My crafting partner (my 4 year old son) and I have been wanting to make a fish tank in a tissue box for quite some time now. I promise to him and you that we will be doing it real soon and will post it on the blog too.
While looking for ideas and pictures of the same online, we came across a fish tank made on a paper plate and then some fish on paper plates too. We decided to make some big fish and do a pretend-play fun activity with them.
It was quite an easy craft, where he did the painting and I did the cutting and gluing. He was quite pleased with the end result and loved creating a life-sized fish tank on the floor, complete with corals and seaweeds. He even named the fish – the orange one is obviously Nemo, the yellow is named Wanda, the green is called Jack and the pink is Daisy.
5 paper plates
Poster or Water paints
1. Take 4 paper plates and paint them each in one solid color. We chose yellow, pink, green and orange.
2. While the paint is drying, take the 5th paper plate and cut out various shapes of tails and fins for the fish, as shown. The yellow one also needs a small mouth. Paint the extra parts in the same colors as the body of the fish, except for the yellow, which has pink parts.
3. Once the paint is dry, paint designs on the body of each fish to create the desired effects. For example, Nemo has white patches with a black outline on his orange body, yellow Wanda has pink stripes and pink fins, tail and mouth, pink Daisy has black doodles all over and a black mouth and green Jack is a spotty one with colorful pom-poms all over him! The pom-poms are optional and you can paint polka dots in any color of your choice.
4. Stick on the fins and tails of each fish. Stick on the googly eyes on each fish too. Paint a small black mouth on the orange and green ones.
5. Your paper plate fish are ready to swim on!
To create the under-water effect, we used blue pom-poms for the bubbles and some pipe cleaners to look like seaweed.