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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