F is for Fish is one of those fun preschool themes where you can actually have a little fishy friend come to your classroom. Talk about fun! If you do not have access to a live fish, the next best thing is to show your students a video. Here is one that is perfect for the short attention span of preschoolers:
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On letter F is for Fish day, our class learned about many kinds of fish, where they live, what they eat … i.e. “what’s it like to be a fish?” We made this pretty craft to take home and did a sorting activity using Goldfish crackers, too.
This craft is versatile, too. You can use it with a Letter F is for Fish them or with other letter themes such as O is for Ocean, S is for Sea or U is for Under the Sea.
F is for Fish Craft
Card stock paper (white and light blue)
Multi-Colored Copy Paper
Child Safe Scissors
This craft takes quite a lot of preparation from the adult in charge if it is going to be enjoyed by preschoolers (ages 3 & 4.) Kindergartners and 1st graders should be able to do this craft easily themselves. (Let me know, teachers!)
- Print the Rainbow Fish Printable (link below) onto light blue cardstock. I always make a sample for my children to see so that they know what the goal is.
- Cut out the pattern. You will want the fish’s tail to be one piece and the face to be another. Also cut out the upper fin and the two bottom fins. I laid them on red paper and cut them out to glue onto the fish on the actual picture. Glue them on to get that part out of the way.
- Fish Gills: print circles onto various colors of paper. They will be the gills. I used a pop bottle cap as a pattern to trace around for my first one and that became the pattern for the rest. Cut them out and then cut each circle in half. They will be glued on in layers, overlapping each other. Start at the back and layer them to the front.
- Print some pictures of “sea weed” onto green paper. Just go to Google and click images. Then search “sea weed + clip art” and you will find a host of possibilities. Copy and paste the images onto a document, print and cut them out.
- Print eyes onto white cardstock. Same deal, search Google images for for clip art of eyes. Copy, paste, print and cut out. Be prepared, some preschoolers will stress out if they don’t have TWO eyes. Good luck explaining that the fish DOES have another eye but it is on the other side! LOL I often lose that argument and just give them another eye. Anything to keep my little kiddos happy!
- Complete the picture by adding fish stickers (or you could glue on some Goldfish crackers) and sea weed with a little glitter for pizazz!
Love the letter F is for Fish?
Then, you must see Letter E is for Elephant!