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Fish Craft for Kids You Can Make in Classroom

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Get creative with these fish crafts. They’re simple, fun to make, and cute projects for kids.

holding red fish craft

I’m a massive fan of fish-related crafts simply because there’s so much room for kids to stretch their imaginations. The perfect kids’ art is hard to find, but in my opinion, this fishy little number gets close.

This is perfect as a classroom activity because it provides many educational opportunities along the way. It’s vibrant, easy-to-make, and the materials aren’t expensive to buy in large amounts.

3 kids fish crafts

Using only felt, decorations, and some popsicle sticks, this DIY project is perfect for young kids! Take little ones through a fish’s life cycle, create a school of a hundred fish, and adorn the classroom wall.

Even if you’re just taking your kids through this project at home, I guarantee they’ll have a blast bringing these little fishies to life. Let’s get started!

fish crafts hanging on wall

Supplies You’ll Need

colored felt and craft supplies

How to Make a Fish Craft for Kids

Here is a full tutorial on how to make these DIY fish decorations.

Step 1

Begin your crafting session by gathering all your supplies. If you’re in a classroom setting, bulk packs of all the supplies are available on Amazon to make your life a lot easier!

Spread out a vast array of decoration possibilities, including pom poms, glitter, buttons, or beads to decorate the fish’s tail and fins. As for the base material, you can use felt or foam. Whichever is easiest.

putting glue on popsicle sticks

Step 2

The first step in bring this fish to life is to create a wooden triangle out of popsicle sticks. Simply arrange the three sticks in a triangle shape, gluing them down at each end with your craft glue.  

While waiting for the glue to air dry, you can get to work on the fins, tails, and fish lips. These will be cut from the foam and glued on, so there’s no permanence. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Cut out these pieces of fishy anatomy in a variety of colors and shapes. You don’t have to worry about messing it up since you can always pick the best pieces to go on your final product.

cutting felt around popsicle stick triangle

Step 3

Next up, let’s give our skeleton some scales. Using the dried triangle as a measure, cut a triangle of your chosen felt color out of your sheet.

Pro Tip: This felt piece will sit behind the popsicle sticks. So, make sure it doesn’t extend too far past the sticks’ boundaries.  

glueing cut felt triangle

Step 4

Next up, attach the piece of felt to the frame. I found craft glue works perfectly well for this (and would be ideal in a classroom environment). However, if all you have on-hand is hot glue, that will work.

felt glued onto popsicle stick triangle

Once you’re done, you should have a little fish body that looks like this! You’re halfway done.

glueing felt fish fin

Step 5

It’s time to make our fish a little more recognizable. Next, glue two fins to the fish’s body, one on the top and one on the bottom. Ensure these sit behind the sticks. Finish it off by gluing fish lips to the front.

holding finished yellow fish craft

cutting tail shapes from orange felt

Step 6

If you haven’t already, start thinking about some exciting tail shapes, you can bring to the aquatic creatures! Experiment with spiky styles, rounded curves, or basic fish-like shapes for your tails.

I recommend cutting them out of the same felt color as your fish’s lips or choosing a contrasting color to add an extra pop.

glueing felt fish tail

Step 7

Just like you did with the fins, glue your fish’s tail on behind the popsicle sticks. Position the tail on the fish’s rear. If you’re in a classroom, now is the best time to talk about how fish can swim!

Finish off this delightful craft by adorning your fish with the various decorative supplies I listed before. I highly recommend using googly eyes. They just lend such life to the completed fishies!

adding pompoms to fish crafts

What Can You Use Instead of Felt?

Any colored material can work for this craft, so if you don’t have any felt on-hand, get creative with your resources. Some examples of things you can use instead of felt include:

  • Colored paper.
  • A thick fabric-like cotton or muslin.
  • Painted cardboard from cereal boxes.
  • Wood, if you’re creating something for the outdoors.

3 completed fish crafts

How Much Does this Fish Craft Cost?

Each little fish will cost a couple dollars at most if you’re making them at home. However, if you buy bulk for a classroom art project, this cost will easily be cut in half.

Buying in bulk is one of many ways to make art supplies even cheaper because you’re not repeatedly being charged a retailer’s mark-up.

cute diy fish craft for kids

If you’re looking for some other ways to make this craft even cheaper than it already is, you could:

  • Ask the kids to bring in some old clothes (with their parents’ approval, of course).
  • Use recycled cardboard boxes for the skeleton instead of popsicle sticks.
  • Gather sticks from outside and use them as your frame. This is a great way to get the kids outdoors as well!

completed fish crafts with blue background

Leave these adorable fish adorning your classroom’s walls, and you’ll be guaranteed to smile every time you walk into the room.

3 hanging fish crafts

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Fish Craft for Kids

fish craft with popsicle sticks

This fish craft embraces all the great things about crafting with children; easy-to-execute steps with a vibrant and
colorful result. Not only that, but it’s also an excellent vehicle for an aquatic creature lesson!

Active Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Colored felt sheets
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Googly eyes
  • Fuzzy pom poms

Tools

  • Glue
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Ransack your classroom’s art supplies, and get ready to start crafting! While felt or foam is preferable, you can use any cut-and-paste textile you can get your hands on. Remember, the more decorations you have, the more interesting the result will be!
  2. Start off by gluing three popsicle sticks into a triangle using craft glue and leaving that to dry.
  3. While the triangle dries, use the downtime to cut the fish’s tail, fins, and lips out of some color-contrasting felt.
  4. Using the dried triangle as a template, cut around its edges on a piece of felt to create the fish’s scales. Paste this to the wooden ‘skeleton’ and leave that to dry.
  5. Once that’s dried, simply use the lips, tail, and fins to flesh out the fish’s anatomy.
  6. From here, it’s up to you to decorate the fish in any way you please! Use sequins for scales, googly eyes for a little life, or even some pom-poms for a fluffier look.
  7. You're done! Have your students craft an entire wall of little fish (or should I say… a school), and they’ll have the time of their lives.
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