Children of all ages will have a blast playing the Rainbow Fish Marble Game. Not only will they have fun playing the game, but they will enjoy creating the craft and reading the story of The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. After creating the game from a plastic container, cardstock, and marbles, children will move the marble "scales" around to try and get them onto the different fish, just as the Rainbow Fish gave his scales to the other fish in the story. A perfect reminder for sharing what we have!

What you'll need:

  • Clean, plastic container with lid
  • Markers or crayons
  • 1 blue piece of cardstock
  • 1 piece of cardboard
  • 1 white piece of cardstock
  • Rainbow Fish Marble Game Craft template
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Extra long hole punch or dowel with a sharp end
  • 8 pretty marbles or beads
How to make your rainbow fish craft:
  • Print out the Rainbow Fish Marble Game Craft template onto the white cardstock. Color the fish with markers or crayons. Cut out the fish. (see photos)
  • Trace the outline of the plastic container onto the blue cardstock and the piece of cardboard. Cut out the two shapes. (see photos)
  • Glue the Rainbow Fish to the center of the blue cardstock. Glue the other fish to the blue cardstock, surrounding the Rainbow Fish. Allow the glue to dry. If desired, decorate the blue cardstock to look like an ocean. (see photos)
  • Punch eight holes in the Rainbow Fish where his beautiful scales would be. Punch one hole in each of the other seven fish where their scales would be. If your hole punch does not reach the center of the cardstock, simply glue the cardstock to the cardboard and use a dowel with a sharp point to poke holes instead. (see photos)
  • If you have not already, glue the blue cardstock to the piece of cardboard. Allow the glue to dry. (see photos)
  • Then, glue the cardboard piece to the inside of the plastic container. Allow the glue to dry. (see photos)
  • Place the eight shiny marbles into the container and place the lid on top. Decorate the lid, if desired. (see photos)
  • Play the Rainbow Fish Marble Game by placing all eight marbles onto the Rainbow Fish. Then, move the plastic container around to distribute one marble "scale" to each of the seven other fish (the other marble can stay on the Rainbow Fish, just as he kept one scale in the story). Can you do it? Practice until you can!
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