Fish forms

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In this activity, learners create a three-dimensional sculpture while examining the characteristics of fish. Learners use clay and other craft supplies to model a fish's body, fins, scales, eyes, gills, and mouth. Then learners will discuss the function of each part and how fish differ amongst each other.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model


Materials List (per group of students)

  • clay (modeling clay that doesn’t harden) - for body
  • heavy cardstock (various colors) - for fins
  • plastic straws - for scales
  • metal brads - for eyes
  • toothpicks - for gills and mouth
  • popsicle sticks
  • pictures of marine animals (optional)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Biodiversity

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Model Building


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access