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How to Make Fish Crafts and Other Under-the-Sea Creatures for Kids

 

Rainbow Fish Puppet Made from Paper Cups

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What you will need:

9 oz. Paper Cups (You can make smaller fish using smaller paper cups, or Dixie cups that already have a design on them.)

Scissors

3/4" Brass Fasteners

Peel & Stick Wiggle Eyes (Optional)

Dot Color Coding Labels - Found at office supply store. You can also use the filler paperreinforcements.

Colored Paper

Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks

Hole punch

 

How to Make the Paper Cup Fish Puppets:

1. Cut the white rim off of one of the cups. This one will be used for the tail fins.

2. Punch two holes using a sharp object on opposite sides of the cup about 1/2" from the bottom of the cup.

3. Insert the tail cup into the fish-body about one inch.

4. Using a sharp object punch a hole through the tail cup from the hole in the body cup.

5. Insert a brass fastener into the holes on the fish-body cup and through the hole in the tail cup. Put your hand inside the tail cup and flatten out the brad. Do the same thing on the other side of the fish. (If you do not have brads you can just glue the tail to the inside of the body with a low temperature glue gun.)

Here's a handy tip that will make the cup fish easier to assemble! Before inserting the brass fastener, pull the prongs apart. Hold the fastener prongs together while inserting it in the hole. When the prongs are all the way through they will open up making it easier to open them all the way from the inside of the cup.

6. Press the tail cup flat at the edge and cut it in the shape of a fin. Glue it closed with a low temperature glue gun.

7. Cut the side fins from matching paper or card stock, fold down the end, and glue it to the fish.

8. Decorate your fish with dot stickers or anything else you would like.

Handy tip - Remove the paper around the dot stickers before giving them to your children. The stickers will be much easier to remove.

9. To finish glue on to googly eyes. (If you have preschool children, you can draw on the eyes with a Sharpie marker instead.)

You can glue craft sticks or straws to the bottom of the tail and head parts to make your puppet move, or just use your hands.

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Rainbow Fish Puppet Craft Variations Made by Users

Rainbow Fish Puppet Craft
Spotted Paper Fish Cup Craft from www.daniellesplace.com made by Maggie Carr

Maggie Carr made the cute little spotted fish using spotted Paper Cups.

 

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This is a toddler-tested craft

This is a toddler-tested craft

Logan made this paper cup fish with a little help from his dad. He enjoyed deorating the fish with dot stickers.

He especially liked playing with the it. This is a great craft to review names of colors with your toddler!

You can watch a video of Logan making this craft with his dad on Logan's Life.

You can find other toddler-tested crafts on our Kid-tested Crafts Page.

 

 

Paper Lunch Bag Fish with Posable Mouth

Pout-pout fish Craft - Paper Lunch Bag Fish with posable Mouth Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

These unique fish make fun toys for children of all ages. The mouths are made with Chenille stems so they can be posed into many different shapes.

They are a little difficult to make so younger Children will need help forming the bag into the fish shape, but they will enjoy painting, decorating, and posing the fish.

This is a great craft for large groups because they cost less than fifteen cents a piece to make!

What you will need:

Paper Lunch Bags

Chenille Stems

Water Color Paint and Paint Brushes

Scissors

Recycled Plastic Grocery Bag

2 oz. Bottle of Paint or Something Similar that is About 2 1/4" Wide

Masking Tape

 

Paper bag fish diagram

How to Make the Paper Bag Fish:

1. Stuff two plastic grocery bags into the bottom of the paper lunch bag. Gather up the bag just above the plastic bags. Pull up on the sides of the bag to make them straight.

2. Open the bag just enough to place the paint bottle into the center of the bag so that it is standing up. Gather up the bag again around the bottle and secure it with a Chenille stem.

3. Carefully bend down the top of the bag over the bottom of the bag bringing it down over the bottom of the bag as far as possible. Gather up the bag again around the bottom of the bag to form the fish shape and secure it with masking tape.

