Kid’s Craft: It’s cool to make a school of Model Magic Fish

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.

A fun craft for the kids -- making fish with Crayola Model Magic and eggs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. #KidsCraft

Here’s who’s who in this school: Marbled Fish is on the top, right-hand side. The Striped Fish is on the left. The Multi-Colored Fish is at the top in the center.

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:

Kids would love to make this fish from Crayola Model Magic. Great summer fun! #KidsCraft

Marbled 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.

Make your own Nemo-style fish from Crayola Model Magic and an egg of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. #KidsCraft

Striped Fish

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.

Crayola Model Magic Fish -- a great companion craft for Dr. Seuss book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. #KidsCraft

Multi-Colored Fish

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.

A fun craft for kids -- making fish from Crayola Model Magic. #KidsCraftIdeas

Create fish eyes by gluing the wiggle eye onto a pony bead.

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.

Now, if you’re a Yertle the Turtle fan, you can follow Lorine’s tutorial for Magic Clay Turtles on

A fun idea for kids: How to make a turtle from Crayola Model Magic clay and STYROFOAM Brand Foam. #KidsCraft

Magic Clay Turtles by Lorine Mason.

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).


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  5. roylcoblog says:

    Interesting combination of materials. I wouldn’t have thought of putting them together like that! Great job 🙂

  6. Katiria says:

    Hi Sharon, love the little fish.
    When my son was in 1st grade we signed up for our local library’s summer reading program and I would read with him for 30 minutes everyday. I think what kept him interested was the types of books I chose. I would get books about kids that were just like him or funny, goofy books and he loved reading them. One time I also signed up for the Barnes & Noble summer program and he read 8 books then got a book as a reward at the end of the summer. I don’t do that anymore because I’m not home to make sure he is reading and maybe he outgrew it because it’s a hassle to get him to read if I’m not around. 😦

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Katiria. We always loved the summer reading program at our local library, too. It does get harder as they get older, there are so many other choices for the kids. Here’s to a good summer! Sharon

  7. LisaM says:

    What another great tut. The turtles are too cute. My youngest will be the only one going to the library this summer for crafting and reading. My highschoolers will probably just buy some books to read. 🙂

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