Coffee Filter Fish

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Pretty rainbow fish are lighting up our doors and windows these days! This is an easy activity you can do with your child almost any time, requiring only coffee filters and markers.

First, be sure to cover your work surface (things will get wet!) and prep your materials. You’ll need permanent marker for this craft, not the washable kind, which made Travis feel very grown up.

Before he even started coloring our white coffee filters, he grew impish… Who doesn’t just want to spray water?

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He slowed down once I demonstrated how to color in a filter as completely as possible for the best results, so the colors will bleed together. Then he got to soak my marker-covered filter.

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Now he had the idea!

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He scribbled in various color combos, declaring this one was a library fish, that one was a doctor fish, etc.

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We left our filters to dry completely.

To complete the fish, cut a triangle from one part of each circle as the mouth.

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Glue the triangle onto the opposite side of the circle – voila, a tail!

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Finish by drawing in eyes, and hanging the fish some place where they will catch the sunlight.

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