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Dr Seuss Paper Plate Fish Craft [Free Template]

Dr. Seuss books are a part of nearly every child’s memories! To celebrate that and Dr. Seus’s birthday, we created this Dr Seuss paper plate fish craft!

We’re pretty sure you recognize this iconic fish, but if not, he’s from The Cat in the Hat. I don’t think he has a name, other than fish, but you know the one we’re talking about.

He’s the fish that is the only sensible one and tries to get the kids to clean up and kick the Cat in the Hat out of the house!

This paper plate craft is so cute and it’s fun to make too. All you’ll need are some basic art and craft supplies and about 15 minutes.

This fish craft would be perfect to make in the classroom to celebrate Read Across America Day.

Or, make it at home with kids after you read The Cat in the Hat. And, if you need more ideas, check out all of our Dr. Suess crafts for kids.

Read on below or watch our quick video tutorial to see how simple this Dr. Seuss craft is!

Cat In The Hat Fish Craft

Collage of paper plate fish craft images with the words “dr Seuss paper plate craft” in the middle

Below we’ve listed the supplies that we used to create the craft you see in the pictures. We wanted to mention that there are a few different options you can do in place of the watercolors.

We used pan watercolors, but you can also try out liquid watercolors, thinned out acrylic paint or even just use a light blue marker to color in the water.

Whatever you have on hand that will work, just use that!

Supplies

Directions

Download the Dr. Seuss fish template, print and cut out the pieces.

Hands holding Dr. Seuss fish craft template

Use the black marker to draw on the fishbowl accent markings. Wait until the black marker is dry, then move on to the next step.

Hands drawing on paper plate with black marker

Use liquid watercolors or pan watercolors to paint on the blue water inside the fishbowl. Let dry completely.

Hands painting water onto paper plate

Assemble the fish by gluing on the white eye on top of the body.

Hands gluing eyes onto Dr. Seuss fish

Place the fish’s fin just in front of the left most marking and glue in place.

Hands gluing fish fin onto Dr. Seuss craft

Take the completed fish and glue him into the fishbowl.

Hands gluing Dr. Seuss fish onto paper plate craft

Cat in the Hat Fish Craft Notes

We wanted to mention that it’s important to draw the black accent lines on first before you use the watercolor.

We weren’t thinking things through the first time we made the fishbowl and painted the paper plate. After the watercolor dried we tried to use the black sharpie to draw over the paint, but it did not work!

We ended up ruining our brand new marker, so don’t make the same mistake we did! 🙂

cat in the hat fish paper plate craft

Dr. Seuss In The Classroom

Doesn’t this fish look too cute?!

We love when crafts have a bit of art involved, so we used watercolors for the water in the fishbowl.

If you’re making this craft in the classroom and you don’t want to deal with a paint mess, you can use crayons, markers or even colored pencils instead.

Closeup of dr seuss fish craft

What’s great about this craft is it’s simple, but it still allows for some variety. Let the kids make their fishbowl half full, 3/4 full or 100% full. And don’t feel constrained to keep your fish submerged in the water.

We all know the original Dr. Seuss fish frequently popped out of his water to talk to the kids.

We can already envision how cool these guys would look on a bulletin board outside the classroom!

Don’t forget to enter your email in the form at the end of this page to have the template link sent directly to you.

dr seuss fish craft

More Dr. Seuss Resources

We can’t talk about Dr. Seuss without mentioning the best Dr. Seuss books! These are some of the top rated ones. Grab them from your local library or add them to your home collection.

Are You My Mother? is a cute book about a little bird who’s trying to find his mom in a big world!

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! – This book is a classic Dr. Seuss book about the ups and downs of life. It’s such a great read!

Dr. Seuss Second Book Collection– This boxed set of of five Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss—The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, Dr. Seuss’s ABC, Oh Say Can You Say?, Oh the Thinks You Can Think!, and I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! is a great addition to your home library.

Kids will actually want to take a bath when they use these Lorax bath bombs. Get ready for Dr. Seuss dress up day with this Dr. Seuss dress or these Thing 1 & Thing 2 shirts.

Share With Us

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For a chance to have your child’s craft featured, simply snap a picture of the completed project and post it to our Facebook page, email it to us directly by clicking here, or use #simpleeverydaymom on your social media!

dr seuss paper plate craft

Dr. Seuss Fish Paper Plate Craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Drying Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Materials

  • Paper plate
  • Black marker
  • Orange card stock
  • White card stock
  • Watercolors
  • Glue stick
  • Dr. Seuss fish template (download form located at the end of the page)

Tools

  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Download the Dr. Seuss fish template, print and cut out the pieces.
  2. Use the black marker to draw on the fishbowl accent markings. Wait until the black marker is dry, then move on to the next step.
  3. Use liquid watercolors or pan watercolors to paint on the blue water inside the fishbowl. Let dry completely.
  4. Assemble the fish by gluing on the white eye on top of the body.
  5. Place the fish's fin just in front of the left most marking and glue in place.
  6. Take the completed fish and glue him into the fishbowl.

Dr. Suess Fish Craft Template

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Brenda Sanford

Saturday 15th of May 2021

Cute craft idea!

Sam

Monday 17th of May 2021

Thanks, Brenda!

Greg Porath

Friday 28th of February 2020

These are so terrific I love your crafts.

Sam T

Friday 28th of February 2020

Thank you!

linda Duenas

Tuesday 25th of February 2020

Great ideas.

Sam T

Tuesday 25th of February 2020

Thank you!

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