If you’re looking for a way to excite and engage children, you can’t go wrong with sea creatures: there are so many ways to explore color, texture and shape. And our 3D paper fish craft is a great way to really bring the topic to life and capture young imaginations. The easy to create 3D element is a simple way to add lift and perspective to the craft, as well as a bit of movement and fun.
The craft can also be used to support learning around different kinds of fish and their habitats, and could even be used as a prompt for starter conversations on plastic and protecting marine environments.
But it would be equally as fab just pinned up on the wall!
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White Cardstock for Printing
x3 Short Cardstock Strips
Blue & Yellow Paper
Use your favourite type of paint to color the fish. If you’re a Disney fan, you could use orange and black like Nemo, or yellow and blue like Dory, but we love using lots of colors for a really tropical looking fish!
Carefully cut the toilet paper roll in half vertically.
Dip the edge of the toilet paper roll in a different colored paint – we’ve used white, but you could use any bold, contrasting color – and print it onto the fish’s body. Keep dipping and printing in lines across the body to create scales.
Once everything is dry, carefully cut out the elements from the template.
You can design any kind of habitat, but since we’re doing a tropical fish, we’ve created a beach-like underwater scene.
Tear a strip of yellow paper (it doesn’t have to be straight, in fact it’s better if it isn’t!) and stick it onto some light blue cardstock to make a sandy seabed.
Then tear two strips of blue paper for the water. Stick one strip above the yellow sand, leave a space of an inch or two, then stick on the second strip to create a wavy ocean.
To complete the scene, cut out seaweed shapes from light and dark green tissue paper. Make sure you have some longer and shorter pieces of weed and stick a few to either side of the scene, layering and overlapping a little, to give your picture depth.
It’s time to move onto the fish! First, stick the eye and ‘pucker up’ kissy lips onto the head. Then stick the fins onto the body, the larger one at the top and the smaller one in the middle. Finally, stick the tail onto the left-hand side of your underwater scene.
Now to create the 3D part! Cut two strips lengthwise from a sheet of yellow A4 card, and cut them in half. Take the first strip, curl it around to make a ring and secure it with a spot of glue so it doesn’t come undone. Repeat with the second and third strips.
Stick one strip onto the middle of your underwater scene and the second towards the right-hand side.
Carefully stick the fish’s body onto the two card loops – make sure you don’t cover the back of the body with glue, otherwise she might end up stuck to the background!
Let’s give our fish some extra bounce by sticking the third card loop onto the right side of the fish’s body.
Just like you did with her body, carefully stick the fish’s head onto the loop, and your 3D paper craft is complete! Now she can leap, wobble and explore her colorful ocean habitat!
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