Google+ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas: Ocean Theme - Tissue Paper & Foil Rainbow Fish Craft

Monday, July 4, 2011

Ocean Theme - Tissue Paper & Foil Rainbow Fish Craft

I have always loved the book Rainbow Fish (though I know some people don't) - not only is it sparkly, with a beautiful fish for a main character - even though he is rather conceited in the beginning. I have always found that if told the right way it can help teach children about the importance of sharing, thinking about others and being a good friend. It really is all in the telling and what you decide to focus on.

I know there has been much debate on the fact that some think it actually has a poor message about buying one's friends, etc but personally, I am always suprised at how people either love or hate this book. I look at it from the view point of the child and frankly they always seem to find it mesmerizing and quite engaging. As a parent and an educator - every time I have read this book to children it has generated wonderful discussion on being selfish, not being a good friend, etc. The Lil Divas and I had a wonderful talk about being mean, not caring about others feelings and not being a good friend/sister. It was fabulous.

The Book:



The Craft:


What You Need:
white cardstock
tissue paper (various colors)
aluminum foil
glue
scissors
wiggly eye
black marker

What We Did:

1. I drew a fish template and cut one out for each Lil Diva using cardstock (it is thicker & more durable)


2. I also cut out tissue paper pieces for the tail, face and fins (I simply traced over the template) and the Lil Divas glued them on in the appropriate places.


3. I pre-cut various colored tissue paper scales and the Lil Divas glued them on - varying the colors throughout and adding a few foil scales here and there.

I encouraged overlapping so that the fish was completely covered in tissue paper scales.

4. We added a few foil strips here and there for a more glittery/sparkly effect. The Lil Divas opted to make  Rainbow Fish before he gave his scales away. You can also only use 1 foil scale to make the other version.

5. Add a wiggly eye (or draw one) and draw a mouth/smile using black marker and voila - you have a stunning Rainbow Fish!


They turned out so cute & they were really easy to make! :)

What is your take on the book Rainbow Fish? I am always curious to hear what other's think about this book!

Bern

58 comments:

  1. I love this book, and I know my girls would love to do this craft, too.

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  2. Those fish are just gorgeous and we love that book too!

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  3. Hi!

    This is a great book. I'm bookmarking this for a fun project!

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  4. This is a favorite book of ours! Great activity - thank for sharing!

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  6. I have to agree, I love Rainbow Fish! This was always one of my favorite activities to do when I taught. The book teaches such a good lesson and I always loved using the fish (ours were similar but not exactly the same) for a colorful, beautiful bulletin board!

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  7. Omg, I love these!! My kiddos have made them in school plus we've made them at home before! They loved it! =)

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  8. What lovely fish. I adore them :-)

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  10. super cute craft idea to go with the book

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  11. It's scary how much we are in sync! Great fishies!

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  12. Like the rainbow fish craft. Will use this summer with my grandsons!
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  14. I have mixed feelings myself about the book, but my son has always loved it. I do try to be careful how we talk about him giving the fins away (emphasizing treating people kindly, trying to minimize the potentially materialistic component).
    However, I love this craft!

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  15. Thanks for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. This counts as an entry in the Summer Reading Challenge.

    Your fish are adorable!

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  16. So cute! I'll have to save this idea for our ocean theme next month. Thanks for the invite here to link up!

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  17. Cute craft again. I love all the fun you do with books with your girls. So wonderful!

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  18. My kids and I love the Rainbow Fish too. I'm surprised that some people don't! It has provided us a valuable opportunity to discuss pride, selfishness, community living and humility. A wonderful read. And I love your craft activity! Will try it someday.

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  19. We love the Rainbow fish too! I was surprised at the negative reviews. Actually the Rainbow fish does have a single shiny scale for himself and shares all others so everyone has one. We think it is a good way of sharing. We made a Koinobori flag based on Rainbow fish.

    http://creativitymypassion.blogspot.com/2011/07/rainbow-fish-book-koinobori-paper-flag.html

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