This art project was a huge success with my Kinder students. If the project looks familiar, that’s because it is! We created our cardboard owls and fish before but this time, my Kinders created a cool habitat for their little abstract friends.
Making the fish
To start, we followed the same instructions for making the cardboard fish but this time we added a bright pink or turquoise background. I happen to have a boxful of paper towel rolls, so I cut them into segments and gave a tray of white paint and the roll segments to each table. Children stamped bubbles all over their background paper, keeping in mind that their fish will occupy most of the center. Paper scraps were brought out and the children had a great time cutting fins, scales, eyes and teeth for their fish.
There is so much going on with this lesson: composition, squeezing glue bottles, wrapping and handling long strands of yarn, cutting, stamping and most of all…creating. This can be a messy project, but if you organize the paper scraps in white trays and only give a few pieces of scraps to each table (see the photo above), then it becomes slightly more manageable. Also, if you can pre-cut the lengths of yarn for wrapping around the fish, you won’t have to stand by the yarn and monitor the yarn table.
Kinder Cardboard Fish!