The Rainbow Fish



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Watercolor Rainbow Fish 

An art activity to follow up reading The Rainbow Fish.


  • Watercolors
  • Brushes and water in cups
  • Large white construction paper
  • Pattern of fish
  • Scissors
  • Aluminum foil
  • Glue

Lesson Plan:

After reading the book and discussing it, we make rainbow fish with watercolors. I have the students watercolor the whole large paper in any way that they want. After the paper is dry, we cut out a fish pattern and glue a small aluminum foil scale on it. I keep the scraps of watercolor paper for the writing center.

Rainbow Fish is the most beautiful fish in the ocean. He thinks he is very special because of his sparkling scales, and refuses to share his scales with the other fish. His friends become upset when he doesn’t share and begin to ignore him. Rainbow Fish is very lonely until he seeks advice from a wise octopus and discovers that he is much happier when he shares his beautiful scales with his friends.



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