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Rainbow Fish Books
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
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.
6 Fantastic Rainbow Fish ProjectsOur 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
2. Frozen Vinegar Rainbow Fish – a brilliant idea from Adventures of Adam if you happen to have fish ice molds.
3. A rainbow fish paper plate craft (but of course!) from Parenting Chaos
4. Torn paper rainbow fish (good for older children) from Artsy Craftsy Mom
5. Coffee filter rainbow fish from Juggling With Kids
6. A realistic looking rainbow fish from Meaningful Mama