Making rainbow fish puzzles in preschool

Another activity that was introduced during our week long study of fish was this simple-to-prepare but kind of complex-to-put-together rainbow fish puzzle…

Rainbow fish puzzles by Teach Preschool

I had lots of these sparkly sticker foam sheets left-over and decided to cut them up into fish shapes. So after cutting them up into fish shapes, I was stumped as to what the children would do with them. They were very bright and pretty but one peel of the sticker and the children would be done. So I divided each fish shape into four even pieces by cutting straight across each one.  There, now the children could try to put the fish shapes back together kind of like a puzzle! Easy to do and interesting too…

Rainbow fish puzzles by Teach Preschool

I demonstrated for the children how they could use the shapes to create a rainbow fish as if they were putting together a puzzle and then sent them off to try it on their own. Getting to choose from all those bright sparkly colors and having the opportunity to peel off the paper to make a fish puzzle was certainly a big hit…

Rainbow fish puzzles by Teach Preschool

However, figuring out how to put the foam pieces back together to make a fish was the challenging part. None of the children put the fish back together the way I had intended or demonstrated. Instead, the children created their own unique fish which turned out to be much more interesting than my version of a fish…

Rainbow fish puzzles by Teach Preschool

Some of the children decided to draw bubbles and add other features to their fish…

Rainbow fish puzzles by Teach Preschool

I had intended to read the book “Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister but since everything was running last minute for me, I couldn’t find my copy of the book anywhere. As a great alternative, we read “Fish Eyes” by Lois Ehlert, which is one of my personal favorite fish books, and which also happens to have fish that look very similar to our fish puzzles too…

Fish Eyes and Rainbow Fish from Teach Preschool

In the end, we made at least 12 flashy fish puzzles!

A flashy fish puzzle by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-06-22T06:00:22+00:00June 22nd, 2013|

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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.

One Comment

  1. MIRIAM FERNANDEZ BORASO June 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Hi Debb! Fantastic idea! Where did u get the sticky paper? thanks for sharing!
    love,
    MIRIAM

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