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Fish Bowl Paper Plate Craft For Kids [Free Template]

Having a pet is more than just having a companion – it’s a wonderful way for kids to learn responsibility through feeding, cleaning, and making sure their pet is happy and healthy. This daily routine helps children develop a sense of duty and reliability.

Today we’re featuring a fun pet that many enjoy watching. Kids can create their own fishy friend without the need for water or fish food with this fish bowl paper plate craft.

This fun and inexpensive activity will make a splash with kids who love to paint, cut, and create. Using a kitchen staple and a few other basic supplies, your child can make a fish and its home that they’ll be proud to show off.

See what else can be made with a simple paper plate from animals to seasonal decorations when your kids create these other creative paper plate crafts. They’ll keep your kids engaged and having fun!

Fish Bowl Craft

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Supplies

Directions

Start by downloading the fish bowl template and printing it out. Once you have the template printed, gather the materials needed for this fun activity. Get those scissors ready, and let’s help the kids bring this fish to life!

Hand holding Fish Bowl Paper Plate Craft template

First, help your child paint the paper plate and let it dry completely. Cut a small, curved part of the top of the paper plate off so it looks like a fish bowl.

Hand painting the paper plate of Fish Bowl Paper Plate Craft

Glue the seagrass around the bottom of the paper plate.

Hand gluing the underwater plant of Fish Bowl Paper Plate Craft

Next, glue the gravel to the bottom portion of the paper plate, on top of the seagrass.

Hand gluing the sand of Fish Bowl Paper Plate Craft

Now, glue the stripes to the fish’s body. Trim off the excess paper that hangs off the sides.

Hand gluing the stripes of Fish Bowl Paper Plate Craft

Position the red fin on the top and bottom of the fish and glue them in place.

Hand gluing the fin of Fish Bowl Paper Plate Craft

Glue the tail fin on the back and right side of the body.

Hand gluing the tail fin of Fish Bowl Paper Plate Craft

Next, guide your child to attach the eye just below the eyebrow.

Hand gluing the eyes of Fish Bowl Paper Plate Craft

Place the fish in the center of the paper plate and glue it in place.

Hand gluing the fish of Fish Bowl Paper Plate Craft

Finally, encourage your child to glue the bubbles to the paper plate, above the fish’s mouth.

Hand gluing the bubbles of Fish Bowl Paper Plate Craft

Isn’t it simple and easy to make? Check out our other cool animal crafts for kids to keep them entertained!

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Pet Themed Ideas For Kids

Looking for purr-fectly entertaining pet themed ideas for your kids? You’re in for a treat! We’ve fetched some fun projects and educational activities that feature all kinds of pets.

Whether your little ones are crazy about cats, fascinated by fish, or delighted by dogs, there’s something for them to make their tails wag with joy. Read on below for ideas on new books to read and hands-on activities that will be a paws-itively big hit with your little animal lovers!

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Pet Themed Unit For Kids

Want to create a themed unit around this craft? We’ve got lots of ideas to get your started.

Books are a great way to get even further into a theme! On top of that, reading to kids helps them develop a stronger vocabulary and helps them learn to focus. It’s a win-win situation! Try out some of these cool books about space:

Can I Be Your Dog? – This is the cutest storybook about a dog named Arfy who’s a homeless dog. Follow his journey to finding the right family to adopt him!

Strictly No Elephants – When a boy and his pet elephant are denied entrance to a special club, they set out to create their own all-inclusive pet club! This is a great story of being a true friend!

If You Give A Cat A Cupcake – Kids who love the classic If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, will love this cat version! See all the silly things this cat needs!

Hand holding finished example of Fish Bowl Paper Plate Craft

Easy Pet Crafts

Dog Puppet Craft – This puppet is just doggone adorable. Kids can make their own dog puppet using a paper bag and our free template. It’s a tail-waggingly easy project that promises hours of imaginative play. 

Cat Headband Craft – Let your little kittens unleash their inner feline with a meow-tastic cat headband! They can make their own from scratch or add their personal touch to a coloring version. It’s a purr-fectly cute way to channel their creativity and strut their stuff.

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Handprint Parrot – Kids can spread their creative wings with this colorful parrot! They’ll create a beautiful keepsake using their handprints to make the parrot’s vibrant feathers. It’s a fun, hands-on activity they’ll love!

Bunny Paper Cup Craft – Hop into fun! Kids can create their own adorable bunny using a paper cup and our free template with this project. It’s a hare-raisingly cute activity that promises lots of giggles and smiles. Grab your cups and get hoppin!

Preschool Pet Activities

Our hedgehog worksheets combine these cute critters with engaging activities your kids will love. Kids can develop their literacy skills with the help of these adorable animals and handwriting practice, letter recognition and vocabulary building exercises!

They’ll trace the letter ‘Hh’ in uppercase and lowercase forms, label hedgehog body parts, and navigate a letter maze to boost their fine motor and problem solving skills. Download this set of worksheets to get to the fun and learning.

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Using scissors is really beneficial to kids, so that’s why we created these frog cutting practice worksheets! Kids can enhance their hand-eye coordination, grip strength, and bilateral coordination when they cut with scissors.

These cutting activities require concentration and focus, aiding in developing attention skills, plus kids will practice counting, matching, and fine motor skills while learning about these fascinating amphibians. Leap into the fun with our free printable set!

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Use these printable pet pattern block mats to teach your kiddos simple math concepts while keeping them entertained! These block mats are perfect for introducing toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners to basic math skills.

They’ll develop fine motor skills, shape recognition, patterning, counting, symmetry, and more while playing with these puzzle mats. The best part? They won’t even realize they’re learning because they’ll be having so much fun! This printable pack includes templates for pets from a cat to a turtle.

Finished example of Fish Bowl Paper Plate Craft

Swim on over to check out these fish color by number printables! These engaging activities help young children improve number recognition, fine motor skills, and color recognition. As kids match colors to numbers, they practice following directions and enhance their concentration.

They’ll be excited to reveal the colorful fish as they color in each numbered space. This set is great for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners, and combines education and creativity in a fun way!

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Hand holding finished example of Fish Bowl Paper Plate Craft

Fish Bowl Paper Plate Craft

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Drying Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Today we’re featuring a beautiful pet that many enjoy watching. Kids can create their own fishy friend without the need for water or fish food with this fish bowl paper plate craft.

Materials

  • Paper plates
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Black marker
  • Fish bowl template

Instructions

  1. Download the fish bowl template, print it, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Begin by painting the paper plate and let it dry completely. Cut a small, curved portion off the top of the paper plate.
  3. Glue the seagrass around the bottom of the paper plate.
  4. Next, glue the gravel to the bottom portion of the paper plate, on top of the seagrass.
  5. Now, glue the stripes to the body. Cut off any excess paper that hangs off the sides.
  6. Position the red fin on the top and bottom of the fish and glue them in place.
  7. Glue the tail fin on the back and right side of the body.
  8. Next, attach the eye just below the eyebrow.
  9. Place the fish in the center of the paper plate and glue it in place.
  10. Finish off by gluing the bubbles to the paper plate, around the fish's mouth.

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