Simple Painted Fish

This not so crafty momma has also been a slightly sick momma over the past few days, so what we have to share today is so simple it’s ridiculous. It did however keep the toddler active and occupied, so it was a win!


Materials Needed

  • Paint (We used three colors, but how many different colors you use is totally up to you)
  • Paper Plate
  • Googly Eye
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint Brush (Optional. If your little one is too little to hold a paint brush, just let them finger paint. Our toddler did a little bit of both)


This fish is perfect for little ones six months to five years old. We started by letting our toddler paint the plate.



After that, we let it dry for awhile. If your little one has as much fun with paint as ours does, it will probably take several hours. Once it was dry, we cut out a triangle shape and glued it on the plate for a tail.



After that, we flipped it over and put on a googly eye. This fish was a lot of fun without a lot of effort!


19 responses to “Simple Painted Fish”

  1. You know that it’s really a toddler who did the painting when the work ends up like a muddy mix of paints. 😛 Our artwork here at home looks like that, too. 😀 But the process of making them were loads of fun!

    1. Yes, we love looking at the toddler made art on the fridge. She gets very proud looking at it as well!

  2. OMG to think in a few years I am going to be doing projects with my… MY KID!!! This is insane to me!

  3. I hope you’re feeling better! Nothing like a good craft to keep them occupied for a while. This is so easy and adorable!

  4. SO simple!! I love it. With a 3 year old and a 1 year old, the more simple the better!

  5. oh this is so cute and easy to make! Kids love projects like that, especially the finger painting messing everything up part! Am I right?

    1. Yes, my toddler loves anything that has the potential to make a huge mess!

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    Jennie Carfora

    Wow, thank you for this! My oldest son would LOVE to do this type of project. 🙂

  7. […] open ended shape fish would be the perfect mix of fun and learning. A few days ago, we did this Simple Painted Fish and today, we decided to try out a less messy fish […]

  8. Oh what a fun craft for a toddler. Finger painting is always a winner in my house!

  9. I love arts and crafts! This is the cutest piece of work i’ve ever seen. Definitely doing this with my nephew

  10. Oh my gosh its so cute! Been following all your other craft projects and should definitely make a mini museum for your little one with all those projects 😀

  11. What an easy craft. I have to share this with my coworker who teaches 2 years old!

  12. Can’t wait to do crafts like this with my kiddo when he’s a little older!

  13. Simple and cute! It’s all about the process and the experience, great idea!

  14. Such a cute and simple craft! Love it!

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