Rainbow Fish Theme Sensory Fishing Activity and Craft for Preschoolers

Make a Rainbow Fish to the Rescue Sensory Pretend Play Fishing Activity for Preschoolers and Toddlers

Looking for fun, fishing activities? These aquarium crafts (fish in a bag) and make believe hoola hoop fishing ponds are perfect activities to try after reading one of the Rainbow Fish stories.

Rainbow Fish is a fun story about a school of sparkly scale fish who won't allow a little fish without the sparkle to play, similar to the story of Rudolph and the Reindeer Games. This is a great story to teach about inclusion and kindness. What theme for preschool could be more fun than Rainbow Fish?

Rainbow Fish Aquarium with Ziploc Bag craft for kids

Sharpies and Ziploc Baggie for Aquarium craft project for kids.

To Make Baggie Aquarium, You will need: 

Ziploc Baggies
Sharpie Markers
Blue Hair Gel
Blue Shampoo

Fill the aquarium with foam fish or make a dino terrarium.

Fill the aquarium with foam fish or make a dino terrarium.

Color an underwater scene on the bag. As an alternative, you can cut out fishy shapes and insert them to slosh around in the goo. Fill bag with about 1/4 C. of gel for a sparkly, ocean effect. For bubbles add a small squirt of shampoo. (Little ones loved squishing and watching the bubbles appear.) Tightly zip bag and tape to window or mirror. Squish away your stress!

Ziploc Baggie Aquarium for Rainbow Fish Play

Gel is sparkly, add a little blue shampoo for fishy bubbles.

Kids Pretend Fishing Game Activity for Preschoolers and Toddlers for Rainbow Fish Theme

Creative Play Element Fishing Activity: Pretend a Hoola-hoop is a fish pond.

Companion Games and Activities for Rainbow Fish:

Rainbow Fish to the Rescue is a perfect story compliment.
Then using a sparkly piece of foam, I cut out a scale and taped 
it to "its" shirt for Tag.

It took the little one a few minutes to catch on to the game of
tag. (Some didn't want anything to do with the scale.) But it is
so much fun watching as they learn the game and start running
after each other.

Tip:  Miss Lora preferred the gel to the shampoo. It is thicker
and looks more like real ocean water but the little ones loved
the bubbles. 

Moral:  It's not about making the perfect craft, it is 
all about the process and the fun of experimenting!

We like to add a creative play element.

  • Hoola-hoop Pond
  • Pool Noodle Fish (Cut-up)
  • Pail for the Catch
  • Squiggly Pole to pretend 

Make Believe Fishing Activity for Kids

Cut a scale from sparkly foam and tape to shirts.

Best Rainbow Fish Ever

I adore this beautiful clay and sequin rainbow fish craft activity from Sun Hats and Wellie Boots.

sequin rainbow fish crafty activity clay from sun hats and wellie boots

Sequin and Clay Rainbow Fish Craft Activity.

Recommended Reading:

Rainbow Fish to the Rescue*

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Lora is a homeschooling mom, writer, creator of Kids Creative Chaos, and Director of the Play Connection.