Preschool Fish Craft Using Recycled Chair Foam

Kids can make a foam fish from recycled chair foam for awesome pretend play.  Add this craft and imaginative play to your ocean theme or save it for a rainy day!

Foam fish craft for preschool ocean theme

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A fish craft provides lots of opportunity for kids to imagine and create. There are so many ways to design and decorate fish, using recycled materials in a variety of colors and textures.

Once the fish are made, swimming and diving immediately become part of the play with these fun ocean characters.

Kids will have fun making spongy fish to add to their ocean themed pretend play!

Foam fish craft

This activity uses recycled materials to create the fish. Start with a piece of chair foam or similar foam. Add fins and scales to give each fish its unique character.

The different textures, sizes and colors of the materials provide sensory and fine motor experiences.

Explore scales and fins in this simple activity to discover how they help fish swim.

Supplies for fish craft


Use recycled chair foam and mesh fabric for a fish craft with kids


  • 1 inch (2.5cm) thickness chair foam
  • 1 mesh onion bag
  • chenille stem or pipe cleaner
  • craft eyes
  • glue


Instructions for fish craft


Fish craft with mesh fabric fins for kids ocean theme

Back view


1. Cut out a fish shape from the foam.The fish should be shorter than the length of the mesh bag in order for one end of the bag to become the fish tail.

2. Insert the fish into the mesh bag. If there is a metal tip on the mesh bag you can use it as the 'nose'. Wrap the mesh snugly around the foam and secure at both ends with a twist of the chenille stem. The chenille stem becomes a handle for holding the fish like a puppet so you can help him swim!


Foam fish craft with fins for preschoolers

Front view


3. Glue craft eyes to the front of the fish.

4. Cut out a fin from a small piece of mesh and glue to the body.

 Fish craft made with foam and mesh for kids activities


Use this fun fish craft in your ocean theme, add it to your study of animal habitats, or make it a rainy day activity! 


Learning through play
  • Discuss the different parts of a fish. Why do fish have fins? How do fish breath?
  • Swim with the fish around the classroom for gross motor movement.
  • Read One Fish Two Fish.
  • Place small plastic fish in a plastic bin with water for sensory play.


Grab some more ideas from our Crafts board on Pinterest.


More fun fish crafts from kid-friendly bloggers:

Foil Fish Craft from NurtureStore

Rainbow Fish Alphabet Matching Craft from I Can Teach My Child

Fish Paper Craft for Kids from Buggy and Buddy

Painted Rock Fish Craft from A Little Pinch of Perfect



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