4. Remove the paint bottle.

5. Cut fish fins from another paper bag and glue them to the fish.

6. Paint the fish with water color paint or other paint and let it dry.

7. When the paint is dry carefully remove the plastic bags from the fishes mouth.

8. To finish glue on googly eyes.

Watch how to make this craft on our View it and Do it! Craft video:

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We would love to see your paper bag fish. If you make this craft send us a picture and we will publish it here!

This craft can also be used to as a treat bag for a fish themed party. Stuff candy and small toys inside the mouth. They can hold a surprising amount of stuff!

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This craft would go great with the Pout-Pout Fish Books.

 

 

Craft Stick Tissue Paper Fish Craft

Rainbow Fish Craft Stick Tissue Paper Fish Craft www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Jumbo Colored Wood Craft Sticks or Natural Wood Jumbo Craft Stick

15mm Wiggle Eyes or Larger

Acrylic Patio Paints and Paint Brushes

Tacky Glue

Pink and Green Leoparde Print Tissue Paper and Animal Print Tissue Paper or Small Pieces of Tissue Paper

Clear Contact Paper (Optional)

Markers

Gems and other Decorative Items (Optional)

 

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How to Make the Craft Stick Fish:

1. Glue the craft sticks together using the pictures to the right as a guide or use the Template.

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2. Decide what tissue paper you would like to use and paint the craft stick fish to match the colors on the tissue paper.

3. Place the painted fish on a piece of paper tracing around the inside of the fish. Cut out the pattern adding one-half inch around the edges. Use the pattern to cut the shape from the tissue paper. (Pattern available to members.) Glue the tissue paper to the back of the fish.

You can also stick clear contact paper on the fish and then have children stick pieces of cut of tissue paper to the contact paper to decorate the fish.

4. To finish glue the wiggle eyes to the fish or draw the eyes with a Sharpie marker. Add other decorative items such as glitter or gems. Draw lines on the fins with a black marker.

5. Glue a string to the top of the fish to hang.

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This is a toddler-tested craft logan fish craft

This is a toddler-tested craft

Logan made the craft stick fish craft with his father. Since he is only two years old his father used clear contact paper instead of the glue to decorate the fish. This worked very well since using glue with tissue paper can be very messy and frustrating for any age.

The clear contact paper was attached to the back of the fish and Logan stuck the tissue paper to the front.

You can watch a video of Logan making this craft with his dad on Logan's Life.

You can find other toddler-tested crafts on our Kid-tested Crafts Page.

 

 

Variations of the Craft Stick Fish Craft

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Here are some creative ways followers have used the Craft Stick Fish Craft from our web site:

Jessica Tennison used the craft stick fish craft to make sea life pictures. She glued the craft stick to a piece of paper and used the regular-sized craft stick instead of the jumbo craft sticks.

We would love to see how you use this craft in your home school or craft classes. Send us a picture and we will publish it here.

 

 

Paper Plate Puffer Fish Craft

Paper Plate Puffer Fish Craft www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Two Paper Plates

Card Stock (Heavy Paper)

Paint

Glue

Scissors

 

How to Make the Puffer Fish Paper Plate Craft:

1. Fold back the top of a paper plate to make the puffer fish shape.

2. Cut the tail fin and other fins from the sides of another paper plate and glue them to the body paper plate.

3. Paint the fish and fins.

4. When the paint is dry cut spike shapes from card stock and glue them all over the body.

5. To finish glue on googly eyes or paint them on.

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Crab Crafts

 

Octopus Crafts

 

 

Humpback Whale Paper Plate Craft for Kids

Humpback Whale Paper Plate Craft for Kids

What you will need:

Dinner-sized paper plates

Paint

Marker

Glue

Scissors

 

How to Make a Paper Plate Humpback Whale:

1. To make the body of the humpback whale fold a dinner-sized paper plate in half.

2. Print out the Patterns for the flukes and flippers and cut them out. Place the fluke pattern in the middle of another paper plate and the flipper pattern on the sides of the fluke pattern. Place the flipper patterns on the paper plate so that the convex edge of the flipper pattern is on the fluted edge of the plate. There is only one flipper pattern so you will have to turn the pattern over and trace it on the other side of the plate to make the other flipper. Cut out the flipper and flukes.

