Fishy Fun on Friday

We decided to have some fun with a “fish day”, so I took the girls to the local fish hatchery to learn all about the life cycle of trout. For just $1, you can buy a bag of fish food. Emily loved feeding the fish…. and ducks! Both of the girls had a great time!

Emily was loving this modern fish sculpture.
When we returned home (and scrubbed our hands with lots of lemon to get the fish smell off), we did a fun fish craft project! First, we covered a piece of cardboard with aluminum foil.
Then, Emily tore a bunch of blue, white, purple, and teal tissue paper into thin strips.
She glued them onto the aluminum foil, so the strips were overlapping a bit. She let some of the foil peak through.
Then, we used leaves from our backyard to make fish!

Adding googly eyes to the fish made them look so silly!

We really enjoyed our fun “fish” day!


  1. Dear Valerie,

    Is there a closet full of googly eyes that I do not know about? I found some stuck to the TV the other day. It was frightening.

    Love Mark

  2. what a FUN project! I would have never thought to use leaves! you are so creative!

  3. Thanks for participating in Fall Family Fridays! I love this idea! We even have a local fish hatchery near us! Love the leaf idea to make fish!! Very fun! You have such creative ideas!!

  4. Love this.

  5. EntertainingMom says

    love this!!!!

  6. Laptops to Lullabies says

    Just stumbled upon your blog today and couldn't stop reading it! I even a post inspired by your budget-friendly "raising Baby green" tips:

  7. The girl who painted trees says

    I love your idea and might try this with Bear. I will link you if I do. 🙂

  8. I love the fish project. So cute and I would never have thought of using leaves.

  9. Infant Bibliophile says

    Fun! I just left an award for you on our blog…

  10. I'm so making this and putting in my bathroom. We have a huge fish tank and love fishing. This is great. Even the BF was like wow.

  11. shraddha/april@theselfloveproject says

    i tried few ideas of your with my girls they love it!!!

    thanks thank thanks

  12. Love the fishies. You have to help me find an idea with penguins. Tarek is nuts about them.

  13. What a fantastic day and a super accecable art projecy too. I will have to give that a go with the minimads, but will need to get some more tissue paper first.

  14. Love the leaf fish. Such a great idea. You always have the best ones.

  15. You have the prettiest little girl! And so artistic! 🙂

  16. School for Us says

    Very cute!!

  17. That is so cool. You should put that in a frame! It'd make a very nice art piece. In the bathroom… kitchen… kid's room. Very nice.

    How do you come up with these ideas? Do you decide in advance a theme for the day?

    Mark gave me a good laugh with the eyes stuck to the TV.

  18. Great project! We went to a fish hatchery in upstate NY this summer and my children had a lot of fun feeding the fish.

  19. That is so darn cute, I wonder what other fun things she could make out of leaves!

  20. Preschool Playbook says

    These are really adorable. I love how you created the water, and using the leaves for fish!


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