In my never-ending quest for fuss-free, minimal mess toddler craft ideas, I always go to classic kids books for inspiration and the toddler activity idea I have for you today is no different. I got the basic inspiration for this easy toddler craft from the preschool that Punky goes to. When I saw how simple the fish were to make, I knew it would be the perfect easy activity to do at home.
Rainbow Fish Craft
What you need:
- Paper plates
- Coloured Paper
- Glue stick
- Stapler & staples (optional)
- Cut a wedge(triangle) out of the plate, like you would cut a piece of cake. This will become the tail.
- Staple or glue the wedge to the opposite side from which you cut it out, with the wider edge off the plate and there you have your fish! Alternatively you can just cut the fish shape out of any cardboard you have lying around.
- Cut up squares or other shapes out of the coloured paper and put them all in a container.
- Sit your toddler down with the glue stick and away they go, covering their paper-plate fish with lots of colourful paper scales. You can draw an eye and some fins on the fish too if you like.
For older toddlers this would also be the perfect opportunity to practice first scissor skills. Have them use a pair of safety scissors to cut up the coloured paper. It's also a great opportunity to talk about and learn the different colours you're using.
Just make sure that whatever paper scales are left over you put well away, out of reach of your toddler. Unless of course you want your lounge room to look like a confetti factory exploded in it!
Do you do much art & craft with your toddlers and preschoolers? Have you got any other great paper-plate craft ideas to share?