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Fish Theme

Crafts & Activities
Songs, Finger Plays & Nursery Rhymes

Also see: Under the Ocean Theme

Crafts & Activities


Fish Scenes 
Have the kids paint a piece of paper or a paper plate with blue paint.  When dry, add an underwater scene with felt markers.  Give the kids some fish stickers to add to their picture.

Whale in a Bottle 
Fill a two liter pop bottle one quarter full with water (tint blue food coloring).  Fill a balloon with small amount of water (2 or 3 tablespoons should be enough).  Fill the balloon with just enough air to hold its shape, tie the end, push into bottle, add stones, shells, gravel, etc. 

Go Fishing!
Make fishing rods with 1/2 dowelling and string or fishing line.  Tie a large metal paper clip to the string/fishing line for a hook.  Make several fish shapes out of colored construction paper (make 2 of each shape); glue the matching shapes together, sandwiching a small piece of sheet magnet between the two pieces near the fish's mouth.  Toss the fish into a plastic tub, pool or bucket and let the kids "Go Fishing"!

Songs, Finger Plays, Nursery Rhymes

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Fishes
   (to the tune of One Little, Two Little, Three Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little fishes 
Four little, five little, six little fishes 
Seven little, eight little, nine little fishes 
Ten little fishes in the pond. 

Five Little Fishies
Five little fishies, swimming in a pool 
   (Wiggle five fingers)
The first one said, "The pool is cool." 
   (Show one finger, then wrap arms around body)
The second one said, "The pool is deep." 
   (Show two fingers, then hands measure 'deep')
The third one said, "I want to sleep." 
   (Show three fingers, then rest head on hands)
The fourth one said, "Let's take a dip." 
   (Show four fingers, then hands 'dive' into water)
The fifth one said, "I spy a ship." 
   (Show five fingers, then form scope with hands to peer through)
Fisher boat comes, 
   (Form 'V' with fingers, then move hands away from body)
Line goes kersplash 
   (Pretend to throw fishing line)
Away the five little fishies dash 
   (Wiggle five fingers away) 

Five Little Fishes
   Use fingers or finger puppets
Five little fishes were swimming near the shore. 
One took a dive and then there were four. 
Four little fishes were swimming out to sea. 
One went for food and then there were three. 
Three little fishes said, "Now what shall we do?" 
One swam away and then there were two. 
Two little fishes were having great fun, 
But one took a plunge and then there were one. 
One little fish said, "I like the warm sun." 
Away he went and then there was none. 

Have You Ever Been Fishing?
Have you ever been fishing
On a bright and sunny day?
   (Pretend to cast fishing rod)

When all the little fishies
Swimmin' up and down the bay?
   (Swim with hands)

With your hands in your pockets,
And your pockets in your pants,
   (Put hands in pockets)

And all the little fishies do the 
Hootchy Kootchy dance!
   (Wiggle hips and do a little dance) 


Edible Aquarium 
1 (4 serving size) pkg. Berry Blue flavor gelatin 
3/4 cup boiling water 
1/2 cup cold water 
Ice cubes 
Gummy fish 

Pour the gelatin and boiling water into a bowl and stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Put some ice cubes into your measuring cup and add cold water until it measures 1 1/4 cups.  Add the ice water to the gelatin mix, and stir until slightly thickened. Then remove any unmelted ice. (If the mixture is still thin, refrigerate until slightly thickened.) Pour the thickened gelatin into 4 dessert dishes. Place the gummy fish in the gelatin. They should look like they are swimming in water.  Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.

Fishy Snack 
1 8 ounce pkg. cream cheese, softened
blue food coloring 
rectangular crackers 
gold fish crackers 

Add a couple drops of coloring to cream cheese and mix.  Spread onto rectangular crackers. 
Put gold fish crackers on top 

Fish Cookies 
1 roll of Pillsbury cookie dough 
raisins or M & M's 
Pre-cut the dough into 1/4" slices.  With a plactic knife, the children can cut a small wedge in the circle for the fish's mouth and attach the wedge to the circle to make the fish's tail.   Add a raisin or M & M for the fish's eye. Bake according to the package directions. 

Let's Go Fishing! 
Give the kids pretzel sticks, a dollop of peanut butter, and fish crackers!  The kids can dip their pretzel sticks into the peanut butter and "catch" the fish crackers, then eat what they catch! 

Fish Cakes (Kids love these!!) 
3 large potatoes 
25 g (1 oz.) butter or margarine 
1 egg 
dash of milk 
200 g (7 oz.) can tuna chunks, drained 
75 g (3 oz.) fresh breadcrumbs 
oil, for shallow frying 
8 peas (for garnish) 
a few sprigs of fresh curly parsley (optional) 
cucumber peeled, cut in half lengthwise and very thinly sliced 
8 slices of lemon

Peel the potatoes, cut into small pieces and put in the saucepan.  Cover with water.  Boil the potatoes for about 15 - 20 minutes, until soft.  Drain the potatoes and return them to the saucepan.  Add the butter, milk and egg.  Mash the potatoes with a potato masher until they are smooth, with no lumps.  Spoon the masked potato into a mixing bowl.  Mix in the tuna, breadcrumbs and pepper.  Place the bowl of potato mixture in the fridge to chill for about 30 minutes.  Take the bowl out of the fridge and wet your hands slightly.  Divide the mixture into eight equal portions and, working on a chopping board, mould them into fish shapes. Shallow fry the fish cakes in hot oil for about 5 minutes on both sides.  Drain the fish cakes on absorbent paper towelling and transfer to the serving plate.  To garnish your swimming fish, put a pea in position for the eye and, if you wish, a thin slice of tomato for the mouth of each fish.  Use fresh parsley for air bubbles and a lemon slice for the sun in the sky.  Arrange the cucumber slices in rows to look like the sea under the fish cake. 

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