Remember the Dr. Seuss book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish? Make these colorful fish and more with Lorine Mason’s tutorial that pairs Crayola Model Magic and eggs of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam to make a school of colorful fish. Make them as part of a summer reading program, or for a summer camp craft. This one is fun for boys and girls, so think about scout troops, too. And if you’re more of a Yertle the Turtle fan, Lorine has you covered.
To make a Magic Clay Fish, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Egg (fish shown here used 2-1/2″, 3″ and 4″ eggs)
- Air-dry clay, colors of choice (Lorine used Model Magic by Crayola)
- Wiggle eyes, two 10mm
- Pony beads (for larger fish)
- Plastic-coated paper clip
- Nylon fishing line
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; wire cutters; rolling pin
To make a Magic Clay Fish:
1. For small fish, use rolling pin to roll two, 2″ balls of air-dry clay into 1/8″-thick, 5″-diameter circles. For larger fish, use two, 3″ balls rolled to 1/8″-thick, 6″-diameter circles. Turn circles over several times while rolling to prevent sticking.
To make the different fish:
Marbled Fish: For each circle, roll equal amounts of two colors into long ropes. Twist ropes together, fold in half, and roll to 1/8″ thickness. Repeat.
Striped Fish: Roll two large circles of different colors to 1/4″ thickness. Cut each circle into 1″-wide strips. Re-form circles, alternating colors. Press seams together and roll again to 1/8″ thickness.
Multicolored Fish: Place thin strips of additional colors on top of main color while rolling out circles.
2. Drape a circle lengthwise over the egg. Cover other half with second circle, matching seams and aligning stripes/colors. Press circles together around egg, pressing out air bubbles.
3. Using photo as a guide, gently mark nose, fins, and tail with pencil. Use scissors to cut away excess clay. Press seams together. Optional: Use clay scraps to create side fins; press to body. Add very thin strips of clay to create stripes on fish.
4. For small fish, glue and press wiggle eyes directly into clay. For large fish, glue wiggle eyes to pony bead before gluing into clay.
5. Use pencil point to imprint clay surface with gill, mouth, and fin lines. Use fingernail to imprint scales, working from gills to tail.
6. Use wire cutters to cut paper clip in half. Insert cut clip ends into top of fish to mark placement, then remove. Glue clip ends into holes. Let fish dry completely.
7. Cut 12″ length from fishing line for hanger. Insert line into clip; knot ends to secure.
How do you keep your kids reading through the summer? Do you participate in a summer reading program at your local library? Or are there other ways you encourage your kids to practice reading all summer long?
Happy crafting (and reading).