F is for Fish (Poster)

F is for Fish (Poster)

Here is a fish themed poster we made during home school a few years back.  We were using it as part of an alphabet series, but it could also work along with several other accounts including:

  • Creation
  • Miraculous Catch of Fish (Luke 24:13-32)
  • Jonah and the Giant Fish

What You’ll Need:

  • Poster board (one piece if you’re doing this as a class project; otherwise probably one piece for each pair of kids)
  • Blue washable paint
  • Sponges
  • Paint smocks
  • Green washable paint (optional)
  • Other paint colors (for the fish)
  • Paint brushes
  • Cardboard tubes (empty paper towel tubes)
  • Paper plate

What You Do:

Step #1: Painting the Fish

Begin by outfitting the kids in paint smocks and allowing them to paint little cardboard fish.  In order to make the fish, cut the cardboard tubes into 3 inch rings.  Cut the ring open.  In order to form the tail, cut 1 inch in on both sides so the cardboard can nest in itself and form a fish shape (see picture above).  Once they are done painting the fish, set them aside to dry.

Step #2: Paint the Seaweed

Help the children paint some seaweed at the bottom of the poster board.  It could be a little or a lot — depending the context of your lesson.  We were pretending to make a fish tank, so we just added a few little bits.

Step #3: Sponge on the Blue 

Here’s where the fun begins! Using a small sponge (or paper towel if you don’t have any sponges handy), have the kids dip the sponge into a bit a paint (putting it on a paper plate first works well) and then dab it onto the poster board.  Just a little bit goes a long way and gives that nice “wave” look, so monitor those little ones closely!

Step #4: Add the Fish

Once the fish and the poster board are dry, glue the fish into place.  You might be able to get away with good ol’ Elmer’s glue, but this might also call for some more series Tacky glue.  Help the kids glue the fish into place and admire your work!



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