Lauren and Riley from Daisy Cottage Designs came up with this absolutely adorable fish bowl paper plate craft. Perfect for your toddler and preschooler, this craft will truly inspire imagination. Use colorful rocks to the bottom or buttons to add color to the fish.
This craft is ideal for this Little Crafter
Preschooler (3-5 years old)
What you’ll need
- paint (two shades of blue and a splash of green for a little variation)
- paint brushes or sponge
- paper plate
- piece of white card stock
- green and yellow tissue paper
- great white northern beans (or whatever you have on hand)
- fish template (I used this one and printed it at 20%)
- school glue
- one googly eye
How-to make this craft
- Before you sit down to start this activity, print out the fish from the site above and cut it out. Don’t worry that it’s black on one side. Your preschooler be working on the other side and won’t even notice when she’s done. If you have a young toddler, you’ll also want to cut the green tissue paper into strips and the yellow tissue paper into squares (about 7).
- Prepare the paint for your toddler and have her paint the paper plate. We used a paint brush, but a sponge will create a really cool effect too. You could also get the same look by stippling (make small dots or specks) rather than using long strokes. Allow the plate to completely dry.
- Cut your tissue paper into strips and twist them together at one end. Glue the tissue paper bunch to the bottom of the plate. Glue it at the bottom to create a flow-y like plant on the bottom of the fishbowl or sea floor.
- Spread glue little by little across the bottom of the plate and sprinkle the beans on top of the glue. Press down gently so they stick well.
- Coat the card stock fish with a thin layer of glue. Have your little one place the yellow tissue paper all over the fish. Don’t worry if it overlaps the fish. You can go back and trim it later. Once the glue dries, add the googly eye.
- Glue your fish onto the paper plate and let everything dry thoroughly.
Isn’t this a great idea? Will you try making this craft with your little one?