Rainbow Fish Puppets


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Rainbow Fish Puppets | Summer Fun with Kids | DIY Crafts | DIY for Kids

This is Week 1 of our 12-week Summer Fun with Kids series here at LWSL!  Today we are welcoming Edie from Life in Grace, who is sharing a fun and easy way to make adorable Rainbow Fish Puppets.  For more summer fun, check out the overview page.

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Hi y’all, this is Edie from Life in Grace and I am so happy to be back with you to share a little summer fun!

We started off summer with a bang this year when Ruth and her family spent Memorial Day weekend with us. I think I successfully made a country girl out of her—I took her to the mountains, we waded in the creek, we fished in the pond, we tubed on the lake, and I even cooked biscuits and gravy for breakfast! We had a blast together and I tried every way in the world to get those cutie little girls to stay here with me, but they seemed to be pretty attached to their awesome parents.

One morning before we headed out on the boat, we gathered the girls around for a fun and easy watercolor craft. I love watercolors all year round but something about summer makes them even more fun. You’ll probably have everything you need on hand but if you don’t have thick card stock or watercolor paper, it will be worth it to pick some up. I love using it in the summer for lots of easy art projects. Staying home with kids in the summer can be challenging but I’ve found ways to enjoy it as I try to remember how fast time flies!

Assemble your materials to make your rainbow fish puppets: Card stock or watercolor paper, watercolor paints and brush, glue, glitter, scissors, clothes pins and the Rainbow Fish book.

Here is what you need:
Thick card stock or watercolor paper
Watercolor paints and brush (I love these!)
Clothes pins (optional but makes a perfect puppet holder)
The Rainbow Fish book (not required but a great summer book for the littles in your life)

Draw a fish using a stencil filling up most of the paper.

Step 1: Draw a fish, filling up most of your paper to draw it. (You can use my template, but trust me, I’m no artist!)

Using your paintbrush, begin painting the fish using blue colors.

Step 2: Draw in the eye and lips and then lightly draw a semi-circle separating the face from the rest of the fish.

Paint the rainbow fish with various watercolors using any design you'd like.

Step 3: Paint the fish with watercolors in water pattern you like. Use all the colors of the rainbow!

After your fish is painted and dried, outline a scale pattern using the glue.

Step 4: After your fish is painted and dried, outline a scale pattern using the glue.

Add copious amounts of glitter to your rainbow fish so that he's nice and shiny!

Step 5: Add copious amounts of glitter to your rainbow fish so that he’s nice and shiny!

Add a clothes pin to your colorful rainbow fish to make a puppet out of him.

Step 6: Dust off the excess glitter, cut him out, and  add a clothes pin to make a puppet out of him... (We originally tried cutting the fins separately and stapling them on so that the fins would have more movement. It wasn’t worth the extra step!)

Set up an effortless puppet stage by throwing a blanket over two chairs and begin the rainbow fish show.

Step 7:  Set up an effortless puppet stage by throwing a blanket over two chairs. Let your kids have a blast by putting on their own show!

Rainbow Fish Puppets


You could make several different sizes and have a whole school of fish! Most importantly, make memories with your kiddos this summer because the years slip by so fast.

Rainbow Fish Puppet giveaway

And now for the giveaway!  THREE lucky readers will win a Rainbow Fish Puppet package that includes a set of watercolor paint, watercolor paper, and a hardcover version of the Rainbow Fish book.  This fun package has a retail value of almost $40 and will provide hours of fun this summer!  To enter, just follow the instructions in the box below.

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Edie is a writer and lifestyle blogger sharing her grace story at her website: life{in}grace. Edie from the blog life{in}grace. She is passionate about lifelong learning, enjoys reading and writing about a variety of topics that include: faith, homemaking, parenting, cooking and interior design. She loves her quirky life of raising chickens, having a small garden and a brood of children. She is a devoted cook and foodie who looks for the divine among the mundane and cherishes the scared grace moments that spring up through the stony ground of everyday living.

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What are your favorite no-effort art supplies?


  1. Meghan
    June 2 at 09:51AM

    My kids love those jumbo coloring pads from Melissa and Doug. They are great with markers, crayons, or watercolors and are on pretty thick paper. I don’t know if they are my absolute favorite because after I color for 5 minutes, I’m pretty bored, but they get pulled out several times a week and the kids can do it without me so that makes it pretty awesome!

  2. Nicole E.
    June 2 at 10:12AM

    This looks like a great project for this week.

  3. Shirley
    June 2 at 10:31AM

    Markers, mounds of paper, scissors and tape. My grands go crazy with it and hava a blast!

  4. Nicole
    June 2 at 10:43AM

    My kid loves to paint and color so I try to keep paper, watercolor and crayons handy.

