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Sea Animals & the Ocean

Fun, creative activities for kids, including kids craft ideas to keep them amused for hours!

Cardboard Roll Fish

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Create fanciful and exotic fish with just a cardboard roll and crepe paper! Can’t you just imagine those beautiful tails gracefully drifting through the ocean?

  • Step 1Cut a square of crepe paper approximately 30cm x 30cm in desired colour. Place cardboard roll on one end of the square leaving about 4cm from the outside edges.
  • Step 2Roll the cardboard roll up in the crepe paper and secure with a piece of tape. Fold the shorter excess crepe paper into the cardboard roll.
  • Step 3Cut strips in the longer excess crepe to create a tail.
  • Leave strips uncut at one end to make it easier to attach them to the fish.
  • Step 5Cut out an orange piece of crepe paper 20cm x 10cm and cut three or four strips into it.
  • Step 6Push the orange tail strips into the middle of the fish tail and attach by tying a piece of yarn around both tail pieces as close to the cardboard roll as possible.
  • Step 7Wrap and tape a small piece of the orange crepe paper around the head of your fish and attach wiggle eyes with glue.
  • These cardboard roll fish can be decorated in a number of ways. Use the steps above as a decorative guide and mix up the techniques to create a unique fish breed of your own!
  • Step 9Cut out two fins from coloured card and poke them under the orange crepe paper strip around the head. Attach with tape if needed.

Materials used in this activity

CleverPatch Junior PVA Glue
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Student Scissors
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Crepe Paper - Assorted
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CleverPatch Cover Paper Assorted - A4
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