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August 25, 2011

"Hooray For Fish" Mural

We created this fun mural the other day after reading the book "Hooray for Fish" by Lucy Cousins.

Ok, actually we've read the book a billion times the last several weeks. Love this book! It's a story about going along with Little Fish on a mesmerizing underwater tour of friends spotty and stripy, happy and gripy, hairy and scary, even curly whirly and twisty twirly. We like to take a pause after reading each page and decide which fish was our favorite on the page.

It is fun because the author made imaginary fish reminiscent of things like a butterfly, a leaf, a heart, a star, and a peacock (all pictured below). It's pretty fun letting the kids spot all the fish like that throughout the story.

To make our mural we started by cutting a piece of poster board in half. We wanted to add lots of fish so I chose to use a bigger piece of paper instead of a regular 8.5 x 11.

I've had bubble wrap stored away for months now for this project. We brushed some blue paint onto the bubble wrap.

Then pressed it onto our paper and carefully lifted it off.

After we done filling the entire paper, we had created our water background. This was a lot less time consuming than painting the entire paper blue, and a lot more fun!

Then I had Luke tell me which fish were his favorite in the story and I drew all of them with pencil onto white card stock paper, then outlined them with a permanent black marker. The story has the fish outlined in black so that's why we did it that way. I am not an artist by any means, so I just tried my best to copy the fish. Luke used markers to color the fish like in the story (I did help with some since this was such a time consuming project) and then we cut all the fish out. There were places of the black lines where Luke cut off, so I went back over the edges with a black marker after he was done cutting.

We then glued down some strips of green tissue paper as seaweed onto our water background and glued down all our fish to finish the mural.

Meet some of our fish:

Little Fish (the main character)

Fat fish

Peacock Fish

Scary Fish (Shark) Luke's favorite!

Mean Fish

Pineapple and Strawberry fish. We laugh about strawberry fish looking all frightened because Mr. Shark is looking hungry and he knows how good strawberries taste.

Heart Fish (You can see how the fish's fin & eye got a little mangled during cutting. That's why I simply outlined it with black marker again)

Fly fish

3 Fish

Star Fish

I really recommend this story! We just renewed it this week after having it for 3 weeks because my boys love reading it every night. I'm thinking it is pretty worthy of paying the money to purchase it.

This project took us the entire morning but Luke loved every minute of it (and so did I). So much more fun that doing the housework!!

Happy Crafting!!


Amanda said... Best Blogger Tips

So creative! I think I get all my book ideas from you now. I'm off to my online library catalog to reserve another one. :)

Jackie said... Best Blogger Tips

This is just awesome. What a great idea for a book art project. Thanks for sharing.

Brooke @ Let Kids Create said... Best Blogger Tips

That turned out great! I love the use of bubble wrap.

Bec@littlelucylu said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE the bubble wrap ocean!!!
I used painted bubble wrap to roll Easter Eggs on this past year ... but I wouldn't have thought to use it for an ocean! Brilliant! Totally doing that with my kinder kids when we study the ocean!!! :-)
As always, THANKS!
~Bec :-)

Rhiannon said... Best Blogger Tips

I love all your ideas! You have so much imagination! I just awarded you the 'versatile blogger' award
Thanks for the inspiration.

LeighAnn said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey! That's a fun idea! Always looking for new painting ideas! Thanks!

Lori said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so awesome! I love it!

Kelly said... Best Blogger Tips

I love all your ideas. I have done several with my daughter. I have awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award. I see that Rhiannon did too!

Shauna said... Best Blogger Tips

I am loving all of your craft ideas. I want to make them too :0). My girls and I love making art projects at my house and I have just as much fun as they do. Another cute idea!
Take care,

Big D and Me said... Best Blogger Tips

So adorable! I love the bubble wrap painting - we've got to try that!

maggy, red ted art said... Best Blogger Tips

We LOVE LOVE LOVE Hooray for Fish. It is such a cute book. And your craft is just so perfect! Love the bubble wrap (perfect for water) and all the characters from the book... wonderful :-)

Thank you for joining Kids Get Crafty! :-)


Dianne said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the bubble wrap idea! The ocean mural turned out so cute! And it definitely looks like more fun than housework.

SnoopyGirl said... Best Blogger Tips

Can I just say that the painting bubble wrap idea rocks?!! I will have to try that with my kids this year. I am sure it will coordinate with at least one of our Five in A Row stories. Thanks so much for sharing your mural. It is amazing!

P.S. Am now following your blog!

Hannah Sommerville said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks so fantastic! love the bright colours :) i'm off to see more of your wonderful blog.

JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. This is sooo cute! I love the bubbles.

Lori @ Beneath the Rowan Tree said... Best Blogger Tips

Just brilliant!
I am featuring this craft on this week's Playdate at Beneath the Rowan Tree, so pop over and snag yourself a 'featured' buttona nd share some more :)


Nicolette said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the bubble painting idea, so creative. I pinned it!

Esther said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the fish mural! Such beautiful colors and the bubbly background.

Aimee from Classified: Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE this idea and am going to feature you this week at The Sunday Showcase! Thanks for linking up!

totschooltotallyawesome said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Rachel,
I did this project with some minor changes ( to make it easier for my tot) and blogged about it.

I have linked up to this post of yours from mine (if you do not want that, please let me know) and used your blog-button in my post.

I hope you do not have an issue with it.
Thank you! We had lot of fun doing this art-work.
Here is my post -