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By Louise RichmondTeaching Assistant in a Reception class

Dive deep, right to the bottom of the ocean, with these fishy activities

Colourful fish


Activities in this article:

  1. Fish feelings
  2. Woven fish
  3. Cross-curricular activities

1. Fish feelings

Encourage children to think about times they have shared

Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Making Relationships

Development matters: Learn social skills, and enjoy being with and talking to adults and other children (22–36 months); Value and contribute to own well-being and self-control (40–60+ months).

Early learning goal: Work as part of a group or class, taking turns and sharing fairly, understanding that there needs to be agreed values and codes of behaviour for groups of people, including adults and children, to work together harmoniously.

What you need

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister (North-South Books); a large fish template; individual coloured paper scales; pencils; glue.

What to do

  • Read the children the story of The Rainbow Fish.
  • Once you have finished, prompt the children to talk about the story, focusing on the rainbow fish and his shiny scales: Does he share his scales? Why doesn’t he want to share his scales? How does the little blue fish feel? How does the Rainbow Fish feel after he shares them?
  • Develop the discussion by asking the children to reflect on their experiences of sharing. These could be either at home with siblings or with other children in the setting: What does it mean to share? What sorts of things can you share?
  • Using the fish template and the individual scales, explain to the children that you are going to make a group sharing fish. Prompt them to each tell you a time when they have shared something. Record this on the scale, then ask the child to add it to the fish to create the sharing scales.
  • This activity could be extended by encouraging children to tell you when other children in the setting have shared toys or resources with them, to encourage positive behaviour.
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