Rainbow Fish Craft

In celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8th, we put together this fun and colorful rainbow fish craft. Try it with your family or in the classroom – all you’ll need are some simple household materials.

Use this activity as an opportunity to get creative with colors, talk about the importance of our oceans and learn about some of the different ocean life!


All the materials you need are below. Most everything can be found around the house or at your local store. Get creative, improvise and let us know what works for you!

Rainbow Fish Craft materials

  • Paint (rainbow colors!)
  • Cotton balls
  • Clothespins
  • Paper plate
  • Black sharpie

Step 1 – Draw:

Rainbow Fish Craft step 1

Draw your fish! We went with the classic goldfish.

Step 2 – Paint:

Rainbow Fish Craft step 2

Rainbow Fish Craft step 3

Set up sections of your rainbow paint onto your paper plate. Then, for each color, attach a cotton ball to a clothespin and dip.

Rainbow Fish Craft final

Press and lift your clothespins to create side-by-side circles to mimic the fish’s (rainbow!) scales.

Share With Us!

We hope you enjoyed this craft! Try your own color and fish variations – we’d love to see what your family comes up with. Share your creations with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #mothergooseclub!

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