You can see all the materials at a glance in our photo. For this project, we’ve used the edding 14 Funtastics fibre pens for children in a variety of bright colours. To make the fish heads and the little fins, we’ve got a template sheet that you can print out.
Cut out the shapes and place your templates on the white paper. Draw round the templates in pencil again and again until you have enough fish to fill your aquarium. Remember that each fish needs several fins.
Next, cut out all the heads and fins.
We’re using coloured paper for the three-dimensional bodies, so make sure it isn’t too thick to fold. Cut out pieces of paper for the body. The ends need to be the same width as the head, but they can be as long as you want. Now fold the pieces of paper into concertinas.
Here comes the fun part – the colouring! Using the edding 14 Funtastics, colour in the fish heads and octopuses to your heart's content. Use black to draw big wide eyes and red for the cheeks. You can also add a cute mouth, striped or dotted – it’s up to you how much imagination you use. You can also jazz up the fins with bright patterns.
Glue a concertina firmly to the back of each head, then glue on the fins the same way.
Naturally, the aquarium (or rather, light-blue paper!) also needs to be suitably decorated. After all, your fish need plants, corals and lots of other things to help them feel at home. To complete the image, add streams of bubbles in blue – again, Funtastics are just the right sort of fibre pen for this.
Finally, stick the fish onto the background. First, position the head and then form a gentle curve with the body or pull it to make it a little longer. Stick down the tail fins – and you’ve now created an amusing aquatic scene. Any gaps in the aquarium can, of course, be filled in with more drawings or by attaching more fish.
Products and materials
- Several sheets of coloured paper
- Glue stick
- Thick white paper
- Light-blue paper for the aquarium itself, approx. A3 size
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