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Rainbow Fish

May 1st, 2012 by Miss Kristin

About a month back I posted on reading a book (The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle) and stretching story time by adding a craft to go with! This month I chose to post about Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. There are some great craft ideas that can go with this great story.

I mentioned Rainbow Fish in a previous post on books worth reading. This story tells of a fish who learns that being selfish isn’t the best and that sometimes giving up the things you prize most, can have far greater rewards. This is a wonderful story to read to your little ones!

Now the (slightly) messier part, the crafts :)

Supplies you will need to make your very own rainbow fish:

Fish #1

  • Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • Template
  • Cardstock or Construction Paper
  • Blue Marker, Crayon, or Paint
  • Colorful Tissue Paper
  • Tin Foil
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googly Eye

Now that you’ve got all the supplies you can begin to make your fish! Start with the template and print or you can trace onto your paper of choice! Color the fins, tail, and face blue. Feel free to use markers, crayons, or paint! After you color, you can start to glue on the colorful tissue paper to the body of your fish. After you’ve made a rainbow of your fish, you can add the tin foil as the shimmering scales! To top it off add the googly eye and you are done :)

Fish #2:

Supplies you will need:

  • Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • Old CD or Blank CD
  • Sequins or other Embellishments
  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue
  • Fishing Wire or String
  • Googly Eyes

For the most part, I would say we buy our music online or have uploaded all our music to our computers, right? Well then, I imagine some of you have old CDs lying around or some blank CDs you have nothing to do with! Here is a craft where the CDs can get some use! Cut out fins and lips from construction paper and glue on the your CD (craft glue is the best because it is heavier and will stick to the CD). After that you can decorate your CD (both sides) with sequins or rhinestones or whatever embellishments you choose to make your fish complete! Oh, and don’t forget to add the eyes!! Hang up your fish using fishing wire or string and see it shine :)

Source: via Connie on Pinterest

I hope you find time to read this story and do one or both of these crafts! Children LOVE to make connections between the stories mom and dad are reading and the arts and crafts they are making!

We would love to hear about your Rainbow Fish tales!

Posted by Miss Kristin

Bio: My name is Kristin, but most here at SLC call me Miss Kristin :) I have been working at Scottsdale Learning Centers since 2007 and LOVE it. It is such a blessing to be a part of the amazing SLC team in the front office and as a pre-k teacher in Room 11! When I'm not at SLC I volunteer as a leader for junior high girls at my church (I am crazy...I know), and needless to say, I have a passion for kids!

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