This project makes a great activity when reading The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. The colored tissue paper represents the new scales of the Rainbow Fish character, and the shiny paper squares represent the ones he gives away.

What You Need:

  • Paintbrushes
  • Glue
  • White paper cut into a large fish shape, one per student
  • Tissue paper of various colors cut into small squares
  • Shiny paper or foil cut into small squares, one per student
  • Markers

What You Do:

  1. Before the day of the craft, cut out one large fish shape for each student from the white paper or prepare fish templates so your students can cut out their own fish.
  2. Have your students brush glue onto each fish shape using a paintbrush.
  3. Students can attach various colors of the tissue paper squares all over their fish, leaving room for a single shiny square.
  4. Hand out one shiny square to each student and have them glue the shiny scale onto their fish.
  5. The students can then draw an eye and a mouth on their fish faces using the markers.