Next students used flat plastic pieces to cut out their fish parts. Scissors will work well for most of the work but you may want to have a few utility knives or x-acto knives on hand for adult use too. As they worked on the details, I worked with each student to attach on the fins and tails. Make a slice with a utility knife into the body of the fish and slide in the fin, they will stay pretty well if the cut isn't to large, but I also reinforced the attachment with a little hot glue. Next, I let students choose what color they wanted their fish and I spray painted each bottle completely. Once the main spray painted color dried, I gave students a plethora of different colored sharpie markers to color in different parts of the fish, making scales, faces, details etc. HINT: Most plastics don't take paint well, but if you want to avoid the spray painting aspect of this project: build your fish as described and then cover them in a layer of paper mache and then let students use acrylic paints to decorate their fish.
To display our reef, I hole punched a hole in the top fin of each of our fish and attached a string to hang them. If you set them up at different levels they will look like they are swimming!
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