Using a picture book to inspire learning in many skill areas can be a lot of fun, and it helps kids develop a deeper understanding of the book itself. The Rainbow Fish (affiliate link) by Marcus Pfister is a terrific book to use for an ocean, fish, summer, or friendship theme. We read this book over and over again, but we recently did a play dough counting activity inspired by the book. I thought I’d gather a collection of ideas so you could easily plan your own book study at home or in the classroom. There are some gorgeous and clever ideas, so read on!
The Rainbow Fish Activities
Practice the letters of the alphabet with this letter matching activity from I Can Teach My Child.
Exercise those fine motor muscles while working on counting and letter recognition with this play dough activity.
Create your own sparkly school of rainbow fish with this sensory bin from Mom Inspired Life.
Get out the paints and make your own paper plate rainbow fish from I Heart Arts n Crafts.
Continue with more art and create a mural with this coffee filter rainbow fish from Crafty Morning.
Make some salt dough fish with directions from Artsy Momma. Use them to retell the story or create your own rainbow fish story.
Turn an art project into a motivation for writing with these beautiful note cards from Growing Book by Book.
Learn how to make a fish puppet from Living Well Spending Less.
If you’d like to continue on with a fish theme, check out these fish theme activities.