Pie Plate Fish

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Students can create fish using pie plates and construction paper.

By Andrea Mulder-Slater

The underwater world serves as wonderful inspiration for artists of all ages. From discovering creatures of the deep to finding the right words to describe the ocean, children enjoy the animals that live in the sea. Encourage the learning by introducing this artsy fish to your children and students.

What You Need:

  • 2 pie plates (per child). These can be paper or aluminum … as long as they are both the same size.
  • Heavy poster paper (you don’t need really big pieces of paper so this is a great time to use up the scraps from previous projects).
  • Pencils, scissors and a paper stapler.
  • Scrap wood pieces to create a base for the fish.
  • Water-based paint.
  • Paintbrushes, water, water containers and a newspaper covered work area.

What You Do:

  1. First, place the 2 pie plates together (bottoms facing out) and secure with staples. You can always use masking tape instead but the staples work the best.
  2. Next, take 2 pieces of poster paper and draw out the following shapes: a fish head, a top fin, a bottom fin and a tail.
  3. Cut these shapes out both pieces of paper so you have 2 of everything.
  4. Staple or glue or tape the fin, tail and head pieces together, but only along one side. You need to keep one of the sides open so that you can attach it to the pie plate.
  5. Attach the fins, head and tail to the pie plates.
  6. Create a stand for the fish. Fasten the fish to the stand using tape or glue. (Attaching the fish to the stand prior to painting makes decorating much easier).
  7. Finally, your kinder artists can decorate the fish using colorful paints, construction paper or markers.

Optional: For younger students, you might wish to use paper plates instead.