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Easy Fish Painting For Kids

Lately we’ve been doing tons of fun ocean and summer themed crafts for kids.

When it’s summertime and you’re land locked, it’s the perfect way to get a bit of the ocean in your summer activities. If your children love the ocean and learning about the animals that live there, they’re going to love this easy art project.

This week we’re sharing this fun easy fish painting for kids.

It’s simple enough for young children to paint on their own and it’s great for fostering your child’s creativity!

Read on below to see how to make this goldfish art with your children or students. Also, be sure to check out all of our ocean crafts for kids.

Fish Art For Kids

Supplies

Directions

Print out the beta fish art template on the white art paper.

Paint the beta fish in any shade of liquid watercolors that you want. Let dry then cut out and set aside.

Paint the seagrass in varying shades of green. Let dry then cut out and set aside. Paint the seashells in your choice of colors then let dry. Cut out and set aside.

To make the ocean watercolor backdrop, paint your art paper with the liquid watercolor in shades of blue, green and hints of yellow. Let dry completely. 

Create your ocean scene by gluing all the pieces onto the blue watercolor background. To give it a little more depth, glue some of the seagrass pieces behind the fish and some in front of the fish.

After you’ve glued everything to the blue background, glue the googly eye onto the fish.

Use the circle punches to cut out a few circles of varying sizes. These will be the bubbles. Use the black marker to draw on the reflective lighting on each bubble (see pictures for example).

That’s all there is to it!

Adapting This Fish Painting For Younger Kids

If you want to use this art project with children who are in kindergarten, preschool or are toddlers there are a few things to consider.

First, you’ll need to determine if they’re able to cut out the pieces. If they’re beginning with scissors, they may be able to cut out the seagrass and shells, but the beta fish is more complex and will need them to be more skilled.

If you’re doing this art project with a class, you’ll need to cut out the fish ahead of time or have some adult helpers available to cut each of the individual goldfish out.

We find it easier to paint the white art paper and then cut out the pieces so if you can do it in the order, it’ll help with less mess.

Another thing to consider is the setup for your watercolor background. You’ll need to have a hard surface that kids can get messy from the painting. The younger the children, the more likely they’ll make a mess with the watercolors.

The liquid watercolors that we used are awesome because they wipe up from tile and hard surfaces instantly with a little water or cleaner.

Benefit Of Painting For Kids

Kids love arts and crafts, but did you know there are actually tons of benefits kids get from doing these types of projects?

Through art, kids can gain a variety of skills and learn about concepts like:

  • fine motor skills
  • hand eye coordination
  • color theory
  • self expression
  • increased self confidence

and so much more!

watercolor fish painting for kids

There really is much more to arts and crafts than just fun (although they are a blast to do)! The next time your children are bored and you don’t know what to do, have them make this simple fish art project!

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Did you make this cute fish painting with your kids? We love seeing how your projects turn out! Please stop by our Facebook page and leave a picture of your finished fish craft on our wall.

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Watercolor Fish Art Project For Kids

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Drying Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make this simple watercolor fish art project with your children this summer!

Instructions

    1. Print out the beta fish art template on the white art paper. 
    2. Paint the beta fish in any shade of liquid watercolors that you want. Let dry then cut out and set aside.
    3. Paint the seagrass in varying shades of green. Let dry then cut out and set aside. 
    4. Paint the seashells in your choice of colors then let dry. Cut out and set aside. 
    5. To make the ocean watercolor backdrop, paint your art paper with the liquid watercolor in shades of blue, green and hints of yellow. Let dry completely.
    6. Create your ocean scene by glueing all the pieces onto the blue watercolor background. To give it a little more depth, glue some of the seagrass pieces behind the fish and some in front of the fish. 
    7. After you've glued everything to the blue background, glue the googly eye onto the fish. 
    8. Use the circle punches to cut out a few circles of varying sizes. These will be the bubbles. Use the black marker to draw on the reflective lighting on each bubble (see pictures for example).  

Free Goldfish Template

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kayla

Tuesday 16th of June 2020

so excited to try this!!

Leticia

Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

Thank you!

Sam T

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

Yay! I hope you like it!

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