We read The Rainbow Fish and did a shaving cream painted fish for our stART project today. The kids enjoyed our Easter egg cards that we painted this way, so I thought this would be fun to do again.
Rainbow Fish template (make one for yourself...you'll see why, it's too enticing to not try!)
white card stock paper
tempera paint (acrylic will work too, and be more vibrant)
googly eyes, optional glitter
Sassyfras dove right in and didn't care about the mess on her hands!
Start by letting the kids squirt the shaving cream in the dish and smoothing it out a little with the craft stick. You can use any color paint, but we went with green, blue, purple, and silver to make it look like the colors in the book.
Juiciness was a little more tentative, which surprised me. Notice the one finger poke method.
Have the kids pour a a
giant glob little paint over the top of the shaving cream. Gently swirl the colors through the surface of the shaving cream. Then, take your fish cutout and press it lightly into the shaving cream/paint mixture. Let it sit for a 30 seconds or so and lift it out as smoothly as possible.
Set the fish aside for a few minutes and allow the color to "set up" before squeegeeing the mixture off the paper. My kids needed some help with this step (so no pictures), but just start at one end and wipe smoothly across the paper.
The silver paint didn't show up on the fish, so we sprinkled a little silver glitter on after the excess shaving cream/paint was removed, but before it dried. Glue the googly eye on after the fish is dry.
This project is a little messy with young preschoolers, especially if you're brave enough to let them play in the shaving cream mix afterward. We did this outside on the deck so we could rinse off with the hose after!
Linking to: Kids Get Crafty, Weekend Wanderer, Read Learn, Explore