may want to make the triangles the day before and let them dry over night so that you are ready to go. As a matter of fact, make several so that you can craft away.
Step 2: Paint
- Place your popsicle stick triangle frame on the newspaper and squeeze out a bit of light green paint
- Pinch the pompom with the clothespin to form a “paint brush”
- Paint the frame and allow it to dry
*Tip: After you paint the frame, move it right away and again a couple of times while it is drying to keep it from sticking to the newspaper
Step 3: Build the Foundation
- First, place the triangle onto the light green construction and trace around the outside.
- Then, draw a second line about 1/8″ inside that triangle and cut it out.
- OR you can use the FREE template for the triangle (and other parts of this project)
- Last, glue the triangle onto the back of the triangle frame.
Step 4: Add the Details
- Take out your pre-cut light green tissue paper squares and layer them, using your glue stick, onto half of the triangle (the larger half). These are his scales.
- Draw a tiny heart for his lips, flipper, tail and fin for his back…
- OR print the FREE template and use it to trace and cut out these parts.
- Once cut out, glue the pieces in place on your fish.
- Then, glue his googly eye in place
- Finally, add little details with your markers as desired.
Placing the small squares of tissue paper is also a great way to work on fine motor coordination. Encourage your littles to pick up one piece at a time and to “pinch pinch pinch”. To make it a little more challenging and add the element of crossing midline (more on that HERE), place the tissue pieces opposite of the hand that your child is preferring to use. Then continue to encourage use of that hand, reaching across their body to pick up each piece.