Fish in the water

The exploration of under the sea can lead to an endless set of discoveries and it is hard to know where to begin and where to end. We decided to start our under the sea unit by simply talking about and exploring fish…

A fish in the water by Teach Preschool

We began by reading the book Blue Sea by Robert Kalan. This is a very simple picture book with wonderful words like “little, big, bigger, biggest” that are illustrated through very simple pictures. Each page of the book leads to critical thinking along with prediction and discussion about what is happening or what is going to happen next…

A fish in the water by Teach Preschool

To follow up our reading of Blue Sea, we had all different types of fishy-focused activities set up in our classroom. For our art activity, we invited the children to make their own school of handprint fish in blue water…

A fish in the water by Teach Preschool

The children started the process by painting their entire white paper with a blue wash (water tinted with blue liquid watercolor)…

A fish in the water by Teach Preschool

And then they painted their hands to make a handprint fish…

A fish in the water by Teach Preschool

After painting their hands, they pressed their painted hand down on the paper to make a fish and then either painted the other hand or painted over the same hand to make a new fish…

Fish in the water by Teach Preschool

The children could make as many fish as they desired. Some children went on to add eyes and a mouth to each of their fish too…

Fish in the water by Teach Preschool

In the end, we had quite a unique collection of fish in the water paintings…

Fish in the water by Teach Preschool


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By |2013-06-20T06:00:25+00:00June 20th, 2013|

About the Author:

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.

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