These are the latest additions to our classroom - cute folding fish swimming merrily through the seaweed hanging above our home corner.
We used crayon and dye wax resist to make these happy fish.
First put the fish on a textured surface (you can get a copy from here), then use the side of a wax crayon to rub over the paper. We used the concrete just outside our classroom to create scales for our fish.
Carefully cut out the fish. When I teach children to use scissors I talk about a helping hand to hold the paper and a scissor hand to use the scissors. The helping hand moves the paper around as the scissors cut. It is important the the thumb stays in the top hole of the scissors and the next 1 or 2 fingers go in the bottom hole. You can also get left handed scissors for children who are left handed.
Use a brightly coloured dye to paint over the fish and create the wax resist.
Once the fish is dry you can glue it to coloured paper and fold it together using the small slits by the tail.
We have also been reading this poem 'Once I Caught a Fish Alive.'