Making rainbow fish collages in preschool

The kindergarten children from this class have been reading the book “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister and today they made their very own rainbow fish collages…

The teacher set out a basket of tissue paper squares and some aluminum foil to add a little bit of shimmer…

Each child took their own approach towards making a rainbow fish collage…

Some of the children chose to use glue bottles and other children chose to use glue sticks…

Some of the children preferred to create alone and others liked to pair up and collaborate…

Some of the children scrunched the tissue paper and others preferred to leave theirs smooth and flat…

Some of the children preferred using more tissue paper and others preferred more foil…

I didn’t notice this on my own but this little boy pointed out to me how he chose to add four of each color of tissue paper on his fish…

After the children finished designing their rainbow fish collages, they placed them on the drying rack…

I can always tell when I go into a classroom where the children are used to making decisions, getting their own supplies, or using their own creative ideas. As the children in this class made their fish, they talked and laughed with each other and moved about from table to table to get their own supplies. I loved seeing how relaxed the children were and how they were very comfortable and confident creating their fish collage in their own way. Although the children were constantly talking and moving about, they continued to stay on task.The children in the classroom are definitely confident thinkers and doers!

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By |2011-04-30T11:00:59+00:00April 30th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

3 Comments

  1. kelli May 1, 2011 at 1:11 am - Reply

    new follower! so glad i found you- what a creative idea! my boys love love – did i mention love? fish- big fish – little fish- lots of fish- they will love this project. love. seriously. on monday. first thing.
    i already know i’m going to enjoy digging through your site!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 1, 2011 at 9:22 am - Reply

      I am so glad to have you here Kelli!

  2. Those are pretty cute! SO simple and easy!

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