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1. Cut out two small circles and one large circle out of the black paper that will fit inside the white circle pieces.
1. Cut out two small circles and one large circle out of the black paper that will fit inside the white circle pieces.
2. Cut out two small circles and one large circle out of the white paper for the eyes and mouth.
2. Cut out two small circles and one large circle out of the white paper for the eyes and mouth.
3. Glue the black circles to the corresponding white circles to make the eyes and the mouth.
3. Glue the black circles to the corresponding white circles to make the eyes and the mouth.
4 & 5. Pour a blob of paint onto the paper plate. Dip the fork into the paint and spread on the green construction paper in a rough, ball shape. The spike pattern from the fork should be visible to make the puffer fish spikes.
4 & 5. Pour a blob of paint onto the paper plate. Dip the fork into the paint and spread on the green construction paper in a rough, ball shape. The spike pattern from the fork should be visible to make the puffer fish spikes.
6. Paint the fins on the sides of the puffer fish’s body with the fork.
6. Paint the fins on the sides of the puffer fish’s body with the fork.
7. If the paint is still wet, you can place the mouth and eye circles directly onto the puffer fish’s body. Otherwise, stick them down with glue.
7. If the paint is still wet, you can place the mouth and eye circles directly onto the puffer fish’s body. Otherwise, stick them down with glue.

Fork-Painted Puffer Fish

With just a fork and some paint, this adorable little guy is incredibly easy to make with your preschooler. Materials: Construction paper – green, white and black Poster or acrylic paint (we used yellow to stand out on the green…

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Pompom Clams – A Color-Matching Game

Practice color matching and fine motor skills with this underwater-themed game that you can make yourself! Materials: A paper plate Colored pompoms Colored paper to match the pompom colors Glue Scissors A black Sharpie To Make the Game: Cut strips…

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What Colors Mean in Chinese Culture

Colors are everywhere. They’re our brain’s way of sorting out the light reflected off every object and surface. We associate different colors with different meanings and ideas, and use colors to stir emotional reaction. Chinese culture and tradition use colors…

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Handprint Craft: Octopus and Crab

Feeling crabby?  Need a new octopus to play with? Looking for a new handprint craft to try?  Break out the red paint and try this fun ocean friends preschool color craft.