We made foil fish in preschool

I love bubble wrap printing and couldn’t wait to share the experience with the children this year. Finally, I had the chance to share this experience as part of our foil fish activity….

The children started this activity by gluing their foil fish shapes on a sheet of white paper…

Then the children were invited to use colorful permanent markers to decorate their fish shapes.  The reason we used permanent markers is so 1) the marker would not rub off of the foil and 2) we plan to paint over the fish as our next step…

Once the children finished their designs on the fish, then they painted over the fish and the white paper with bubble wrap and blue paint…

We wrapped play dough rolling pins with the bubble wrap and the children used the bubble wrapped rolling pins to paint all over their fish and paper…

The bubble wrap made nice bubble prints…

Some of the children rolled the paint on, but we had some children who rubbed the paint on. I think next time, I will go with a kitchen rolling pin because it rolls better than our playdough rolling pins. Oh, and I noticed that some of the children preferred to paint their paper first then add their fish. It didn’t matter which way they chose to complete the process…

And just as a FYI, the “The Rainbow Fish” book by Marcus Pfister would go great with this process, however, we read “Blue Sea” by Robert Kalan which I have to say – the children LOVED this book…

Links to Grow On

Making Bubble Wrap Prints

Bright and Colorful Roller Pin Painting

Handmade paint brushes (see the bubble wrap paint brush)

Beautiful Bubble Wrap Art from Casa Maria

Bubble Wrap Mitten Painting from Getting Messy with Ms. Jessi




By |2011-10-10T06:00:35+00:00October 10th, 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.


  1. La-La's Home Daycare October 10, 2011 at 7:32 am - Reply

    These are adorable! I’m sharing on mt Facebook page.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 10, 2011 at 8:07 am - Reply

      Thank you for the share!

  2. Kristine Binderup October 10, 2011 at 7:46 am - Reply

    I love your idea for wrapping the rolling pin with bubble wrap. What a great idea, one of many I have read here on your blog. Thank you for sharing.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 10, 2011 at 8:08 am - Reply

      You are welcome Kristine:)

  3. Domestic goddesque October 10, 2011 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Oo, we’ve used bubble wrap for painting with great success, but never thought of this. Thanks!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 17, 2011 at 11:03 pm - Reply

      Foil is lots of fun to paint on and to add some shine to your pictures…

  4. Anna @ The Imagination Tree October 10, 2011 at 8:32 am - Reply


    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 10, 2011 at 9:54 am - Reply

      Thank you Anna:)

  5. Tina October 10, 2011 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Love this.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 11, 2011 at 7:38 am - Reply

      Thank you Tina:)

  6. Katie October 11, 2011 at 9:34 am - Reply

    What a great idea!!

    I love the rolling pin with the bubble wrap! The kids love that bubble wrap!!

    Thank you for sharing!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 17, 2011 at 11:03 pm - Reply

      You are welcome Katie:)

  7. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree October 11, 2011 at 10:09 am - Reply

    We did something like this before. To add extra texture to the fish, we put an onion bag (or orange bag) underneath and rubbed carefully over the top to make the scale like texture show up! Then we used permanent markers to color. You could probably try plastic texture plates to do this too! I love the bubble print background! If I have picture I’ll post it.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 17, 2011 at 11:04 pm - Reply

      I didn’t think about adding any texture for the fins. I think we were lucky to get through all of this:)

  8. Katie @ Playing With Words 365 October 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I’m LOVING this craft! Just came across your site today and I am loving all the awesome ideas. I am a Speech Pathologist that tried to incorporate crafts into my therapy. I just joined your site and “liked” you on Facebook. I look forward to following your blog!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      Welcome Katie! So nice to meet you.

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