Rainbow Fish Paper Plate Craft

Rainbow Fish Paper Plate Craft

I really love this Rainbow Fish Paper Plate Craft. The Rainbow Fish series of books are some of my favorites to read in Kinder and I find that they are a great way of starting a great discussion about friendship and sharing. Every year these books are one of the most requested by my class and we love extending our learning with some fun art and craft activities to go with it.

While there are a lot of different ways to make this Rainbow Fish, I prefer to use finger painting for our method as it avoids the time consuming task of cutting out all of the scales! It’s also another very cheap craft activity. I used our class paints and scrap paper for the fins, meaning that I spent less than $4 on the rest of the materials for a class of 25.

The children also have a lot of fun getting a little bit messy and being creative with their color choices.  Each fish ends up looking different which is a great discussion point. If you have the space, these look fabulous as a large bulletin board display too!

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This activity goes well with

What you need: 

  • Paper Plates
  • Poster Paints
  • Colored Paper (I used scrap paper left over from other activities)
  • Scissors
  • Googly Eyes (optional – you can draw the eyes on with a black marker if you prefer)
  • Sequins
  • Glitter (you can add this to the paint or sprinkle on after).
  • Glue

What to do:

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  • Give each child a paper plate
  • Have the children (or with adult help if needed) cut out a triangle for the mouth
  • Glue the triangle onto the end of the fish to make the tail.
  • Have the children paint their fish using their fingers.
  • Once the paint is dry add some sequins and glitter.
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  • Cut out 2 triangles from some colored paper.
  • Glue the triangles onto the fish to make the fins.
  • Glue on or draw an eye on the fish.
  • Put on display!
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I hope your Kinder class enjoy this fun Rainbow Fish paper plate craft! Make sure you share a photo of your finished fish in the Simply Kinder Facebook Group 


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