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I used a coloring page as a template and the kids lightly traced around the outside and then cut away the extra clay. Then they drew in freehand the basic lines of the fish. I did help the smallest member of our tribe, age 2.
After it dried, which took about a day, I put out a few colous of paint (including silver and gold) and they painted their fish. I think the end results speak for themselves.
Extend the activity:
-My Rainbow Fish Pinterest Board
-Put together a Story Sack using this great set of Rainbow Fish Story Resources from Twinkl
-Have the children re-tell the story using these great free printable Rainbow Fish visual aids from Sparklebox
-Watch The Rainbow Fish read by Ernest Borgnine
-Rainbow Fish flannel board
-Rainbow Fish math board game to download free from Communication 4 All
-Rainbow Fish memory game
-Erin, The Usual Mayhem