Paper Plate Rainbow Fish Craft

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Inspired by the gorgeous picture book ‘The Rainbow Fish’, we’ve created our very own ADORABLE paper plate Rainbow Fish craft.

Arty Crafty Kids | Book Club | Craft Ideas for Kids | The perfect fish craft for kids who love the book Rainbow Fish

The more observant of you will  notice that our rainbow fish is less rainbow and more purple,white and blue with a fleck of the essential silver. Well sometimes you just have to work with the materials you have to hand and as far as my kids are concerned, it’s just like the Rainbow Fish character they adore!

That aside, with lots of painting, cutting and sticking involved, this is a great craft for developing fine motor skills.

And of course, while we’ve based our fish on ‘The Rainbow Fish’, Arty Crafty  kids are free to present their fish however they choose and are encouraged to explore their creativity and simply go with the flow.

Paper Plate Rainbow Fish Craft

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Paper Plate
Tissue Paper
Tinfoil or Silver Wrapping Paper
Blue Paint
Stapler
PVA Glue
White Paper or Large Googly Eye

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Paper Plate Rainbow Fish Craft Tutorial 

Arty Crafty Kids | Book Club | Craft Ideas for Kids | The perfect fish craft for kids who love the book Rainbow Fish

To begin, paint the paper plate.

Preschoolers and young children like to paint and use lots of it!

Depending on the quality of the paper plate there’s potential for it to get very soggy and take a while to dry.

Try swapping the paintbrush for a sponge and this ‘should’ prevent ‘over use’ and soggy paper plates!

Arty Crafty Kids | Book Club | Craft Ideas for Kids | The perfect fish craft for kids who love the book Rainbow Fish

Once the paper plate is dry, cut out a triangular shape to create a mouth and staple the triangle to the opposite side to form a tail.

Arty Crafty Kids | Book Club | Craft Ideas for Kids | The perfect fish craft for kids who love the book Rainbow Fish

Next, cut out multiple pieces of coloured tissue paper and begin sticking the tissue paper to the paper plate to create scales.

Finish off with a large paper eye and ta-da, your Arty Crafty Kids should now have a gorgeous colourful Paper Plate Rainbow Fish Craft.

For more fishy craft to try, take a look at our Puffy Bubble Wrap Octopus, Paper Plate Goldfish Bowl and Paper Plate Jellyfish.

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Arty Crafty Kids | Book Club | Craft Ideas for Kids | The perfect fish craft for kids who love the book Rainbow Fish

Paper Plate Goldfish Bowl Craft

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Paper Plate Goldfish Bowl Craft | A fun and interactive goldfish bowl craft idea for kids.

Our adorable paper plate goldfish bowl craft forms part of the super fun (and unique) #collectivenouncraft series hosted by the fabulous ZingZingTree.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the collective nouns for sheep (herd), ants (colony) and birds (flock), but how about the terms to describe a group of owls (parliment), cats (clowder) or Iguanas (mess)?

Did you know that a herd of sheep could also be described as a parcel/trip/hurtle/meinie of sheep?

The collective noun for porcupines is ‘Prickle’ and the term for a group of raccoons is ‘Gaze’.

I could go on and on, but that would spoil the fun. You should google the rest or even better,  search #collectivenouncrafts on all the popular social media channels to see the entire series of collective noun crafts!

Oh and if you’re wondering, a group of goldfish is also referred to as a ‘glint of goldfish’.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Paper Plate Goldfish Bowl Craft | A fun and interactive goldfish bowl craft idea for kids.

I love how our goldfish bowl turned out, isn’t it cute?

This is a great craft for preschoolers. It’s fun, interactive and EASY, making it the perfect craft to try at home or within a small group setting. If you’re covering an underwater theme at school or preschool, perhaps the bowl could be painted yellow to resemble a porthole window on a submarine or boat. Add some exotic fish, an octopus or even a shark and you have a cool deep sea craft.

Paper Plate Goldfish Bowl Craft

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x2 Paper Plates
Paint
Blue Glitter
Bubble Wrap
Orange and Green Felt or Paper
Googly Eyes
Craft Stick
PVA Glue
Stapler
Scissors

To see the craft in action check out our nifty video below and sign up to our new YouTube channel to see all our crafts in action!

Paper Plate Goldfish Bowl Craft Tutorial: 

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Paper Plate Goldfish Bowl Craft | A fun and interactive goldfish bowl craft idea for kids.

  1. Paint one paper plate blue and add blue glitter to create some underwater shimmer and shine.
  2. Stick some bubble wrap onto the paper plate for texture and paint the bubble wrap yellow to create a sandy layer.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Paper Plate Goldfish Bowl Craft | A fun and interactive goldfish bowl craft idea for kids.

3. Cut fish and seaweed shapes out of the felt, and secure onto the paper plate with PVA glue.

4. Add googly eyes to the fish.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Paper Plate Goldfish Bowl Craft | A fun and interactive goldfish bowl craft idea for kids.

5. Cut out the centre of the second paper plate and secure onto the painted plate with staples.

6. Remove any excess bubble wrap from the edges.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Paper Plate Goldfish Bowl Craft | A fun and interactive goldfish bowl craft idea for kids.

7. Next, add a goldfish to a craft stick and thread it through the bottom of the paper plate.

Next, it’s time for the goldfish to duck and dive around the bowl, causing chaos amongst the glint of goldfish!

If you’re looking for more fishy crafts to try with the kids this summer, check out our Paper Plate Jellyfish and cute Rainbow Fish!

And to see more #collectivenouncrafts, take a look at the contributions from Moms and Crafters and a super fun Paper Plate Swimming Jellyfish from Rachel at I Heart Crafty Things!

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