  5. Shannon
    June 2 at 11:01AM

    By far its paint. They love it and I’m planning this to be the summer of art so lots of outside painting, still lifes and silliness.

  6. Julie
    June 2 at 11:55AM

    Great Project!

  7. Sarah Wright
    June 2 at 11:56AM

    We love sidewalk chalk, finger painting outside, and multi-colored bubbles.

  8. These are just too much fun, Edie / Ruth! So glad to be a part of this series and pinning!!

  9. Charlotte
    June 2 at 01:35PM

    My favorite “effortless” art supplies are paper towel rolls! They are free and, with a little imagination, they are super versatile!

  10. Sherri
    June 2 at 02:11PM

    We love coloring books and crayons.

  11. Rachel
    June 2 at 02:58PM

    I love this idea! I have a hard time finding projects that both of my children will like but this looks promising.

  12. Elisa Friske
    June 2 at 04:59PM

    We love chalk, and finger painting!

  13. Karen S.
    June 2 at 05:12PM

    My daughter also loves to paint, so we always have supplies on hand. I do believe it is time to upgrade to that fabulous watercolor set!

  14. lori
    June 2 at 05:45PM

    My kids like construction paper and stickers

  15. June 2 at 10:34PM

    Bubble wrap! It makes noise, you can paint it and layer it and glue it! The kids get so excited when we have some to pop, so I like to keep extra around as a boredom buster. AND we’ve made some into jellyfish, which would be a perfect addition to the rainbow fish! Thanks for the fab idea!

  16. heidi greer
    June 2 at 10:50PM

    our favorite go-to art supply is the roll of art paper from ikea. they can draw for miles….!

  17. Nicole
    June 2 at 10:52PM

    As a pre k teacher I love paint. The messier the better!

  18. Anonymous
    June 3 at 12:10AM

    My favorite art supplies are whatever can be found outside from nature. This series is perfect timing as I’m hosting my first ever “Mimi Camp” for my 7 grand children this month and I’m anxious for ideas.

  19. Terry
    June 3 at 12:11AM

    My favorite art supplies are whatever can be found outside from nature. This series is perfect timing as I’m hosting my first ever “Mimi Camp” for my 7 grand children this month and I’m anxious for ideas.


  20. Maja Nal
    June 3 at 05:18AM

    My kids love finger painting

  21. Margaret
    June 3 at 05:48AM

    The grands are on a vacation trip but hen they get back I will have to have them over for a craft day.

  22. talar yost
    June 3 at 10:53AM

    such a cute idea! i’m definitely doing this with my 4 year old

  23. Jaimie Adams
    June 3 at 03:58PM

    I love having white paper, crayons, extra magazines, and scissors on hand. Oh, and don’t forget the glue! 🙂

  24. Stella
    June 3 at 06:24PM

    Foam! Foam cut outs, foam stickers, and foam kits. Super easy for kids to do, but no mess. (other than cleaning up the backings of the stickers)

  25. Lisa Hathaway
    June 3 at 10:25PM

    I loved this story when I was growing up!

  26. Mindy
    June 4 at 09:48AM

    We are really big on sidewalk chalk in the summer time. It’s great not only because we are outside enjoying the weather, but because the neighbor kids all eventually join in for one big color party!

  27. Laura
    June 4 at 01:02PM

    Sidewalk chalk, crayons & paper.

  28. Nat
    June 5 at 10:43PM

    we always have colored crayons and pencils with us

  29. Chris Lafargue-Bonet
    June 7 at 08:37AM

    My 4 year old girl is crazy about paint and colors in general. We know the Rainbow Fish too, borrowed it from the library in the past. My 10 year old boy would love making the puppet, he is a very creative soul and almost anything makes him happy : wool, wood, paper, cisors, you name it!

  30. June 7 at 09:18AM

    I’m a grandmother (Nena) who will be keeping my 1o yr old and 2-6 yr old grandchildren this summer for the 1st time. I’ve worked with children in the past in VBS so I have some ideas of things to do but was given your site to help me with newer and fresher ideas as times have changed. Love the Rainbow Fish Puppet idea (don’t have all of those supplies yet) and I’m sure my grands will enjoy this project. I’ve had some good times working with construction paper, glue, string, glitter and BUTTONS. The girls love working with BUTTONS. Any ideas you have for working with buttons I would love to try with my grands. Looking forward to our fun time with the Rainbow Fish Puppets. Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas.

  31. Lori
    June 7 at 09:45AM

    Beautiful artwork! The best part of the day is being with friends!

  32. Chrissy
    June 8 at 07:44PM

    Looks like fun! My boys love to paint!

  33. Jaime
    June 8 at 11:00PM

    My daughter loves chalk and stickers. I love to give her construction paper and a set of stickers. I love to see where her imagination takes her with her design and the stories that go with them.

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