Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Money in a Fish

I love teaching toddlers and preschoolers. For the past 8 weeks, our small group has been learning about the miracles of Jesus. This past week we did the Miracle of the Fish and the Coin found in Matthew 17:24-27. I used The Beginner's Bible: Timeless Children's Stories to tell the story.

Usually I don't have a problem finding suitable activities/printables already made on the internet. But for this miracle, I was having a problem finding something that preschoolers could make that wouldn't take long. I remembered making a fish out of paper plates years ago when working in a daycare center. When I found giant plastic coins, I knew this would work (and I'm probably not the first one to think of this either--lol). You can make this craft as neat or as messy as you would like. For my preschooler class, we used crayons. For my toddler, I decided to let her paint (and it was her first time painting!)

The Supplies:
2 paper plates
2 giant wiggle eyes
crayons, markers or paint

Holding the two plates together rim to rim (so that it is 3-D), cut out a large triangle for the mouth.

Next staple around the edge of the plate. Staple one of the triangles on the back for the tail-fin.

Decorate the fish any way you want. You can use crayons, markers, paint glitter--whatever floats your boat. :)

These are the "ginormous" coins I found at the Dollar Tree. So they aren't a drachma coin, but I think they are pretty cool. They really are big. I like that I don't have to worry about my dd swallowing them. She can easily pull it out of the fish's mouth when retelling the story. If you can't find them, you can use any Plastic Gold Coins.

Next glue the eyes and other fin onto the fish. Place a coin in its mouth and you have a perfect prop for telling and retelling the story.

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Blogger ~ Angi :) said...

{{SQUEAL!!!}} Oh my gosh! How TOTALLY ADORABLE! My dd and I are snagging this for her use in her weekly childcare gig! Thank you! :)

April 29, 2009 at 12:11 AM  
Blogger BrnEyedGal said...

This is such a creative idea! Love it, love it, love it!!!
I will try it with my son...he loves to do crafts and if it involves painting, well...he is sold! LOL

April 29, 2009 at 2:22 AM  
Anonymous Cassie said...

You are too creative. I'm going to have to look for the ginormous coins, just because they're so dang cool. And my boy would LOVE it if I would bust out the paints. :)

April 29, 2009 at 2:32 AM  
Blogger Anissa said...

My three year old will love doing that! Thanks for being my 100th followers. TFS

April 29, 2009 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I am so going to do this when get to our pond week.
Great Job!

May 3, 2009 at 1:12 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

This is just too cute!

August 10, 2009 at 9:21 AM  
Anonymous Annasimone said...

This is so good...! God Bless You -Thank You!

August 12, 2011 at 8:30 AM  

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