This craft and related activities can be
presented as part of an Ocean Animal, Seashore/Beach Theme, Pets:
Take Care of Pets or as Fun at the Zoo / Aquarium Theme:
Skills: Decorating a fish bowl (aquarium), and during the craft activities
practice colors, numbers 1 to 5 and scissor cutting skills, taking
care of pets-fish. Other skills and learning activities are
linked or can be found in the fish
theme or review themes column.
Art & Crafts - Five Fish on a
Fish Bowl Craft
Skills: Number Recognition Practice 1 to 5 and Color
Print your choice of the fish
bowl and five fish template in color or coloring page format.
Suggestion: Separate/cut out the sections to present
1. Coloring and Preparing the Fish Bowl (or Aquarium) - Pretend to Visit a
Learning about Fish and Taking Care of Pets discussion:
1. Distribute and present the fish bowl template only. Ask the
children if they can recognize the image. Tell the children they
are going to pretend they are going to a pet shop and "buy"
colorful fish and prepare the fish bowl. We need to make sure we
learn a little bit about fish and how to take care of them (visit Learning
about Fish and Taking
Care of Pets for a few facts or reading the online story.
The bowl needs water so we need to color or paint the water in.
Children can use crayons, pastels, coloring pencils or dab paint with
sponges or cotton balls (mix white and blue to obtain a light blue
shade). Set the fish bowls aside to dry if painted and
proceed to distribute fish template portion and conduct your choice of
related activities below.
2. Number & Color Practice:
*Color format: The color format is effective for the youngest
children to recognize colors and numbers. Ask children to identify
each color first, and point to each number and count each fish
together in sequence with you. Make an individual demonstration
of how each number is traced, then they can follow and try to trace
with the matching color (crayons or coloring pencils) and fill the
fish with the matching color.
3. Scissor Cutting Practice:
After the number and color practice promote scissor cutting.
Encourage the children to cut out the fish. The idea is to have
young children practice scissor cutting to strengthen hand
muscles for other skills such as writing.
1. Color Mixing: Practice
mixing primary colors to achieve secondary colors. This color
may be useful to present this activity.
2. Easy Adding and Subtracting: After cutting out the
fish do some adding and subtracting activities. Children place
the fish in front of them. Remove one, how many are left?,
remove 2, how many are left? Add one , how many fish do you have
now? and increase, play the games different ways depending on the age.
3. Assemble the Craft, Review Concepts, Fish Song or
Nursery Rhyme Activity:
Distribute the decorated fish bowl. Encourage the children to
glue the fishes on the bowl. You may want to instruct to glue
them in number sequence - pick and glue fish number one first and so
forth. Have the children keep and hold their beautiful fish bowl
and sing a fish song or refer to the craft for separate nursery
rhyme activities. Review
that we clean the water in the bowl frequently and keep the fish bowl away from the
heat and sun and feed the fish every day.
Nursery Rhymes - Songs / Poem about Fish and Count
Here are two nursery rhymes to choose from. The first has a
number of activities and printable materials to practice numbers and
addresses letter F recognition. Select the one that you feel is
more appropriate for your group and ages. These provide letter F
alphabet and number
Nursery Rhyme Activities: The
Fish Counting Rebus Rhyme: One,
two, three, four, five
Activity #5: Online Jigsaw Puzzle -
Have fun with this 6-piece Fish online puzzle.
Puzzles are great to develop problem solving skills. Everyone in the family can enjoy this puzzle - adjust the number of
pieces by clicking on the shapes button.
Snack Idea: fishy crackers, baked fish sticks with vegetable dip
Five Fish in a Bowl Activity | Craft:
Nursery Rhyme Activities:
Fish Counting Rebus Rhyme:
two, three, four, five
*something to color with
*glue or glue stick