We made foil fish in preschool

We made foil fish in preschool

I love bubble wrap printing and couldn’t wait to share the experience with the children this year. Finally, I had the chance to share this experience as part of our foil fish activity….

The children started this activity by gluing their foil fish shapes on a sheet of white paper…

Then the children were invited to use colorful permanent markers to decorate their fish shapes.  The reason we used permanent markers is so 1) the marker would not rub off of the foil and 2) we plan to paint over the fish as our next step…

Once the children finished their designs on the fish, then they painted over the fish and the white paper with bubble wrap and blue paint…

We wrapped play dough rolling pins with the bubble wrap and the children used the bubble wrapped rolling pins to paint all over their fish and paper…

The bubble wrap made nice bubble prints…

Some of the children rolled the paint on, but we had some children who rubbed the paint on. I think next time, I will go with a kitchen rolling pin because it rolls better than our playdough rolling pins. Oh, and I noticed that some of the children preferred to paint their paper first then add their fish. It didn’t matter which way they chose to complete the process…

And just as a FYI, the “The Rainbow Fish” book by Marcus Pfister would go great with this process, however, we read “Blue Sea” by Robert Kalan which I have to say – the children LOVED this book…

Links to Grow On

Making Bubble Wrap Prints

Bright and Colorful Roller Pin Painting

Handmade paint brushes (see the bubble wrap paint brush)

Beautiful Bubble Wrap Art from Casa Maria

Bubble Wrap Mitten Painting from Getting Messy with Ms. Jessi





  • La-La’s Home Daycare Posted October 10, 2011 7:32 am

    These are adorable! I’m sharing on mt Facebook page.

  • Kristine Binderup Posted October 10, 2011 7:46 am

    I love your idea for wrapping the rolling pin with bubble wrap. What a great idea, one of many I have read here on your blog. Thank you for sharing.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 10, 2011 8:07 am

    Thank you for the share!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 10, 2011 8:08 am

    You are welcome Kristine:)

  • Domestic goddesque Posted October 10, 2011 8:28 am

    Oo, we’ve used bubble wrap for painting with great success, but never thought of this. Thanks!

  • Anna @ The Imagination Tree Posted October 10, 2011 8:32 am


  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 10, 2011 9:54 am

    Thank you Anna:)

  • Tina Posted October 10, 2011 11:18 am

    Love this.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 11, 2011 7:38 am

    Thank you Tina:)

  • Katie Posted October 11, 2011 9:34 am

    What a great idea!!

    I love the rolling pin with the bubble wrap! The kids love that bubble wrap!!

    Thank you for sharing!!

  • Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree Posted October 11, 2011 10:09 am

    We did something like this before. To add extra texture to the fish, we put an onion bag (or orange bag) underneath and rubbed carefully over the top to make the scale like texture show up! Then we used permanent markers to color. You could probably try plastic texture plates to do this too! I love the bubble print background! If I have picture I’ll post it.

  • Katie @ Playing With Words 365 Posted October 11, 2011 2:54 pm

    I’m LOVING this craft! Just came across your site today and I am loving all the awesome ideas. I am a Speech Pathologist that tried to incorporate crafts into my therapy. I just joined your site and “liked” you on Facebook. I look forward to following your blog!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 11, 2011 3:31 pm

    Welcome Katie! So nice to meet you.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 17, 2011 11:03 pm

    Foil is lots of fun to paint on and to add some shine to your pictures…

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 17, 2011 11:03 pm

    You are welcome Katie:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 17, 2011 11:04 pm

    I didn’t think about adding any texture for the fins. I think we were lucky to get through all of this:)

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