Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Dabbledy-do, UPrinting, and Fishes, too! (Rainbow Fish Art Lesson)

Good Morning, folks! Welcome to my 100th post on Ready, Set, Craft! Yeah!

I initially had great expectations for my big post, but instead of making a big to-do about it, I have lots of other important and fun tidbits to share! Enjoy!

If you've been hanging around this blog for awhile, you'll know that I'm a big fan of Dot/Nancy over at It was one of the first crafting blogs I discovered, and one that motivated me to begin my own. Dabbled has brought me all kinds of good things... like the fabulous Felt Pins I made for Mariah, and the Make Something Cool Every Day in April challenge. I was featured over there with my Pinata Project back in April (thanks again!), and am always chatting about the neat contests going on at Dabbled like this one.

So Dabbled just got a huge makeover and is looking SNAZZY. For real! Unfortunately, while making the move from Blogger to Wordpress, Dabbled lost a ton of feed followers! Oh no! So, if you are a Dabbled follower and haven't seen any posts in the past few days, you may need to update their feed. Just head over to to get the updated feed. Then... head over and enjoy that new site! And if you haven't checked out before, now is the time to do so - and tell Dot I said hello!

Speaking of Dabbled and contests, I wanted to take a moment to chat about By being a sponsored blog of theirs, I'm eligible for all kinds of neat contests, giveaways, and info. AND, because Dabbled is sponsored by them as well (and many others...) I can participate in contests over there (such as the postcards above) as a reader. IN FACT - I actually WON a contest through them at Dabbled just last month and won a 16x20 canvas print of my choice! Sweet!

Now, not only did I not have to pay a dime for this print (no shipping or anything!) Gemini, my UPrinting contact was AWESOME to work with - so accomodating! I could even get a free pdf press ready proof of my print before I ordered. SWEET!

If you haven't already, you should definitely check them out...

Why isn't your average printing company:

Blog Sponsorships:
If you are looking to find a sponsor for your blog, is definitely interested. We offer giveaways, advertising and more for qualified bloggers.

Non-Profit Sponsorships:
The U-Community Program sponsors hundreds of non-profits and education to improve our local communities.

Social Justice Projects:
The UPrinting Kiva account promotes small business growth in developing countries.

Green Printing:
UPrinting supports a sustainable future by recycling, using non-toxic inks, and offering eco-friendly recycled paper stocks for business cards and postcard printing.

And lastly, the fishies! (Phew! Long post!)

I did a Rainbow Fish art lesson with a small group of kinders over at the library yesterday with great results. This is my very own project, and one of my faves. You could do this at home with your kid(s) very easily - it doesn't have to be done in a classroom! It's not messy at all, and really good for coordination and manipulation - since those teeny circles are tricky for little ones to handle!


You will need...
Rainbow Fish book
Blue construction paper
Photocopy of a fish - I use THIS
1 inch hole punch
Variety of textured papers (newspaper, construction, tissue, scrapbook, etc. etc.)
Aluminum foil
Glue stick
Googly eyes

After reading "The Rainbow Fish"...

Step 1
Dependent on the age of the kids you're working with, and the number of kids, pre-punch circles in a variety of paper types, and also a handful of aluminum foil circles.

Step 2
Students should cut out their fish (little ones may need help!) and glue it to their ocean (blue construction paper)

Step 3
Ask students to glue on their circles to form scales of the fish. Encourage older students to think about making patterns and designs. Explain that the aluminum foil circles are special, just like the shimmery scales in the book, and they can use as few or as many as they want - but to think hard about where they want to place them on their fish.

Step 4
Make sure that students cover all of their white space. Just like a real fish, our fishes need to be entirely covered with scales! When they are finished, add a googly eye and you're done!

If you wanted to go a step further, you could color an ocean background first wit seaweed, plants, the ocean floor, other fish, etc. using pastels, paint, or construction crayons. I like the simplicity and boldness of a plain ocean and colorful fish myself - but feel free to make it your own!


AVinNYC said...

Congrats on your HUNDREDTH post!

rachel said...

Super cute & oh-so-simple to put together! I think I'll do this with the boys on a rainy day :)

rachel said...

Ooh, although I WOULD like to see you link to B&N instead of Amazon...

Joanne said...

Thanks for the congrats, Abs!

Rach - you're such a dedicated B&N employee! If you DO make the fish - be sure to send me photos of the boys' creations!