Little Fish Shaker

Little Fish Shaker

Make a maraca inspired by the Little Fish in the Bubble Guppies episodes. All you need is a water bottle ready for recycling, a few supplies like colorful beads and paint, and your preschooler's imagination--and, groovy moves, of course.

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Little Fish Shaker

Craft Features

Allow for Dry Time
You'll need to allow extra time for glue or paint to dry.
More for Parents
This craft is best suited for parents to make on their own or with minimal help from kids.

Developmental Skills

Create with Us
Create with us skills involve self-expression, experimentation, and imagination through visual arts (like painting and sculpting), dramatic play, cooking, and dance.
Make Music with Us
Music skills include: singing or playing instruments, dancing and moving, appreciating different styles of music, and understanding concepts like rhythm and dynamics.
MOVE with us
Move with us skills include: gross motor (like running and dancing), fine motor (like tracing and cutting), healthy habits, and safety awareness.
Ages: 4-6

Materials

  • Little Fish Shaker Template
  • Safety scissors
  • Empty, small water bottle
  • Orange craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Orange beads (we used pony beads)
  • Orange foamie sheet or construction paper
  • Black felt or construction paper
  • Clear-drying glue

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Print the Little Fish Shaker Template and cut out the pieces.

  2. Step 2

    Remove the lid of the water bottle and paint it orange. Set aside to dry.<br><br> Fill the bottle with orange beads, but be sure not to fill the bottle all the way. You will need to leave a little room for the beads to move when rattled.<br><br> Replace the lid on the bottle.

  3. Step 3

    Trace the template pieces onto the orange foamie sheet or construction paper, and the eyes onto the black felt or construction paper, and then cut out the pieces.<br><br> Using the photo as a guide, glue the pieces onto the water bottle.<br><br> For the tail piece, snip along the indicated line; fold the tail above and below the tail piece and glue it to the bottom of the bottle. Let dry.

Tip: We made our shaker to resemble the Little Fish. But you and your preschooler can come up with other ideas. Here are some tips: try googly eyes for a little more personality. Make a rainbow fish, using different colored beads, buttons, or candies. Have kids decorate their fish shaker with rhinestones, feathers, and other small decorations.
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