Upcycled Fish Activity for Toddlers


Toddlers and preschoolers alike will enjoy this special play and learning time with you as you explore sorting pom poms together in this unique activity for toddlers that also helps build fine motor skills.

This simple upcycled project is great for building fine motor activities, hand-eye coordination, developing and strengthening visual perception skills, color recognition, and visual-motor coordination. It is also a great way to exercise little fingers of toddlers and preschoolers. Fine motor skills are important for future tasks like gripping pencils and zipping up jackets. The main goal of this activity for toddlers is to name the colors and match the pom poms with the right color. Preschoolers can also use a single clothespin to transfer the pom poms to the lids. Also, to add variety, change out the dot stickers to work on introducing new colors.

Supplies Needed for Activity:

  • Cardboard (I used an empty cardboard box; Paint Pad would work as well)
  • Sharp scissors or a precision knife
  • Washable paint to paint the body of the fish. For the details I used markers.
  • Paintbrushes (thick & thin)
  • Markers
  • Lids from empty water bottles
  • Glue dots or strong glue
  • Pom poms
  • Color-code dot stickers


  1. Draw the body of a fish onto the cardboard.
  2. Cut out the body of the fish.
  3. Paint the body of the fish. Once the paint is dry use markers to add details. You can also paint the details with a thin paintbrush.
  4. Once the paint and details are dry, glue the lids onto the body of the fish. I used the glue dots, but you could also use a hot glue gun.
  5. Stick the color-code dots sticker onto the inside of the lids (you can also use colored paper cut into small circles if you don’t have dots).
  6. Get the pom poms handy.
  7. Ready – Steady – Play!

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About the Guest Author:

Lucia is a SAHM of two children, Luca (2 &1/2) & Anna (9 months). She loves to design and create crafts, DIY toys, and activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Please join us at @mornings_with_toddler & let’s create something beautiful.
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  1. What an adorable idea! Love that we can work on color recognition and fine motor skills at the same time! Awesome step by step instructions, can’t wait to make this for my little one!


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