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Rainbow Egg Carton Fish
  • Egg carton
  • Watercolours
  • Water bowl
  • Brush
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Glue
Step 1

You will need 5 cone shapes from an egg carton for this activity, making sure to save the cup part for another day.

Cut the cones down so they have an even base. You will need to cut them so they process in size large to small.

Step 2

Using watercolours, paint the cones different colours so at the end you will have a beautiful rainbow fish.

Step 3

When the cones are dry, cut triangles out down the sides of one of the cones to create the tail. Cut a whole in the top of the tail cone, so it will be able to fit over the top of the tip of one of the other cones.

Cut some fins out on another cone shape. Slide three cones on top of each other with the fins in the middle. Do a test run and see how they fit into each other, trim until they fit well.

Step 4

Next you will push the two remaining cones together. The tail will go over the other cone’s tip. You should now have a bottom half (the tail end) and the top half (the head end) The bottom part of the fish will push into the top part of the fish with the base of each side facing each other.

If you are happy with how it fits together, glue it together and draw an eye on both sides. Wait for it to dry and then take it for a pretend swim!


It may take a little bit of trimming and playing around to get it to fit together. You could make a few and hang them from a stick found in the garden and make a lovely mobile. Don’t use too much water with the watercolours or you may end up with a soggy fish and remember it is about the process not the end result. Have fun!

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