The Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister this month. We had fun with some Rainbow Fish Play Dough. The activity is great for working on fine motor skills. Affiliate links are included in this post. Clicking on the book titles or covers will take you to Amazon.
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Adults and kids alike love to look at The Rainbow Fish with its shiny foil and glitter everywhere. The lesson the Rainbow Fish learns is what makes this book a classic. Sharing with others is so much better than being alone.
Rainbow Fish Play Dough
The Rainbow Fish has scales of beautiful shades of blue, green, and purple and several silvery shiny scales. I made play dough using The Imagination Tree’s no-cook play dough recipe. I divided up the colors between Aiden (age 6) and Lily (age 2). We used freezer paper as their work surface. I also gave them each some acrylic gems (these are on the small side, so I watched Lily the whole time – you could use something like glitter tape covered paper instead).
I drew a fish on each of their pieces of freezer paper. I encouraged them to pinch off pieces of play dough to make scales. The goal is to cover their fish. Pinching play dough is great for working on fine motor skills. Check out Lily’s lovely pile.
Building a fish looks like this.
We also had a fish sand toy that the kids used with the play dough. They had fun adding the gems to the fish.
Press the play dough into the fish mold.
Making colorful fish scales is such a fun compliment to reading The Rainbow Fish.
More Ideas from the Virtual Book Club for Kids
See more activities inspired by The Rainbow Fish:
Rainbow Fish Sugar Cookies from Rainy Day Mum
Easy and Colorful Name Puzzle for Preschoolers from Toddler Approved
Pre-Writing Activity: Rainbow Fish Note Cards from Growing Book by Book
Rainbow Fish Themed Gross Motor from 3 Dinosaurs
Rainbow Fish Alphabet Matching from I Can Teach My Child
Rainbow Fish Scratch Art Name Activity from Sugar, Spice & Glitter
Rainbow Volcanoes from The Pleasantest Thing
Preschool Rainbow Fish Color Mixing Experiment from Preschool Powol Packets
Scribble Shape Art from Mama Miss
Also stop by the Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook page to see what others are sharing!
Next month we’ll be featuring Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann. See our entire Virtual Book Club for Kids book list here.
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