Fish are intelligent creatures, with great memories and incredible sensory capabilities. This collection of inventive crafts, engaging lessons, fun games, science experiments, and numeracy and literacy-based activities is a wonderful way for preschoolers to connect with the wonders of the undersea world.
1. Foil Fish Art
The foil material for these glittering fish looks beautiful when painted n bright colors. Why not create a whole ocean full of them?
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2. Celery Stamp Colorful Fish
Who thought that a stalk of celery could result in such beautiful fish scales?
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3. Bottle Cap Colored Fish
This favorite fish craft idea is a fun and creative way to reuse plastic bottle caps.
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4. Flannel Fish Puppets
These adorable flannel fish puppets can help bring any favorite fish theme book to life! They also make a great addition to any children's theatre production.
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5. DIY Fishing Pole
This DIY fishing pole is a hands-on way to develop coordination and fine motor skills while having lots of fun.
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7. Handprint Fish Activity
Kids can't get enough of handprint crafts. Add some bubbles, seaweed, and coral for a beautiful ocean scene.
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8. Beautiful Rainbow Fish Art
This unique weaving fish craft looks a lot trickier to make than it actually is. All you need is paper, glue, and some dextrous fingers.
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9. Preschool Fish Theme Activity
10. Matching With Paper Fish
Kids are sure to love this colorful fish matching game, which is also a great way to develop visual discrimination and memory skills.
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11. Picture Book Craft
12. Fish Pattern Collage Craft
Kids will love ripping up scraps of old scrapbook paper to decorate this textured, colorful fish. Complete your design with a googly eye or two for a real-life look.
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13. Porcupine Fish Paper Plate Craft
14. Fishing For Letters Game
15. Fish Name Tags
16. Craft Stick Fish
Sticking together the popsicle sticks for this craft can be a little tricky but adding fish lips, googly eyes, and pops of color is sure to be loads of fun!
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17. Playful Learning Activity
All you need for this clever fishing game are some colored coffee filters and magnets. Challenge your preschooler to catch the fish in order from 1-10 or fish for specific numbers.
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18. Paper Bag Fish Craft
19. Fish Word Building
These adorable fish cutouts are a great way to teach consonant-vowel-consonant or CVC words while building core literacy skills.
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20. Cardboard Fish Art
What better use for extra cardboard than these vibrant, colorful deep-sea creations?
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21. Water Gun Painted Fish
This unique painting tool works great with watercolor paint and would be best to complete outside in order to give kids ample space to create without worrying about a messy cleanup.
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22. Fish Fridge Magnets
This colorful fish craft puts a creative twist on styrofoam trays and magnets to create some adorable fish magnets kids can display with pride.
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23. Tissue Paper Fish Bowl Lantern
Blue tissue paper transforms into water, orange into tiny fish, and green into seaweed to create this beautiful, glowing lantern.
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24. Color Match Sticker Activity
25. Fishing For Letters
This fun fishing activity is a great way to develop hand and eye coordination while learning about letters, all while enjoying an immersive sensory experience.
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26. Dr. Seuss Inspired Game
27. Fish Count and Clip Cards
This low prep activity requires only counters of your choice, whether pom-poms, unfix cubes, or dot stickers, and makes for a great hands-on way to build number recognition skills.
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28. Fingerprint Fish Math Craft
Kids can't get enough of fingerprinting! This educational craft teaches counting skills, number identification, and one-to-one correspondence by giving them a chance to create neat fingerprint bubbles.
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29. Sing a Slippery Fish Song
This fun song will have kids laughing all throughout. It's a musical way to learn about all sorts of under the sea creatures while developing oral language skills and boosting speaking confidence.
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30. Name Recognition Craft
This is an excellent way for preschoolers to expand their sensory skills without making a big mess. They are sure to enjoy exploring all the diverse textures and colors while developing awareness of their own names.
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31. Learn How Fish Breathe
Feathery coffee filters are a creative way to teach young learners how fish gills work.
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32. Fingerprint Fish Number Lesson
Enjoy all the fun of fingerprinting without any of the cleanups. This hands-on learning activity is a great way to practice number recognition skills.
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33. Fishing for Letters Sensory Bin
This creative multi-step activity features a free printable of sight words for kids to dig up and find. It's an excellent way to develop word recognition skills.
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34. Fish in the Bowl
37. Cupcake Liner Fish
This clever craft repurposes cupcake liners for artistic fun. Just add some bubbles and you've got a beautiful piece of ocean art!
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38. Rainbow Fish Read Aloud
This classic read-aloud can be paired with a reader's response discussion to connect the themes of sharing, kindness, and empathy to children's daily lives.
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39. Make your Own Fish Aquarium
40. Bubble Wrap Print Fish
Printing with bubble wrap creates a beautiful, textured effect that kids will be eager to display!
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41. Clothespin Fish
With four different colorful designs, these clothespin fish are a great addition to any dramatic play activity and an easy way to get kids practicing oral language skills.
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42. Mason Jar Aquarium
These vibrant mini aquariums don't require any real tank maintenance and give kids plenty of opportunities for creative expression. Why not let them accessorize with mermaids, seaweed, and bubbles?
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43. Fish Tank Craft
Kids will love assembling this 3D tank, which gives them lots of room for creative expression and imaginative play.
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44. Fish in the Sea Counting Activity
This fast-paced game repurposes an egg carton into a colorful game board. It challenges learners to put the correct number of fish into each section as fast as they can.
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