Easy Paper Plate Fish Craft

The heatwave is here and we have a selection of easy ocean crafts for kids to keep them cool and busy in this weather.

I love under the sea themed crafts and this super simple paper plate fish craft is adorable. Our kids had so much fun making these fish and we are so excited to share it with you!

The great thing about this super easy craft is that you are very likely to already have all the supplies at home, which is awesome!

The last thing we want in this heat is to be roaming around different shops looking for things for the kids to do so we got you covered!

How to Make a Paper Plate Fish

If you are enjoying the sunshine and making a barbecue, I am sure you will have some paper plates and plastic spoons around, ready to make this paper plate fish.

Supplies

MATERIALS:

  • 2 Paper plates (for each paper plate fish you want to make)
  • Acrylic paint in black and orange
  • Paint brush
  • Glue gun and glue stick
  • Plastic spoons
  • Pen
  • Scissors

Step by Step Instructions for the Paper Plate FISH CRAFT

Step 1: Draw a body of fish onto the paper plate, divide it into seven parts, then cut it.

Depending on the age of the children, they can do this themselves or may need adult help for this stage.

Working with scissors is a great skill for preschoolers to work on, to develop their little hand muscles, hand eye coordination and fine motor skills but can still be tricky for some children, and toddlers will likely need help with this step.

Step 2: Paint your fish with the color orange, but leave spaces white alternately.

This will make a clown fish, just like Nemo, with his famous orange and white stripe pattern.

Step 3: Add the black paint for details.

Paint a thin black line in between each white and orange stripe, using your thin paint brush.

Step 4: Cut each of the plastic spoons and glue them into the painted paper plate.

These rounded shapes will be used for the fish scales, to give a 3d effect to your ocean fish craft.

Step 5: Paint the spoons as well, to blend with the rest of the fish body.

Once you’ve added one layer of fish scales, repeat until the entire body of the paper plate fish is filled with 3d scales all over.

Step 6: Add the googly eye for your fish’s face.

Step 7: Draw the tail and (2) fins on your second paper plate and then cut them.

Step 8: Paint them orange with a touch of black paint to match the rest of your clown fish.

Step 9: Attach them to the craft using the glue gun.

Step 10: To finish the craft, draw the fish mouth and you’re done with your FISH CRAFT. Doesn’t it look great!?

Craft Tips

  1. Be careful when using the scissor and the glue gun. Young children will need supervision with both of these to avoid accidents.
  2. Choose the proper materials to achieve the aspired outcome.
  3. Let your creativity flow in your works!
  4. You’re free to add designs you want. Try different colors to make all different kinds of tropical fish?

Printable Instruction Card

Paper plate fish
Yield: 1

Paper plate fish

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Easy paper plate fish craft for kids, using recycled materials

Materials

  • 2 Paper plates (for each paper plate fish you want to make)
  • Acrylic paint in black and orange
  • Paint brush
  • Glue gun and glue stick
  • Plastic spoons
  • Pen

Tools

  • scissors
  • glue gun
  • paint brushes

Instructions

    Step 1: Draw a body of fish onto the paper plate, divide it into seven parts, then cut it.
    Step 2: Paint it color orange, but leave spaces white alternately.
    Step 3: Add the black paint for details.
    Step 4: Cut the plastic spoons and glue them into the painted paper plate.
    Step 5: Paint spoons as well.
    Step 6: Add the googly eye.
    Step 7: Draw the tail and (2) fins, and cut them.
    Step 8: Paint them orange with a touch of black paint.
    Step 9: Attach them to the craft.
    Step 10: To finish the craft, draw the fish mouth and you’re done with your FISH CRAFT, you did it.

Did you make this project?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

A Few Fun Fish Facts for Kids

There are over 30,000 species of fish in our oceans including 30 different species of clown fish

All clown fish are born male

Most fish don’t have eye lids

Fish breathe through their gills on the sides of their bodies

The biggest fish in the world is the whale shark

The smallest is the Paedocypris progenetica at just 7.9mm!

More Ocean Crafts for Kids

Looking for more fish crafts for kids, or want to explore crafts with other ocean animals? We have a tonne of great ideas. These are super easy crafts that kids of all ages can enjoy.

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