|Make paint pads by pouring paint over folded
paper towels placed in shallow pans. Then set out construction
paper and let your children try one or more of these print-making
|Press fish-shaped cookie cutters onto the paint
pads, then onto the paper.
|Make prints using fish shapes cut from thin sponges
and dipped into the paint.
|Stamp prints onto the paper with fish shapes carved
out of potatoes.
Invite your children to fingerpaint a blue underwater
scene on a piece of butcher paper. When the paint has
dried, give them construction paper fish shapes to decorate
with crayons or markers. Help them glue or tape their
fish onto the blue butcher paper. Then help them add twisted
pieces of green crepe paper for seaweed along with rock
and shell shapes cut from colored paper.
LET'S GO FISHING
FISH, LITTLE FISH
Cut small, medium-size, and large fish shapes out of heavy
paper. Invite your children to use them for these games.
|Sort the fish by size into three piles.
|Count the number of small fish, medium-size fish,
and large fish.
|Line up the fish from smallest to largest, then
from largest to smallest.
SWIMMING FISH PUPPET
Make a fish puppet by gluing a craft stick handle onto a 3 ½-inch-long
fish shape cut from posterboard. Draw lines of blue waves across
the front side of a paper plate. With a craft knife, cut a horizontal
slit across the middle of the plate between two lines of waves.
Then, on the front side of the plate, stick the handle of the
fish puppet down through the slit. To work the puppet, hold
up the plate with the front side facing your group and move
the handle back and forth on the back side of the plate so that
the fish appears to be swimming in the blue waves. Use the puppet
for telling stories or singing songs.
AND OTHER PETS
Talk with your children about the kinds of pets people
have. Then display a picture of a goldfish along with
pictures of other pets, such as a dog, a cat, a lizard,
and a hamster. Ask the children to compare the goldfish
to each of the other pets. How is the fish different?
How is it the same? If desired, follow up by bringing
in a pet goldfish for your room.
WE ARE LITTLE FISH
Tune: "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"
We are little fish
Swimming in the sea.
Watch us give our tails a Swish!
We're happy as can be.
Invite your children to act out the song as you sing.
Try one of the ideas below for snacktime.
| Spoon blue gelatin into clear-plastic cups and top
each serving with a gummy fish.
| Tint whipped cream cheese blue, using food coloring.
Invite your children to dip goldfish crackers into the
"blue waves" before eating.