This is such a fun craft. My daughter and I each grabbed some toilet paper rolls and originally I thought we’d turn them into butterflies since my daughter adores butterflies but when I cut one as an experiment we both said “It looks like a fish!” then grabbed the paints. I like to try to make crafts like this fish craft as exploratory as possible. Yes, there are way more boundaries with them than open-ended art and but you can adjust that in many ways. I added the glitter to add texture to the fish but also to add some more mixing and hands-on creation for my daughter.
Gather your materials. You will need some toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls cut in half, paint, glitter, dishes for the paint, paint brushes, scissors, glue and googly eyes… you may want more than one per fish if your kids are like mine!
Start by putting the paint into containers and adding glitter. I try to give my daughter as much choice as possible so she chose the paint colors and glitter colors too. She added a lot and I was struck speechless when she didn’t choose pink immediately.
Mix them up if you add as much glitter as my daughter did you might need to add a little more paint after to make sure it will still spread.
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