Painted Rock Fish Craft for Kids

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Searching for a craft that combines the beauty of nature with imaginative artistry? Have you tried turning simple stones into a colourful painted rock fish craft?! Here we’re diving into the colorful world of painted rock fish. Join us as we explore a delightful craft that turns ordinary rocks into charming aquatic creatures, perfect for unleashing your child’s creativity.


Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Large, smooth rocks for the fish body
  • Small rocks for the fish tail
  • Acrylic paints or paint markers in a variety of colors
  • Paintbrushes (if using acrylic paints)
  • Water and a palette for mixing colors (if using acrylic paints)
  • Craft glue or strong adhesive
  • Protective work surface (newspaper or plastic tablecloth)
  • Optional: googly eyes, markers, glitter, seashells

Step-by-Step Guide To Making A Painted Rock Fish Craft

1. Rock Selection: Begin by collecting smooth, clean rocks from your surroundings. Look for large rocks that can serve as the fish body and smaller ones for the tail. You might find these in your garden, at the beach, or in a park.

2. Clean and Prep: Wash and dry the rocks thoroughly to ensure they’re free from dirt and debris. This will help the paint adhere better.

3. Painting Time: Let your child’s creativity flourish as they paint vibrant patterns, scales, and designs on the fish body rock. They can use acrylic paints and paintbrushes or opt for the convenience of paint markers for intricate detailing. The easiest way to create scales is to paint the head of the fish one colour and the body a different colour. Set it aside to dry. Once dry you can use a q-tip to create dots for scales.

5. Tail Creation: Paint the small rock chosen for the tail in coordinating colors or contrasting shades, based on the fish’s overall design. This will give the tail its own unique character.

6. Attaching the Tail: Once the paint is dry, use craft glue or a strong adhesive to attach the small rock tail to the larger fish body. Hold it in place for a few moments until the glue sets.

7. Decorative Touches: If desired, your child can add eyes using white and black, draw expressive facial features with paint markers, or enhance the fish’s appearance with glitter or seashell accents.

8. Finishing Flourish: Allow the glue and any additional decorations to dry completely. Your rock fish is now ready to make a splash!

Tips for Success:

  • Supervision: Ensure adult supervision, especially when using adhesives or small decorative elements to prevent accidents.
  • Safety: Use non-toxic, child-safe paints, markers, and adhesives for the craft.
  • Variety: Encourage your child to explore different color combinations and patterns for their fish creations. Each rock fish can be uniquely designed.
  • Imagination: Let your child’s imagination take the lead. They can create all kinds of fish species with distinctive markings and tails.
  • Display: Showcase your child’s painted rock fish craft on a windowsill, shelf, or even in a garden. It’s a great way to add a touch of artistic charm to your surroundings.

Creating painted rock fish is a fantastic way to combine nature, art, and creativity. This engaging craft activity allows kids to transform ordinary rocks into adorable underwater inhabitants that they can proudly display. So gather your rocks, paints, and adhesive, and prepare to embark on a journey of crafting and imagination!

Age Suitability

This activity is good for toddlers aged children 3 years old and up with adult assistance.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is medium.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

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Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

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Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

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Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles tha. t show them how to think outside the box.

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Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

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TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 airs in the summer of 2023! We were also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Curious Crafting is also now airing in Australia on ABC! Watch it here!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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