All this week for storybook summer we’re Under the Sea and sharing some fantastic Ocean and Sea Creature themed books today we welcome Kristina from Toddler Approved to share a simple art activity that is so much to connect and create with the book Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.

We live in California and LOVE Ocean themed books, crafts, and activities! Last summer we even hosted an Ocean Week over on Toddler Approved filled with playful learning activities for kids.

Today we are so excited to be invited over for Rainy Day Mum’s Storybook Summer Under the Sea week! We will be sharing a simple spin art fish craft along with our favorite ocean book, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.

Spin Art Rainbow Fish, art and craft activity for the favourite children's storybook The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Rainbow Fish is a book about a little fish who finds friendship and happiness when he learns to share. My kids especially love the glittery scales on the front cover of the book. I had one little student who read this book every day for an entire year when I was her teacher. Whenever I read this book now I feel like I am hanging out with an old friend. If you haven’t read the book, you might want to check it out with your little one and give it a try… and then do our spin art fish craft or any of our other favorite rainbow fish crafts afterwards.

To make your own spin art fish craft, you only need these few materials…

Spin Art Rainbow Fish, art and craft activity for the favourite children's storybook The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
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How to make your own spin art fish craft…

Spin Art Rainbow Fish, art and craft activity for the favourite children's storybook The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
To get started making your own spin art fish craft you’ll want to put a coffee filter inside your salad spinner and then squirt in a variety of colors. Since we were reading The Rainbow Fish my kids squirted every color of the rainbow into the salad spinner!
Next have one of your kids get the salad spinner spinning!! This is everyone’s favorite part.
Spin Art Rainbow Fish, art and craft activity for the favourite children's storybook The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Once you have been spinning for several minutes, stop the salad spinner and remove the wet paint covered coffee filter. Lay it out to dry and make another one! I let each of my three kids (ages 7, 4, 2) have two turns so each of them had two colorful coffee filters when we were done with this activity.
Spin Art Rainbow Fish, art and craft activity for the favourite children's storybook The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
While your coffee filters are drying cut out some fish from colored construction paper.
Spin Art Rainbow Fish, art and craft activity for the favourite children's storybook The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Then once your coffee filters are dry you can cut them out into smaller fish shapes too. Mount the smaller coffee filter fish on top of the construction paper fish to create a colorful fish craft!
Spin Art Rainbow Fish, art and craft activity for the favourite children's storybook The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
We love to display our spin art fish creations all around the house and read The Rainbow Fish again and again!

Have you ever read The Rainbow Fish?

Have you tried salad spinner art before?

Spin Art Rainbow Fish, art and craft activity for the favourite children's storybook The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
We hope you’ll have fun trying this activity and many of the others that are featured in Rainy Day Mum’s Under the Sea week.

We’ve love you to pop by Toddler Approved anytime and check out some of our other favorite children’s book themed crafts and activities. Here are three favorites:

You can find even more book inspired crafts and activities on our Children’s Book Related Crafts & Activities Pinterest Board.

Camp Sunny Patch Honor Counselor Kristina of ToddlerApproved.comKristina is a mom of three and the founder of Toddler Approved, a blog where she helps parents capitalize on teachable moments in everyday life and motivates them to discover, create, and learn with their children.

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Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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