Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Clothespin Fish Craft

I'm an easily distracted person so Pinterest for me goes from a simple search for a cute storytime craft idea to spending a bit more time than necessary on the website and discovering a new drink that I want to try some weekend with the girls.  Although, an easy temptation to slack off, Pinterest is a great tool to use in library programming.  About half my summer reading programs were inspired by Pinterest posts and adapted for the library.  I'm real excited about a new craft I stumbled upon that I will be doing with some preschoolers when I visit there class later next month.  You can check out the Pinterest post here.
This is a picture of my adapted version that will be easy enough for preschool-age children to do.

What you need:

  • Fish cut out/cut in half (I drew my own and made copies)
  • Colorful paper
  • Bubbles (find a picture on the internet, use clipart, or draw your own!)
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Clothespin
  • Glue

Glue the bubbles to the back of the lower half of the fish.  Use a small amount of glue and attach the lower half the the fish to one half of the clothespin.  You need to be able to pinch open the clothespin.  Glue the top of the fish to the top half of the clothespin.  Add a wiggly eye, and you're done.  The kids will have lots of fun squeezing the fish open and seeing the bubbles in its mouth!  I let the preschoolers color their fish before we put the craft together.


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