“A Fish Out of Water” and Craft

In “A Fish Out of Water” by Helen Palmer a young boy hilariously learns the consequences of not following instructions when he feeds too much to his goldfish. Overfeeding the goldfish causes it to grow as big as a whale.

With delightfully retro illustrations by P.D. Eastman this book shows that getting a pet is a big responsibility.

A Fish Out of Water” is perfect for beginning readers and anyone getting a pet, especially a fish. It makes an ideal gift for birthdays, holidays, and happy occasions of all kinds.

Use a paper plate and colorful tissue paper to have the kids make their own gold fish after reading the book.

You can purchase the book and supplies needed for this project by tapping the links above or by visiting my storefront.

You Will Need:

Large Paper Plate – one per goldfish craft

Orange Tissue Paper

Orange Cardstock Paper

White Cardstock Paper

White Glue



Black Sharpie Marker

What to Do:

1. Allow the children to cut orange tissue paper into small squares.

2. Spread glue all over a paper plate.

3. Have children place the tissue paper on top of the glue, until the paper plate is completely covered.

4. Cut out the fish eyes, mouth, and fins from the cardstock. See photo above and the book for reference.

5. Staple or glue the cardstock pieces to the paper plate.

6. We used a black marker to draw the eyebrow and middle of the eye.

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