Potato Masher Fish Craft

You may have noticed we’ve been creating a large mural of tropical fish as we learn about fish. So far we’ve shared the marbled  fish craft and the fork painted fish craft that we made for our mural. Today we’re sharing one more way we used process art to create our own unique tropical fish.

Potato Masher Fish Craft and Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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For this craft we gathered our tempera paint, white card stock, and potato mashers. You can decide how many paint colors to provide. I chose to give each child two colors.

Painting with a Potato Masher

They loved watching to see what designs the paint would make on the paper. Tinker was thrilled to see bubbles popping up through the holes in the potato masher.

Toddler Painting without a Paintbrush

She was also fascinated by watching the colors slowly mix together.

Color mixing and paint bubbles

In between painting, Lovey liked to watch the paint slowly slide off of the potato masher.

Dripping paint

Once the paint was dry we cut out some basic fish shapes and added the new creations to our mural.

Potato Mash Fish1


Potato Mash Fish Craft 2


Potato Mash Fish 3

To extend the learning even more, you could have preschoolers tell a story about their special fish.

Older kids could write a story and create background pages to show the setting of the story. Then use their fish to “swim” through the scenes as they retell the story.

The Amazon widget below includes some of the books we’ve been reading.

Visit our ocean theme Pinterest Board for more fish activities and ideas for learning about ocean animals.

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This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:

1) 1-15 Fish and Fish Bowl Counting Mats
2) Uppercase Letter Fish Cards
3) Lowercase Letter Bubble Cards
4) 0-31 Fish Number Cards
5) Fish Patterning and Sorting Cards
6) Fish Roll and Graph Math Game
7) Word Segmenting Fish
8) Shape Fish
9) Fish Word Building Mats
10) Fish Size Ordering and Sorting Cards

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  1. OH I absolutely LOVE this!!! We just finished our Letter Ff learning week, so I’ll have to save the activity for the next letter craft time!!! EXCELLENT Idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love the texture that the potato masher creates! What fun! Thanks for sharing at the After School Linky Party!

  3. These are so creative! Love the colors – thanks for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop!

  4. So fun, so easy, so beautiful! Love these colorful fish. I see some of our favorite fish books in your selections!

  5. Fantastic idea. I love it when you get to use equipment from around the house.

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