Easy Bubble Wrap Fish Craft for Preschool Pretend Play
This is one craft you'll be glad to have in your toolkit. With easy setup and recycled packaging material, you'll be making bubble wrap fish in no time for pretend play.
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Fish crafts are not only fun to make, they provide lots of opportunity for gross motor pretend play. Kids will love moving around the room with their fish, bobbing up and down, and diving into the 'ocean'.
Fish crafts are also great prompts for puppet shows!
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- masking tape or washi tape
- craft eyes
- bubble wrap
I used a piece of bubble wrap 14 x 28 inches (36 x 71 cm) but you can easily use whatever amount you have on hand.
The larger the piece of bubble wrap you roll up, the thicker and stronger the fish will be, and better able to stand up during pretend play.
1. Roll up the bubble wrap with the bubble side out to give a lumpy texture to the fish.
Kids can roll and unroll the bubble wrap until they get the shape just right. This promotes fine motor and sensory play.
2. Wrap tape around one end to secure the bubble wrap and form the nose.
3. Continue wrapping tape around the body of the fish. Use one color or a mix of different colors. Provide small pieces of tape at a time that are easier for kids to work with.
4. Glue craft eyes near the nose.
5. Cut a fin from bubble wrap and secure to the fish with a piece of tape. Paint the fin if preferred.
6. Cut slits in the tail fin so it will fan out and swish up and down as the bubble wrap fish 'swims' in the ocean.
Use your bubble wrap fish for pretend play: dive to the ocean bottom; splash in the waves; catch a fish with a fishing pole .
Learning through play
- Spread a blue blanket "ocean" on the floor where the fish can swim.
- Catch fish in a net.
- Use the fish in a puppet show.
- 'Swim' around the room, wiggling and diving like a fish.