Crafts & DIY

Paper Plate Fish (and Why We Don’t Do Crafts)

We REALLY don’t do crafts.  Most of what you see me post on our blog is recipes.  Robyn does most of the crafts on the blog.   Her and her boys are so good at it!  I get so jealous sometimes when I see other moms post the cool things they make with their kiddos.  My son is very technical.  When he was little, he would take cords and strings and manipulate them throughout the house, connecting all of his toys together, driving me insane trying to untangle everything.  In my blog post about visiting Pittsburgh, I mentioned how we spent over an hour at a station at the museum where he could create electrical circuits.  From the time he was a baby he was always fascinated with lights, ceiling fans, cords, lamps, etc.  We’d have to constantly watch him around cords, because he always wanted to unplug and plug them in.  He constantly asks questions about the power lines and computers, and all kinds of things technical.  We swear we have a little engineer on our hands!

I am trying my best to sprout his creative side.   We recently got rid of his old changing table dresser in his room and put in some new drawers and a desk from Ikea.  He thinks he is super special now with his new big boy furniture!  I also stocked his desk full of new watercolor paints, pencils, crayons, glue, etc. in hopes he gets excited and uses them!  I had so many ideas with some easy kid crafts using paper plates, and wanted to try out making fish first!

Well, just getting him to sit still long enough to paint something is a task in itself.  He wanted to make Nemo.  I got him to make all of 2 black lines on a paper plate.   Then he was playing with scissors, cutting up the paper towel we were setting everything on while telling me how Nemo has a little fin, and he was trying to find his Dad, and he only has three white stripes.  I had to look that up.  Yep, Clown fish have three white stripes!  Color me shocked that he knew that.

After telling me about Nemo, he proceeds to accidentally knock over the cup of water we were using for the paintbrushes.  It went all over my pants!  After helping me clean it up, I think he got bored and left to go see what his dad was doing.  I ended up finishing his fish for him!  Oh my silly kiddo.  I can’t wait to see where your life takes you!

If YOU have a creative kiddo, you can make these cool paper plate fish by using a large or small paper plate.  Make sure they are very cheap and don’t have a wax coating!  You can paint them as colorful as you like.  When the fishy colors are to your satisfaction, cut out a wedge to form the mouth, and glue the piece you cut out on the opposite side.  Instant fishy tail!

Paper Plate Fish

Michelle

Michelle

Michelle is the mom of a very active 6 year old boy. She recently left the workforce to be a SAHM and is learning to cut back to make it work. In addition to this busy life, she loves to do computer geekery with websites, graphics, and video games, as well as reading and cooking!
Email Michelle at michelle@theneighborhoodmoms.com
Michelle

About the author

Michelle

Michelle is the mom of a very active 6 year old boy. She recently left the workforce to be a SAHM and is learning to cut back to make it work. In addition to this busy life, she loves to do computer geekery with websites, graphics, and video games, as well as reading and cooking!
Email Michelle at michelle@theneighborhoodmoms.com

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