Thursday, November 12, 2009

Marcus Pfister is one of our favorite authors for preschool age. Each of his books is not only an engaging journey into oceans of the world, they also deliver important value lessons of generosity, curiosity, and tolerance. The books are gorgeously illustrated and just ask kids and adults to get together and explore their creativity by making a main character from this book.
Rainbow Fish Projects For Kids
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Rainbow Fish Books

Rainbow FIsh Discovers Deep Sea
To be honest, I am not a big fan of original story The Rainbow Fish. I love illustrations in it, but I don’t like the idea of giving everything you own away to make friends. Our favorite story is Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea. The story resonated with me as I was a child of the Cold War brought up to distrust “the deep sea” beyond our borders. Sometimes we and our children have to venture beyond our comfort zone to discover beauty in others.

Our Rainbow Fish Project

Rainbow Fish Project
This project actually started with a craft, not with a book.  My 3 year old was drawing with markers, and I pulled out a coloring sheet that I printed out a long time ago.Since daughter is indifferent to coloring, I decided to show her how you can use many different colors and mix different colors with crayons. Soon Smarty wanted to “help” and took over my fish. She colored some of it with more orange and also colored  water bubbles. Then she said excitedly, Mama, this is a girl rainbow fish! I agree – our fish looks positively girly :) Smarty added aluminum foil scales and, of course, insisted on gluing them down with glitter glue.
Simple Rainbow Fish Project for Preschool

6 Fantastic Rainbow Fish Projects

Our own rainbow fish was very simple and quick – perfect for time before dinner. Here are several creative ideas to explore with this book if you have more time and ready for more prep work:
1. Rainbow Fish Puzzles from Teach Preschool
Rainbow Fish Puzzles from Teach Preschool
2. Frozen Vinegar Rainbow Fisha brilliant idea from Adventures of Adam if you happen to have fish ice molds.
Vinegar Rainbow Fish from Adventures of Adam
3. A rainbow fish paper plate craft (but of course!) from Parenting Chaos
rainbow-fish paper plate craft from Parenting Chaos
4. Torn paper rainbow fish (good for older children) from Artsy Craftsy Mom
Rainbow Fish Collage from Artsy Craftsy Mom
5. Coffee filter rainbow fish from Juggling With Kids
Rainbow Fish Coffee Filter from Juggling with Kids
6. A realistic looking rainbow fish from Meaningful Mama
Rainbow Fish Painting from Meaningful Mama

More Resources?

Check out my Pinterest board Preschool Arts and Crafts

Your Turn

Have you read The Rainbow Fish books with your children?


MaryAnne said...

I love the aluminum foil scales!

Ticia said...

Aluminum foil really does make great scales. We used it to make shark scales.
I agree with both of you, the fish looks very girly. I've always secretly felt Rainbow Fish should be a girl.

Virginia Lee said...

Very pretty girl fish. Really like the idea of tin foil scales. Glitter glue again, lol.

whisperingwhispers said...

I love her pretty girl fish. The foil pieces just add to it's beauty. I will have to check that book out.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I didn't know there were more Rainbow Fish books - we'll have to check that out. And, it is nice to color with crayons!

sbswtp said...

Cute project :) I also check out the books sometimes in the bookstore and then get them elsewhere:)

Michelle said...

This is so cute, that is great that she related the picture to the book! I didn't know that there were other rainbow fish books, we will have to check them out. Thank you for linking up :0)

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Oh heavens, does it get ANY better than silver foil and glitter glue?!? :) The little girl in me is in love with that fish!! Great project, we'll have to read more rainbow fish books!

April said...

The end result is so pretty!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I think that rainbow fish is even more spectacular than the one in the books!

Jeanette said...

Have not come across that Rainbow Fish book.
Anna's fish looks very pretty!