Rainbow Fish Crepe Paper Collage Art

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The Children’s book, Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister, has always had a special spot in my heart. From the time it was published in 1992, I have loved the illustrations, and especially the morals (sharing and humility bring happiness).
 
The author has since published many more books that teach about character and social skills (click here for more information). I think these books are perfect for classrooms & home, especially since schools are being given more and more responsibility for teaching children basic character and social skills.
 
So here is a fun activity to do after reading the book. Use it as an opportunity to discuss these character traits and social skills with your child or student.
 
I had attended a birthday party recently and some of the crepe ribbons were all crumpled and lying on the floor. So we decided to repurpose them for this craft. Lil P tore the ribbons into tiny pieces and sorted them into tiny bowls by color. Then I gave her a purple glue stick that she loves to use. n here’s the result. She did it all by herself.
 

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Here’s how we made it.
fish coloring pages
Take printout of the above image
 We cut the fish out and then began ripping different colored construction paper to glue onto the fish. We glued the construction paper onto the fish, overlapping the previous piece of construction paper to create the collage. We reviewed primary and secondary colors and were to identify which of the colors we used in our fish.
 
For an extension activity, we could make an ocean theme craft activity and place the fish in the ocean or on a bulletin board. We can then create a story of how the fish helped other fish in the ocean, just like Rainbow Fish did. Kids can work together on their stories and create one big class story of how their fish would be a helpful fish in the ocean.
 
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  1. Whoa! Jaisi maa vaisi beti! is what I have to say to that. The fish looks amazing! I think I will have Na also do this..thanks for the idea!

  2. All in the genes. Am so happy u r bk Li’lP .. bcoz we get much more in this space then πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  3. woww πŸ™‚ she did this all alone ? great πŸ™‚ cooool πŸ™‚
    even i can’t see much of the back ground image.. just a teeny bit at the edges !

  4. Wow… all artsy craftsy at this age! Agree with Shankari πŸ™‚
    The header looks fine but the background image is not seen except for a moment while the page loads. maybe u shd work on it a little bit to get it right.

  5. @shankari.. its easy peasy n does not require monitoring. yes! the carpet had some glue but thankfully the glustick doesn’t have too much tack. Do try it with na. n share the pics.

    @priya: Lil p likes stuff where she doesn’t have to get her hand dirty. πŸ™‚ Why can’t u see the background??

    @Swaram: what do u think of the look??

  6. Nicee!!This is amazing!!And soo much fun..and like you said,doesnt need supervision! We are so going to try this!
    I have been meaning to put pics of some of our recent crafts..should do it soon!
    The header looks cool!!
    Whats the theme of this month?How about Pantry crafts-Craft using stuff from your pantry?

  7. @trish: I’ve not decided yet if i want to do an artsy craftsy henceforth. I’m still thinking.

    @lavanya: Yup. I just want the teeny bit to be displayed not the whole. The whole look was looking too white.. so i just added color by showing off a small part of that background. It doesn’t work rt?

  8. hey, lovely intense expression P has . n the fish is lovely. reg header, well, its fine but a bit plain. would like to see some more bits n bobs from the queen of craft.

  9. By the way there is a lovely book called ‘Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister – you might want to get hold of it and read it to her. Have seen it in the local bookstores.

  10. Fish looks super cute…so bright and colourful! We’ve done some newspaper art…same cutting and sticking technique, but not as colourful as this…

  11. @ ambulisamma : How about now?? I changed it
    @ Shilpa : Thank You.
    @ ChoxBox : Ohh!’ll see if the library has it. thanks πŸ™‚
    @ Uma : I had collected all discarded crepe ribbons. they came in handy.
    @ lostworld : Really? Thank you.
    @ PV : Well i got it from my mom.. so i’m hoping it’ll go to my daughter too πŸ™‚
    @ NitaVin : I thought it suited me perfectly. Thanks. I’m glad u like it.
    @AJ: I hope the stomach flu is gone now. WB. πŸ˜‰ all girls look cute in frocks n bangles.. U shud plan 1 too :p
    @ Momo’s Ma : Queen of craft!!! πŸ™‚ thanks. Nah re. i like it plain n simple.. n it has the all my fav colors.. pink , green, brown n blue.

  12. Wowo…that is such a beautiful fish…lil’p is rocking…
    Aryan’s mom

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