To celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday we made this easy fish after reading the story “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish”. Dr. Seuss books are a wonderful way to introduce rhyming words to young children. This book is quite long for some pre k students (63 pages), but the children enjoyed the vibrant illustrations, interesting characters, and pointing out the different rhyming words in the story!
1. Fish pattern preschool-fish-pattern
2. Construction paper
5. Googly eyes, pom-poms, and collage materials (foam shapes, sequins, tissue paper squares)
To begin the children traced a cardboard fish pattern onto construction paper and cut it out. They were given the opportunity to choose which size googly eye they wanted- big, medium, small. Providing a size choice embedded math skills into this art activity. The children also used markers to draw additional details on their fish. We added a pom- pom to the tail and decorated with different collage materials. The children enjoyed this craft, were able to independently complete the activity, and make creative choices!
Vocabulary: Dr. Seuss, author, illustrator, rhyming words, big, medium, small, trace
Benefits of activity: fine motor skill practice, creative expression, story retelling, rhyming words, size comparison, community helper discussion (author and illustrator)