Create the background first. Cut some wave combs from plastic milk bottles ( cut them open and use the plastic). Using thick blue paint – ready mixed, powder or finger paint are all effective but adding some glue to thicken powder paints and help adhere the fish is necessary. The children spread the paint over a large sheet of paper using a thick brush or their hands. Once the page is covered they use the combs and drag them through the paint creating wave patterns. The children continue until they are happy with their background.
Then add the fish. NOTE: If you want to draw patterns on the fish it is best done before the fish are pasted to the background.
I cut a variety of oval and triangle shaped pieces of coloured paper or lightweight cardboard. The children create fish from oval and triangle paper shapes which the children select and arrange on the wet wave background. As you can see from the many different end products some children added one fish, while others filled their page with fish. Since this activity was done with a mixed age range of children (31/2 to 5 year old) some of the fish were not as well constructed as they could be, but this shows you how the activity can work with the different age ranges. Note that I have not corrected the fish as this is a valuable assessment tool.
When I work solely with the younger children I cut the fish shapes with the tail as one shape. For Grade R children they can be encouraged to cut their own fish shapes and decorate them with writing patterns before they paste them to the wave background.
If you are using finger paint have a bucket of water and a towel close by
If you are working with a younger age group do not place scissors on the table. All your shapes will be cut into little pieces
The activity can be extended for the older learner by adding a sand base and crinkle paper seaweed
Dry the art works on a flat surface
Life Skills Study area: Creative arts
Create in 2D
• Drawing and painting using the week’s topic
• Painting: use pre-mixed tempera paint or coloured inks or dyes in primary and secondary colours to respond to the week’s topic
Create in 3D (constructing)
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.
Integration: Subject: Home language Skill: Handwriting
• Uses a range of writing tools e.g. paint brushes, wax crayons etc.
• Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. drawing and painting