Fish Bowl Craft

This week’s unplugged project theme is water.

We made a fish bowl scene using ye olde wax paper and melted crayon shavings technique.

1) We drew fish, and coral, an octopus and a special guest star (though you probably won’t recognize who it is).  Also, we made a plecostomus – because Bee always has to visit Mr. Plecostomus whenever we go to a pet store.

2) We cut them out

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3) Next, Bee peeled some crayons, and  4) we used a crayon sharpener to produce shavings of three colors of blue (plus a little silver).

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5) Next we cut out two sheets of wax paper of the same size, and drew a large fish bowl on the bottom one.

6) Bee arranged the fish cutouts on the wax paper fish bowl.  This can be fun in and of itself, and take a little while for your child to ‘get it just right’.

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7) Then, the crayon shavings were sprinkled around the pictures in the fishbowl, especially in the areas between the paper shapes.

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The picture below is how it looks with all the shavings on it.

I’ll tell you about the special guest star now – he’s the guy right there in the middle, it’s Aku – from Samurai Jack.  Bee likes him.  (If I were to teach a narrative art class – I would include lots of Samurai Jack.  The sophisticated storytelling uses narrative art far more dependent on visual media than dialog.  It also won 4 Emmy Awards.)

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8 ) Place the second sheet of wax paper on top, and iron them using a low temperature setting.

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This makes great water!

10) Cut out the fish bowl and tape to a window (with clear tape).

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The final results exceeded my expectations – and there were a lot of fun steps along the way with opportunities to learn a variety of things.  A memorable morning well spent!

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