Summer Reading Adventure: Week 2 – The Rainbow Fish

Fun Rainbow Fish book activities, crafts, and snack ideas!  Welcome to Week 2 of our Summer Reading Adventure!

Summer Reading Adventure Week 2  - The Rainbow Fish | Fun Rainbow Fish book activities, crafts, and snack ideas!

We’re back with Week 2 of the Summer Reading Adventure!  Last week Mari, from Inspired By Family Magazine, amazed us all with her fabulous crafts, activities and recipes for Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett.  This week I will be sharing activities and crafts that you can use to bring The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister, to life for your kids.   The Rainbow Fish is a book that we have enjoyed in our house for several years.  Not only do the shiny scales appeal to my boys but the underlying message of sharing is an important concept that I can appreciate as a parent.

The book is written by Marcus Pfister and the story is about a fish who feels that he is more beautiful than other fish because of his shiny scales.  He learns through his trials that when he shares his shiny scales with other fish who don’t have them, it makes him feel good and the other fish happy.  We started off with a fun Rainbow Fish craft:

Cut a wedge out of a paper plate and glue it on the opposite side creating a fish tail and mouth.  Cut out “scales” using construction paper, tissue paper, craft paper, foil or anything else you can think of :)  The foil is for the shiny scales from the book.  Start gluing the scales onto the fish until you have covered the entire surface of the plate.

Turn the fish over and trim the excess paper along the edge of the fish.  Add a googly eye and a couple of fins and you’re done!

The boys made a rainbow using colored goldfish.

Next I had Bryce do some color sorting with rainbow fish crackers using a cupcake tin.  Reece helped by supplying more fish for Bryce to sort.  After sorting, depending on the age of the children, you can have them count the number of fish.

After talking about sharing with the boys, we went through their rooms and “fished out” toys that they could share with kids who might not have as many toys as they do.  This is also a great way to get your closets organized!

Finally we made fish necklaces using colored fish and cord.  The boys were able to share their fish with friends and it really helped to illuminate the underlying message in the story.  This activity can really help children see that sharing not only makes others happy but that it makes them feel good too.  It’s never too early to learn about sharing our talents and possessions with others.

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  1. What cute & colorful ideas! Love the paper plate fish :)

  2. I love those rainbow fish necklaces!

  3. My son loved that book when they read it at preschool. I know he would love these activities – thanks for sharing!

    Stopping by from House of Hepworths!

    PS – I’m hosting a giveaway this week and would love for you to stop by and enter!

  4. I like the new header! Very clean and fresh!

    We just got a copy of the Rainbow Fish with the plastic pages. My son loves it as a chew toy, but it’s a very sweet story too :)

  5. So cute! My kids just love this story! Thank you for sharing this project! Great to add to summer activities!

    Have a great weekend!

  6. What a cute link up party and idea… I love the rainbow fish books. They are so great ;)

    julie @ Naptime Review

  7. Love this post! Thanks for linking up, I am pinning this idea right now!

  8. What cute ideas!

  9. I love the paper plate fish you did. We have done a rainbow fish too if you want to check it out.

  10. These are super cute ideas and not just for summer reading but for during the school year – great for homeschooling!

  11. Your link is already closed after 10 days, not 6 weeks…did I do something wrong?
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  12. Yummy activities and the fish turned out great. I love it because it is so simple, but still looks really nice. This was my favorite book as a child. Thanks for linking up to Mom’s Library!

  13. This is so much fun, I’m so glad I saw your link at Happy Hour! We love this story and this will be an easy one to pull together too. Thanks for sharing! :)

  14. What fun! I really like your fish craft. This looks like a wonderful series!

  15. Love that paper plate fish! We tried painting on foil when we did ‘Rainbow Fish’ but it got very messy!!

    Thanks for linking up to the Sunday Showcase – hope to see you there again next week!


  16. Oh wow, so excited about this blog and the children’s book resources and projects. I love making homemade curriculum out of children’s books and will definitely be linking up here..Awesome!!!

  17. These are fantastic ideas! I would love it if you linked them up to my new link party going on now.

  18. You have great ideas for the book! Thank you for sharing at Saturday Show and Tell! I hope you’ll be back this week.

  19. This looks great! So colorful and irresistible! Our three year olds would enjoy these activities – thanks for sharing. Great photos too!

  20. Hi! Found this on Whimsy Wednesday – this is super cute! I’d love to co-host your summer reading adventure sometime :) You can emamil me at jugglingactmama.blogspot {@} {gmail.dotcom}

  21. We are going to see Rainbow Fish on Friday and these will make excellent activities to do before and after we see it. Thanks

  22. What great Rainbow Fish ideas! I just shared it on the publisher facebook page. Thanks for being so creative, we love seeing people enjoy the books with their kids!

  23. Love this story and the activities you have shared. Where did you buy the sweet fishes for the necklace activity?

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