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Don’t miss this amazing collection of book-based fish crafts for kids featuring ten different fish-themed picture books! Perfect for all ages!
Book-based crafts allow you to dive deeper into your favorite books with students of all ages. Some can be done to keep kids’ hands busy while you read aloud, while others make awesome follow-up activities.
No matter what your goal is, these fish crafts are so much fun!
There is a plethora of fish books and activities you can find on Pinterest. But, I scoured the links for you and found fun crafts to do alongside ten popular fish books for kids.
Book-Based Fish Crafts for Kids
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This cute, confetti-covered rainbow fish craft is a great follow-up activity after you read The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. This is a fun craft to do with children who don’t put things in their mouth and have the hand strength to cut craft foam. Teaching with Children’s Books
Turn your child’s handprint into a fun fish puppet craft based on the story Fidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway. This is a great craft to do with toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners who love handprint crafts and storytelling puppets. The Inspiration Edit
Turn an ordinary paper plate into a funky fish bowl complete with “goldfish” crackers as a follow up to your next reading of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. Even young crafters (3+) should be able to complete this one on their own. Mrs. Thompson’s Treasures
With tissue paper and paper plates, you’re all set to create a fun fish kid craft based on A Fish Out of Water, a Dr. Seuss Beginner Book by Helen Palmer. It’s perfect for kids in PreK-1. Glued to My Crafts Blog
Young crafters can work on cutting and pasting skills as they create a simple paper plate fish collage based on the book Tiddler: The Story Telling Fish by Julia Donaldson. It’s simple enough for toddlers to do. Rainy Day Mum
With round stickers and colored paper, your kids will have all they need to design a fish craft based on the book Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert. I Heart Crafty Things
A fish-themed felt board is the perfect activity for young readers to act out the story Fish Wish by Bob Barner. Books and Giggles
Either kids can practice cutting or you can precut fish pieces so that your kids can assemble paper fish based on the book The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile by Margaret Wise Brown. Diary of a First Child
I remember reading Swimmy, by Leo Lionni, as a child. You can make simple homemade stamps for your students to create this simple Swimmy stamp craft. This craft doubles as a fine motor skill builder! Mama Jenn
This popsicle stick fishbowl craft may be better for older crafters – maybe K+. It is based on Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete. Grab some crafts sticks, fish rock (or dried beans), and you’re all set! Glued to My Crafts Blog
FISH BOOKS FOR KIDS
Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about fish. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
The Rainbow Fish – This is a sweet story about a beautiful fish who finds friendship and happiness when he learns to share.
The Pout-Pout Fish – Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading “dreary wearies” isn’t really his destiny.
A Fish Out of Water – A young boy hilariously learns the consequences of not following instructions when he feeds too much to his goldfish—causing it to grow as big as a whale!
Round Out Your Unit with These Activities:
This Frog Pond loose parts kit is perfect for pretending while reading Frog and Toad or any other froggy book! These items are perfect to add to homemade play doh or just on their own!
Themed sensory bins are a great way to teach kids about colors, shapes, textures and numbers. The Ponds themed sensory bin filler sets fill your bins of all shapes and sizes.