3. Fold the fluke pattern in half, fold up the flukes as shown in the picture, and glue it closed. Glue the fluke to the folded body paper plate as shown in the picture. Glue the body paper plate closed.

4. Fold the end of each flipper and glue them on to each side of the body as shown in the picture.

5. Cut the folded side of the body paper plate so that there is a hump on top of the whale's head as shown in the picture.

6. Visit some web sites with pictures of humpback whales and then paint the whale, let it dry and then draw in details with a marker.

Enchanted Learning Web Site has a printable humpback whale information sheet.
National Geographic has great pictures and information about whales.
American Cetacean Society also has great information about humpback whales.

How to Print or Copy these instructions.

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Twisted Water Bottle Fish Craft for Children

Rainbow Fish Craft - Twisted Water Bottle Fish Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Plastic Water Bottle (The thinnest water bottle you can find)

Tissue Paper

Scissors

White Glue

Paint Brush

Colored Paper for the Fins

Acrylic Paint (Optional)

 

How to Make the Twisted Water Bottle Fish:

water bottle fish diagram

1. Remove the label from the water bottle. If the lable doesn't come off easily, you can fill the bottle with hot water, let it set for a few minutes, and then try to pull it off. The hot water loosens the glue. (Make sure you use the really thin water bottles. They are mucheasier to twist.)

2. Hold the bottom of the bottle with one hand and grasp the bottle about two inches up from the bottom with your other hand. Twist the bottle like you would a balloon to make the tail fin. (See the picture to the right.)

3. Insert a pen or something long and skinny inside the bottle to punch out any areas that were dented in when you twisted the bottle. (You can also blow into the twisted water bottle like you would a balloon to get out any dents. Hold the twisted end so that it doesn't untwist while blowing.)

4. Cut pieces of tissue paper into one-inch squares or irregular shapes.

5. Paint white glue on the bottle and stick the tissuepaper squares on the glue to cover the entire bottle.

6. Cut fins from colored paper and glue to the fish to finish.

*If you have children who do not like to glue, or you don't want the mess, you can just have your children drop the cup pieces of tissue into the bottle and then twist the bottom of the bottle.

Another fun way to make these is to have your children drip different colors of acrylic paint into the mouth of the bottles.

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First twist the bottle, and then untwist it. Let paint drip down into the bottle and then move it around so that the paint makes interesting shapes. Add more colors to get the variegated effect.

If your paint is too thick you can add a little water, but you don't want it too thin either because the colors will become muddied.

When the paint starts to dry re-twist the bottles to make the fish shape.

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Variations of the Twisted Water Bottle Fish Craft from crafters on  www.daniellesplace.com

 

Kathy Hutto used the water bottle fish craft to teach children about how Jesus chose his disciples. She attached the fish to a fishing line with the Bible verse. You can find other ideas on her blog.

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Sea Turtle 3D Paper Craft

Sea Turtle Craft - 3D Paper Sea Turtle Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Cardstock (Heavy Paper)

Paper Glue

Scissors

Crayons or Markers (PrismaColor Pencils)

 

How to make:

1. Print out the patterns for the Turtle's Shell, Turtle's Head, Flippers and Tail.

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Craft tip: Use colored cardstock so you don't have as much to color. Prismacolor colored pencils work great for this project because the lead is soft and covers well without having to press down hard on the paper.

2. Color and then cut out all the body parts.

3. Cut center of the darts on the shell pattern on the side, front and back. Fold down all the dotted lines on the darts.  Glue the darts closed.

4. To finish glue on the head, fins, feet, and tail.

 

Watch Me Grow: Turtle Book for Children

Watch Me Grow: Turtle

7. Fold on the dotted lines so that the two triangles at the bottom are folded up.

8. Staple the shell onto the stomach starting at the back or tail area. Then staple both sides and fill in all the way around the turtle. Leave the neck area open and stuff with fiber fill. 

