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Perfect for preschoolers, this Paper Plate Goldfish Craft reinforces basic shape recognition and fine-motor skills. It requires minimal supplies, making it ideal for large groups of children at home, school, or camp.


We made this craft after reading the book Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet by Kelly DiPucchio. My children enjoyed the funny story and had fun painting their paper plates in various shades of orange and yellow.

Materials and Directions:

  • white paper plates
  • orange paint
  • large googly eyes
  • paint brush
  • tape
  • scissors
  • glue
  • string

After gathering supplies, invite children to paint their paper plates orange. Allow the plates to dry completely.

Invite children to cut a small triangle out of their paper plate. Older children may be able to do this independently, while young children may find it easier to cut along adult-drawn guide lines.

Tape the triangle to the back of the fish with the round end facing out. Invite children to glue a googly eye to the plate. If desired, draw fins, scales, and patterns onto the fish with markers.

Tape a small piece of string to the back of the goldfish so children can play with their paper plate goldfish or hang it up to enjoy.