Under the Sea Preschool Craft {Preschool at Home}

Easy Fishbowl Craft

My favorite part of this whole adventure is the preschool crafts. This week we did a handprint octopus, a shaving cream starfish, an Eric Carle inspired fish picture, and more. My favorite craft ended up being one I hadn’t actually seen on Pinterest or a preschool site. I couldn’t believe I actually came up with an idea on my own! If you’ve seen it somewhere, please don’t burst my bubble and tell me (just kidding, of course). I’m quite confident that we aren’t the first ones to do it, but call me immature for being happy that I thought it up all by myself (I think Riley’s independent streak is rubbing off on me). 


And in case you’d like to try it, here’s how it can be done.
-one (ore more) adorable toddler
-paint (I used two shades of blue and a splash of green for a little variation)
-paint brushes or sponge
-paper plate
-piece of white card stock
-green and yellow tissue paper
-great white northern beans (or whatever you have on hand)
-fish template (I used this one and printed it at 20%)
-school glue
-one goggly eye

Before you begin: 
Before you sit down to start this activity, print out the fish from the site above and cut it out. Don’t worry that it’s black on one side. Your preschooler be working on the other side and won’t even notice when she’s done. If you have a young toddler, you’ll also want to cut the green tissue paper into strips and the yellow tissue paper into squares (about 7).


  1. Prepare the paint for your toddler and have her paint the paper plate. We used a paint brush, but I think a sponge would have created a really cool effect! I tried to get the same look by having Riley “stipple” rather than use long strokes. Allow the plate to completely dry. 
  2. Cut your tissue paper into strips and twist them together at one end.  Glue the tissue paper bunch to the bottom of the plate. We just glued it at the bottom so it would be flow-y and look like a plant on the bottom of the fishbowl or sea floor. 
  3. Spread glue little by little across the bottom of the plate and sprinkle the beans on top of the glue. Press down gently so they stick well. (This was Riley’s favorite part! Be prepared to sweet up lots of beans from the floor.). 
  4. Coat the card stock fish with a thin layer of glue. Have your little one place the yellow tissue paper all over the fish. Don’t worry if it overlaps the fish. You can go back and trip it later. Once the glue dries, add the googly eye.
  5. Glue your fish onto the paper plate and let everything dry thoroughly. 
  6. Have your child show off her work! 

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  1. I found you over at Cheerios and Lattes. I love these ideas. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm following now.

  2. Very Cute! Titus will love doing this! Thanks for posting! :)

  3. Oh, and BTW, my twin girlies had that same dress…one of my favorites on them! 😉

    • Neat! My husband's sister has 2 girls a little bit older than Riley so we get lots of cute outfits from them. This was one of the goodies I found in the last batch! I love picking out some of my own stuff, too; but I'm so thankful for older cousins :)

  4. Those are so cute! She is precious!

  5. That is some awesome artwork gorgeous girlie and wow Carolines has also been busy 😉

  6. This is such a cute blog post!! You have a beautiful family. Thanks for being a part of our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope to see you again real soon!! -The Sisters

  7. Aw, thes are great pics! That last shot makes me giggle!

  8. Thanks for posting on Saturday Show and Tell. Preschool is such an important developmental period for kids. It&#39;s great that you&#39;re doing it at home and sharing with us. Can&#39;t wait for week 3 this week. Please stop by and share with us on Saturday as well. <br>Mackenzie<br>http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

  9. You&#39;ve been featured on this week&#39;s Saturday Show &amp; Tell! Thanks for sharing last week! :)

  10. Adorable pictures! Stopping in from Kelly&#39;s Korner. =) Love your blog!

  11. Hi Lauren! I wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog today and leaving me such sweet comments! I been reading through your blog and I love it. Your family is so beautiful! I am really impressed with your cute paper plate fish craft. I&#39;m definitely going to try it out some time. :) I am following you now on GFC.

  12. Your kids are adorable! What a great mom you are to do such fun crafts with your daughter. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays. <br>Rachel<br>adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

  13. Just popped over from Kelly&#39;s Korner to say hi! I live in St.C and saw you were near Orlando too :-) you log is beautiful. I&#39;m you newest follower :-)<br><br>Christine

  14. What a cute and fun craft. May need to do this one with my little guy.

  15. Absolutely adorable!!

  16. This is so clever and it really came out beautifully! Just pinned!

  17. CONGRATS!!!<br />You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer!! Come on over and grab your featured button.. you deserve it!!<br />http://thediydreamer.com/from-dream-to-reality/features-61/

  18. This is so cute. My daughter is in charge of ores hook this week for her little guy that turns 5 this weekend and he wants a fishing party. So is this perfect or what! I&#39;m sharing it with her. Thank you! <br />I have a link party that&#39;s live at http://www.memoriesbythemile.com/<br />I would love for you to come by.<br />Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  19. What a cute project! Thank you for using my fish template! Hugs!

  20. This is part of our June lesson! I&#39;ve linked up to you here: http://www.thesweatmanfamily.blogspot.com/2013/06/june-prek-lesson-plans.html

  21. Hello! I&#39;m &#39;linking&#39; the love back to you!<br />http://teacherweena.blogspot.com/2013/07/fish-in-bowl.html

  22. I&#39;m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your fishbowl project! You can see it here:<br /><br />http://funfamilycrafts.com/fish-bowl-craft/<br /><br />If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we&#39;d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar

  23. I love this craft. It has great color and texture. Please share this on Artsy Play Wednesday (open through Saturday night. I found your post on Pinterest.<br />(http://www.multiples-mom.com)<br />: 0 ) Theresa (Capri + 3)

  24. Adorable!!! I am going to do it in my workshop for toddlers with theie moms!! Thank you!! Polina

  25. Hi, This crafts has been featured on Artsy Play Wednesday – Kids&#39; Craft Linky and FISH CRAFTS FOR KIDS. http://www.countryfitfamily.com/2014/07/fish-crafts.html

  26. This is so cute! Will definitely have to try this!

  27. Such a fun and simple project for little ones! Thanks so much for the inspiraton.


    I’d love for you to share this post {and others} at my Show Me Saturday linky party! Our next party will be the first Saturday of the new year. Hope to see you there!
    ~ Ashley

  28. This is just darling! I will have to try this with my boys. :-)

  29. Such a neat idea and oh so cute!