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After reading “The Rainbow Fish” with your kids, let them make this fun confetti-covered rainbow fish craft with a free template and instructions.
Not all book-based activities need to include worksheets and writing activities. Instead, let your students get creative with a fun craft.
This cute, confetti-covered rainbow fish craft is a great follow-up activity after you read The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.
The Rainbow Fish Craft
I love finding crafts that I can tie in to my favorite picture books. The Rainbow Fish is a book I remember reading to my oldest (now in his 20’s) when he was little. Now, I love sharing it with my grandson!
This craft, inspired by the book, is the perfect “read and craft” activity for kids!
What You’ll Need
You can find many of these items at your local store (or even in your craft closet). If you don’t have them on hand, you can find them on Amazon by clicking the images below.
• School Glue
• Black Marker
What You’ll Do
Begin by downloading and printing your RAINBOW FISH templates (below).
Cut your templates out and choose the colors of craft foam (or construction paper) you’ll be making your fish. Trace your fish templates onto your craft foam and cut out.
Cut your fish head from your fish template and trace onto craft foam. Cut out.
Glue your fish head onto your fish body.
Glue your fish fins onto the body of your fish. (you’ll want to glue most of your fins onto the back of your fish to keep things looking tidy)
Glue on a google eye.
Draw a smile onto the face of your fish and add expression above your google eye with a black marker.
Coat the body of your fish in school glue and cover the entire surface in confetti. Gently pat the confetti into the fish with your hand. (you’ll want to do this step on a piece of paper, newspaper etc so that you can shake off the excess confetti and reserve it for a future project)
Gently shake the excess confetti off of your fish and allow it to dry completely. Your rainbow fish craft is complete!
More Rainbow Fish Stories
Fill your book basket with a great collection of Rainbow Fish stories. You should be able to find them 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.
Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale – When a big blue whale comes to live near their reef, there is a misunderstanding between him and Rainbow Fish and his friends that leaves everyone very unhappy and hungry.
You Can’t Win Them All, Rainbow Fish – Everyone loses once in a while. But being a good sport when you lose isn’t always easy—not even for Rainbow Fish. A lighthearted look at accepting loss without losing your sparkle!
Rainbow Fish to the Rescue – Rainbow Fish is torn between his newfound friends and a lonely striped fish who is not allowed to join the group because he lacks a shiny scale.
Get your free template
To make things easy for you, I’ve created this free Rainbow Fish craft template! Just print it out and you’ll be on your way to creating unique rainbow fish-inspired fish with your students!