Craft Time! April 29

Posted by on Wednesday, April 29, 2020
10:00 Toddler Class

Today, Ms Annie has a great craft for us. We are making a school of fish. But our fish will be a fish family. This a family activity that will require an adult to construct and the entire family to play with to make a school of fish. In our calendar, we have a short video showing why fish have to swim in groups. A group of fish is called a “school”.  Fish swim in schools to protect them from predators, to make finding food easier, and to allow them to breed. The saying "safety in numbers" can be true if you're a fish. 

To make our big fish, you will need some of the following materials: paper, tape or glue, scissors, and markers or crayons. An adult will do the cutting and your child can do the decorating. 

Here's how to do it:

The next craft is the fish puppets. You will need paper, popsicle sticks, tape, markers, and other decotations. This is an easy one, just trace your child's hand on the paper, cut, and decorate with scales, fins, and eyes. 

Here's a sample of fish

10:30 Craft Time Primary

Ms. Cresca did some fun art activities this morning. Our first craft is a Fish Diorama. This is a wonderful craft to show ocean life. Did you know there are different kinds of fish that live in each of the ocean zones? The zones are the SUNLIGHT ZONE, TWILIGHT ZONE, MIDNIGHT ZONE, ABYSS, and the HADALPELAGIC ZONE or the Trenches. Most of the fish and sea life we see live in the sunlight zone. As it gets deeper in the ocean, there is less light. Can you imagine what kinds of fish live in the deepest depths of the ocean? To stay curious, maybe you can read about that with mom and dad. I know of an angler fish and viper fish. Beware though, these fish have big eyes and big mouths. What??? Yup, the BIG eyes are used  to spot their prey, and BIG mouths is to catch them! Some even have special light to attract their prey. This ability of emitting light is called bioluminescence. Question and learn more about these fish. Why they do what they do?'ll find it incredibly fascinating! What kind of fish would you like to learn? For our older kids, you can use the animal research booklet from the school's website. 

Now back to our project. We are making a diorama of our sunlight zone. You can also make other zones! But do read up on what kinds of fish live there. 

blue paint 
green paper for seaweed
crayons to decorate the fish
paper for fish (you can use our fish printout from this week's lesson)

Color the inside of your box blue. You can paint, color, or glue blue paper. 
Cut seaweed, corals, sea stars, etc
Draw a fish and cut. You can use the fish printout this week.
Tape the string on a fish and hang on the top of box. 

For Puffer Fish
Yellow paint
White paint
White paper
black pen

Put some paint on a dish or a saucer.
Draw a circle on your paper to act as a guide.
With your fork, dip in the yellow paint and press on the outside of your paper.
Go around repeating the process on the top half of your circle.
Use white on the bottom half of the circle.
Add eyes and nose one the paint is dry.
Paint or add paper cutouts for the fins.

Stay curious and find out more about puffer fish and why they puff up! 

These are great activities your child can play with over and over throughout the day! Handmade toys are great for inciting the curious brain. The process of making these crafts involves language, calculation, patience, refinement of fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, integration of left and right brain, imaginative play, and exploration. Plus you’ll never hear the words, “I’m bored,” 

Share with us your art.