We have a very large fish pond with koi fish at our home. Over the last 5 years we have seen the koi multiply from about 15 fishes to at least 30 (we can’t be sure as they are fast swimmers and difficult to count!).
One of Big boy’s chores this year is to feed the koi daily and the other day he wanted to know how fish breathe in water. We read up that fish use their gills to extract oxygen from the water. Since our koi swim too fast to see the parts of their body we thought we should craft some fishes to help learn more about them!
These popsicle fish are easy to craft and they require very few supplies. It’s a great motor development workout and allows children to explore their creativity while decorating their fishes. Whilst we were crafting, Little boy also named all the shapes he spotted. The basic shape of our fish is a triangle, however you can challenge your children to make fishes with other shapes too.
Mostly, it was a great simple science lesson as the boys learnt all the basic parts of a fish being the eyes, mouth, gills, fins and tail and what each body part did. We also talked about the habitat of a fish and that they could live in a pond, river or the sea.
Hope your little ones enjoy making their colourful “fishies” (as my Little boy says).WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE POPSICLE FISH:
- Popsicle sticks
- Googly eyes
- Assorted coloured crafting feathers
- Scraps of coloured paper
- Paint and decorate popsicle sticks as desired (we painted with acrylic paint).
- Glue the ends of three popsicle sticks to make a triangle.
- To make fish body, cut a triangle of coloured paper and glue to one side of popsicle stick triangle.
- Glue googly eyes onto one corner of a triangle.
- To make fish mouth, cut a heart shape from coloured paper and glue onto end of triangle.
- Glue on coloured feathers to make fish tail and fins.
* This post and all associated images have been supplied by the lovely Rossa from Curious Little People. Follow her on Instagram for more creative inspirations!