Clay Fish Craft for Kids

Posted by Stacey Gibbon

With a little imagination, kids can craft and customize their own fishy creations. They can become magnets, home decor or whatever your heart desires!

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I don't know what it is but when I think of summer, I think of a beautiful beach and fish swimming freely in it. And if you haven't guessed - that's exactly what inspired today's Clay Fish Kid Craft tutorial!

With just a little imagination and creativity, kids can decorate & customize their own fishy creations within minutes. Then let them air-dry until hard and turn the beautiful end results into magnets, home decor or whatever your heart desires. You could even turn these beauts into ornaments or sweet gift tags for upcoming occasions or summer events.

This kid craft is a cinch! We used our favorite brand of Crayola Model Magic Clay, a heart shaped cookie cutter and some Perler beads to customize the look of our fish. And the nice thing about this kid friendly craft, is that there are no real rules for it! From the vibrant colors to the fun shape - these DIY clay fish are sure to beat the summer boredom blues!

So, what are you waiting for? Grab the supplies listed before and get to creating some one-of-a-kind pieces! Happy crafting my friends!!!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Crayola Model Magic Clay
  • Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter
  • Small Rolling Pin
  • Multi-colored Perler Beads
  • Wiggle Eyes

Let's get crafty!

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First, open your package of Crayola Model Magic Clay and flatten it with your rolling pin. Take your cookie cutter and cut a heart shape out of it. Repeat for each fish you want to create.

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Now you are ready to personalize your fish! First I gave my fish some lips by pressing the bottom of the heart inward a bit. Next, I pressed a wiggle eye into the clay so the fish could see. To finish and really give the personalized look of the fish, I pressed some Perler beads into the clay to give the look of scales.

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After you are done decorating your fish, it's time to let them air-dry! Place your finished pieces on a plate {or cookie tray} and take it into an area where they will be undisturbed for 1-2 days and can dry out & harden.

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Once the clay fish are completely hard, it's time to display them! We actually added magnets to the back of ours to decorate the fridge with, but you are more welcome to do whatever your heart desires with yours. If you like {before the clay hardens}, you can make a tiny hole in the top of the fish, so you can string it for ornaments or gift tags. You can even hot glue these masterpieces to some popsicle sticks and let the kids have a "fishy" puppet show with them. The possibilities are endless and I sure hope it inspired YOU!