Create a School of Fish

The underwater world serves as wonderful inspiration for artists of all ages!

In this activity children can create their own fish by using circle shaped plastic plates and construction paper. 


  • 2 disposable plates per child (these can be paper, plastic, or aluminum)
  • Thick paper such as cardstock or poster paper (recycled cardboard would work as well)
  • Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Stapler (if you don’t have one, tape or glue work too)
  • Scrap wood pieces to create a base for the fish (recycled cardboard would work as well)
  • Water-based paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Water for cleaning brushes
  • Newspaper or another drop cloth to avoid mess!


  1. First, place the two plates together (bottoms facing out) and secure with staples. You can use tape but staples are best.
  2. Second, take 2 pieces of thick paper and draw out the following shapes: a fish head, a top fin, a bottom fin and a tail.
  3. Then cut these shapes out of both pieces of paper so you have two of everything. You will staple, glue, or tape the fin, tail and head pieces together, but only along one side.
  4. You need to keep one of the sides open so that you can attach it to the plastic plates. Attach the fins, head and tail to the plates.
  5. Making a stand for the fish. Fasten the fish to the stand using tape or glue.
  6. You can decorate the fish using colorful paints, construction paper or markers. Be creative and make them colorful.
  7. Have fun circling for fish and seeing the beautiful fishes under the sea.

Activity by Neddra English, Hardy Site

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