Paper Plate Fish Craft for Kids

This Paper Fish is the perfect Paper Plate Fish Craft for little kids in preschool. Big kids can add decorations to the fish to make it as elaborate as they want. It’s an easy summer craft for all.

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Fish Craft

This fish is a nice and simple fish craft to make. It’s an easy fish craft for preschool or little kids. That being said, It’s also a great fish craft for older kids. They can add folded cupcake wrappers or curved tissue paper to embellish the paper plate fish with scales.

Fish crafts are a great way to bring in summer or enjoy all summer long. Keep summer going as long as you can with this fun summer craft.

If you are looking for ocean-themed crafts, then you might like my post on a paper plate crab craft, or a coffee filter jellyfish 

Paper Plate Fish Craft

Tips and Tricks

  • you can turn this simple paper fish into a tropical paper plate fish craft by adding colorful tissue paper squares, folded cupcake wrappers, decorative fish paper, and sequins
  • Another fun idea, if you have a little artist on your hands, is to add polka dots, or stripes with contrasting paint

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Paper Plate Fish Craft

Here’s what you’ll need to make this Craft Fish…

paper plate with orange paint

Craft Supplies Needed

  • Paper plate
  • paint
  • sponge brush
  • scissors
  • large wiggle eye
  • low temp glue gun with glue sticks or a Tacky glue like Fabri-Tac glue

Directions:

paper plate fish craft

  • paint the paper plate and let it dry
making paper plate fish craft
  • Cut a large triangle out of one section of the painted paper plate
paper plate fish for preschool
  • Use the triangle you just cut out of the plate to make a fishtail on the opposite side of the cutout portion
  • Glue it to secure
  • Glue the eye above the mouth
  • If you want, you can decorate with cupcake wrappers, tissue paper, or cellophane paper to make scales or more fins
paper fish for kids to make
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Paper Plate Fish Craft

A cute and simple paper plate fish craft for kids
Prep Time2 minutes
Active Time5 minutes
Drying time10 minutes
Yield: 1
Author: Melissa Haines
Cost: 3.00

Equipment

  • 1 sponge brush
  • 1 Scissors
  • 1 low temp glue gun with glue sticks or a Tacky glue like Fabri-Tac glue

Materials

  • 1 paper plate You can use a regular sized one as I did, or make a mini fish with a dessert sized plate
  • amount will vary orange paint for kids
  • 1 large googly eye Mine was 1&1/2 inches wide

Instructions

  • paint the paper plate and let it dry
  • Cut a large triangle out of one section of the painted paper plate
  • Use the triangle you just cut out of the plate to make a fishtail on the opposite side of the cutout portion
  • Glue it to secure
  • Glue the eye above the mouth
  • If you want, you can decorate with cupcake wrappers, tissue paper, or cellophane paper to make scales or more fins

Notes

*Always supervise children with any craft or activity on this site 

Tips and Tricks

  • you can turn this simple paper fish into a tropical paper plate fish craft by adding colorful tissue paper squares, folded cupcake wrappers, decorative fish paper, and sequins
  • Another fun idea, if you have a little artist on your hands, is to add polka dots, or stripes with contrasting pain

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