9. Staple the head on where indicated and staple the shell to close it up. 

10. To finish fold down the flippers.

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Turtle and Tortoise Writing Sheets

Tortoise and Turtle Writing Sheets from www.daniellesplace.com

Use these writing sheets with your studies to write facts or stories about tortoises and turtles.

You can also have your children use both writing sheets and compare tortoises to turtles.

These printouts are available to members.

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Bubble Wrap Design Sea Turtle Craft for Kids

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What you will need:

Plastic Bubble Wrap - both the small and larger bubbles

Acrylic Paint

Paint Roller or Large Paint Brush - at least 1 1/2" wide

Card Stock - heavy paper

Scissors and Glue

How to Make the Sea Turtle Craft:

1. Cut the bubble wrap the same size as your paper.

2. Print out the sea turtle patterns onto card stock. If you do not have a pattern just draw the parts on the paper.

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2. Squirt paint into a container and fill your brush or paint roller with paint.

3. Spread the paint over the bumpy side of the bubble wrap.

4. Place the painted side of the bubble wrap on the pattern paper and press down on the bubble wrap to press the paint onto the paper. Use the large-bubble bubble wrap for the turtle's shell pattern and the small-bubble bubble wrap on the feet and head pattern.

5. Slowly peel the bubble wrap off the pattern paper and let the paint dry.

6. You can add another color over the first color after the first colored has dried.

7. When the paint is dry cut out the sea turtle parts and glue them together.

Kid-tested Craft

Watch Will show how to make the Bubble Wrap Sea Turtle Craft on Youtube:

See other kid-tested crafts on our Kid-tested Crafts Page.

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Crab Crafts

 

Paper Plate Starfish Craft for Kids

3D Paper Starfish Craft Decoration for Ocean-themed VBS and Parties from www.daniellesplace.com. Watch our "View it and Do it Craft! Video to see how it's done.

 

What you will need:

3D Starfish Patterns from www.daniellesplace.com

White Card stock - 90 lb

Washable Glitter Glue

Scissors

Water Color Paint

Paint Brushes

 

How to Make the 3D Paper Starfish:

1. Print out starfish patterns. Cut the patterns out and use them as templates to cut the starfish shapes from card stock. (If you don't have cardstock, you can use a 9" paper plate.)

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2. Place the pattern on top of you cutouts and trace over the fold lines to score the cardstock under the pattern. This will make folding easier.

3. Fold the longer lines on the rays down and the shorter lines in the center up. Crease the lines starting at the center of the starfish out towards the rays.

Paper Plate Starfish Craft for Kids

4. Paint the folded starfish with water color paint and let them dry.

5. When the paint is dry use glitter glue to decorate the starfish.

6. Glue a string or magnet the the starfish to hang them up.

Watch our "View it and Do it Craft!" Video on Youtube to see how to make this craft.

Comments:

We loved the starfish activity in my 1st grade class. To save money I substituted cheerios for the beads. One box was enough for the whole class! A. Braswell, K/1 Looping Teacher

Quick Tip:

To save money on paint make your own wtaer color paint. Mix 4 Tbsp. Baking Soda, 2 Tbsp. White Vinegar, 1/2 tsp. Light Corn Syrup, and add Food Coloring. Pour the mixture into bottle caps and let them dry overnight.

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Under the Sea Crafts on Other Pages

 

Whale or Fish Paper Plate Craft for Children

Jonah and the Whale Bible Review Game for Sunday School from www.daniellesplace.com

Learning Activities

1. Children can paint their paper plate whale or fish to match the colors of a particular whale or fish they are studying.

2. Place pictures of things the fish or whales they made might eat in the mouth of the fish of whale.

3. Write facts about the fish or whale and place them in the mouth.

4. Make up a game using the paper plate whale.

 

Under the See Crafts Ideas on Other Web Sites:

Ocean Diorama from Enchanted Learning.com - Just print out the patterns of the whales and tie them inside a box decorated to look like the sea.

Artist's Helping Kids - Has lots of links to site with Ocean Crafts, Aquatic Crafts, and Sea Life.

Making Friends.com - Has fishing crafts, under the sea crafts, sea life creatures, fish crafts and even a mermaid paper doll. I must see page!