- card stock for bowl
- cardboard for fish
- numbers (or marker to write the number)
2. Trace the fish on cardboard. I made 5 fish for each child and then a couple extra. (When working with kids things seem to disappear or tear and it's much easier to make a couple extra when your making all of them than to have to go back and make the part that's missing.)
3. Cut out the fish and attach soft, furry Velcro on the back of each fish. (Yep that's the secret! Children can remove the fish)
4. Draw a fishbowl and cut it out. The stronger the paper the better! If you have extra cardboard that would be best. (Or if you can laminate it that would work great too, but do step 5 first).
5. Have your child paint the bowl blue, coloring, or markers would work fine. I knew for best coverage for my children paint is the easiest.
6. Put numbers on the fish. You can do it or have them do it. My children loved doing it and they were saying the numbers as they were putting it on. It was great number practice.
7. Let the bowl dry for several hours, overnight would be the best. (I didn't and we had one wounded).
8. Place the rough Velcro circles on the bowl once it is dry.
9. Have children place the fish on the Velcro and show them how you can remove them. Sing the counting song posted below. I used the children's fish and put them in a pile and counted with them while singing the song. They loved it! Be prepared to do the song over, and over, and over again.
For snack, we had goldfish crackers. While they were eating, I was singing the song and would take one of their crackers away. They just laughed and laughed.
Sidenote: C's bowl has an extra velcro on it because after we were finished she saw the extra fish that I made and wanted to put the number 8 on there. I went ahead and let her. She can count to 10 easily so is not confused by seeing 1-5 and then 8.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 I caught a fish alive
6, 7, 8, 9,10 I let it go again
Why did you let it go?
Because it bit me so. ( I add a sound effect "ouch!" Kids loved it.)
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