Cardboard Fish and Owl Art Project

If you have some extra corrugated cardboard and a few bored kids, try creating these abstract fish and owls. I won’t lie. It took a while to cut out 65 fish and owl shapes plus the notches and mouth openings, but my Kinder students loved creating this cute project. Very hands-on, creative and fun.

Kinder Fish and Owls!



  1. Cheryl Hancock says:

    Delightful, I also have done fish and the students painted patterns first- one group did cool colours and another did warm colours will photograph today.
    Great use for recycling those small boxes and painted paper scraps.

  2. Allison says:

    Wow Patty! What an absolutely inspiring site. I think you’re AMAZING! I wish I had such a fabulous creative art teacher when I was in primary school – the kids must adore you!

    • Patty says:

      Thanks, Allison! I think your blog is pretty cool too! Hope you are enjoying the BYW class. I just finished my “mood board”. Unusual technique for me but I think I’m hooked.

  3. Michelle says:

    Great project! I like the colors and textures and feel like the kids can do a lot of good problem solving a project like this!

    One question (that anyone can answer)–what do you use for gluing googly eyes? They always fall off when we use elmers…are there any other good options?

    • Patty says:

      I’ve always used Elmer’s school glue and I don’t worry too much about longevity. I bet though, that tacky glue (sold at craft stores) would work really well.

    • Sue says:

      I always tell the kids to make a nice glue dot first and then place the googly eye in it so that the glue comes out a little all the way around. Also, on cardboard it will work better because it doesn’t bend.

  4. Michelle says:

    Thank you for your input and your great blog!

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  7. Julie K says:

    Did the kiddos cut their own fish out? or just trace and an adult cut?

    • Patty says:

      Kids can do it but for my 65 Kinders, I cut out the cardboard with a large paper cutter. If you want your kids to cut out their own fish, use a less thick piece of cardboard. Perhaps cereal boxes.

  8. Nancy L. says:

    These are wonderful! How much time did you allot forthis craft? How much time, do you estimate, between painting and completing?

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