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Making a Paper Fish

This cute little paper fish project is perfect for working on with your children or for keeping older kids busy. This is a guide about making a paper fish.


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August 4, 2016

A great project for home, camp, Scouts, and babysitting. The fish has a spine that bends. You can make a whole school of them!

Total Time: If you help a child, it will take about a half hour. If you have a group of children who need help, it will take a bit longer.

Yield: 1 fish

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  • one piece of construction paper in main color
  • one piece of construction paper in a different color
  • white paper for the eyes
  • scissors
  • glue or tape
  • marker


  1. Using the main piece of construction paper, fold the edge to make a square.
  2. Cut off the excess.
  3. Open the square. Fold the sides in, meeting the center crease.
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  5. Open the square and fold it in half.
  6. Make 1/4 inch cuts in the paper, starting about an inch from the end. Make sure you cut up to the crease.
  7. Keep cutting until you get to about an inch from the other edge. In the picture my finger points to where to stop.
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  9. Open the paper. Put tape or glue on one side.
  10. Bring the other side over it to fasten.
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  12. Cut off the point on top and round it out to make the fish head.
  13. Using the scrap of the main color, cut out the mouth of the fish.
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  15. Put glue on the edge and fasten it to the body.
  16. Use the contrasting color to cut out the fins and the tail.
  17. Decorate the fins and tail with the marker.
  18. Use the white paper for the eyes. I used a measuring spoon to get a good circle.
  19. Use the marker to draw the eyes.
  20. Tape or glue the eyes.
  21. Tape or glue the fins.
  22. Tape or glue the tail.
  23. Have fun with it!
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August 5, 20160 found this helpful

Super cool, thanks for sharing!

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August 5, 20160 found this helpful

Thanks! I hope everyone who knows a child tries it.

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