Make your own Moving Fish for Chinese New Year

Celebrate the year of the rooster this year by making a fish. Yes I said fish, a fish that moves. Not a real fish, a fish made from paper.

There are many outdoor celebrations to join in on in Central London this weekend, including parades and dragon dancing. The festivities will start on the 28th January. If you can’t get up there why not join in on the festivities in the comfort of your own home and do some crafts with the children.

We found a cute little paper craft on youtube.

You will need:

  • Coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Marker pen/ felt tips

Method:

  • You will need a square piece of paper. If using an A4 piece of paper, fold over from the corner and cut off the access.

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  • Open up and fold the corners into the central line, like making an aeroplane

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  • Open up again and then fold on the central line.

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  • Make the fish head by cutting a curve from the folded line to the second fold line
  • Using the scissors, snip up to the fold line, starting from the narrow end and working your way along. Cut each snip about 0.5cm away from each other. Do not snip over the fold line. Leave a gap at the end as this is the head of the fish. We cut about 3/4 of the way across

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  • Now glue the side together to form a prism shape. Place glue on one side and fold over to the other side

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  • Now using another colour paper, cut out two fins and a tale. You can do them any shape you want. Once cut out, draw some lines on them or colour some scales and then stick them on to the fish’s’ body

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  • Using the same colour of the fish body, cut out the bottom of the mouth, glue it to the bottom

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  • Draw on some eyes or you could use googly eyes for a better effect

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Hold the tale and move your fish about.

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This activity is quick and fun. It helps the children with their fine motor skills, snipping the paper and folding the lines.

The whole craft took about 10 minutes. Grab the colouring pencils and put a design on your fish before you cut it up.

Thank you for reading. Hope you enjoy the activity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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