Open Ocean: Blue Marlin
- White construction paper (one for each child)
- Pre-cut image of a blue marlin about 3-4 inches in length (one for each child)
- Cobalt blue tempera paint (enough for the children to share)
- Light blue tempera paint (enough for the children to share)
- Blue tempera paint (enough for the children to share)
White tempera paint (enough for the children to share)
- Yellow tempera paint (enough for the children to share)
- Button (one for each child)
- Paintbrushes (enough for the children to share)
- Black marker (enough for the children to share)
- Glue (enough for the children to share)
Due to the vastness of the open ocean, fish have to travel far and wide to find food. Due to its being one of the fastest fish in the sea, blue marlins can travel thousands of miles in the open waters. Their characteristics are very recognizable and their images can be found anywhere from sporting teams to popular books.
Begin this blue marlin craft by handing out the white construction paper to each child. Have them paint an ocean scene by painting the bottom half of the paper with the blue paint, the top half with the light blue paint, and adding a sun in the light blue section.
Once the ocean scene is dry, cut a pathway that goes from the water to the sky and back to the water again. This pathway will be what the fish travels on, so it should be big enough to allow the movement, but not big enough for the button to slip through.
Hand out the pre-cut marlins to each student. Have them paint the top half of the marlin cobalt blue and the bottom white, which are the marlin's characteristic colors. Once dry they should add an eye using black marker.
The next step is a little tricky and will require some assistance. Have them turn the marlin around so it is upside down as well as the ocean scene. Make sure that the marlin is visible through the pathway you made and have them glue the button to the back of the marlin. Make sure the glue does not touch the ocean scene. Once dry the children will be able to make the marlin "swim" through the open ocean, and even jump through the air.