Monday, 24 September 2018

The Rainbow Fish Activities for EYFS

Using props and activities to bring a story to life can not only help to instill a love of reading and excitement around a book, but it also helps little minds to understand and follow a storyline better. 
The Rainbow Fish Activities for EYFS

  In the year when we saw Niall from Love Island 2018 talk about his ‘rainbow fish’ and seemingly describe a completely different moral to the story, here are a few activities that should hopefully help your little ones pick out the right message and also retain the plot of the book!

The story of the Rainbow fish is one all about the merits of sharing and giving to others.

The Rainbow Fish scales

Story props for The Rainbow Fish:

We read the story at home using story props which were then available for loose parts play and story reenactment afterwards.

You can buy an actual rainbow fish puppet from Amazon here and these gems with fish scales on top were great for ‘giving away’ as we progressed through the story.

Malleable area - The Rainbow Fish Playdough:

The gems (above) can also be added to your playdough area, alongside rainbow coloured dough for children to make their own rainbow fish. With an adult scaffolding, there are lots of opportunities for discussing numbers, noticing differences, observing how children retell the story etc

Understanding the World - Fish investigation

To add a bit of knowledge about the world around us, you can plan in a fish investigation like we did and source a whole fish from your local fish counter (ideally one with shiny scales) to investigate. Have a look at how we got on when we investigated a real fish a few weeks ago:


PSED - celebrating sharing with Rainbow Fish scales plus mark making opportunity:

Make ‘scales’ out of shiny card and use them to notice and write down when your child does something kind, thinks of others or shares something that they have. Add the scales to a rainbow fish display for others to see and to celebrate good sharing. Have the scales available for the children to use themselves for mark making and talking to you about things they or others have done well.

Rainbow Fish Sensory Play:

Under the sea sensory tray with blue spaghetti, toy fish and scales/sequins to act out the story. You can add in numbers or letter to enhance learning depending on what your focus is.

Literacy and Mark Making:

  • Big mark making opportunities by painting on large sheets of tin foil either covering the table or covering a wall.
  • Independent fish scale writing as above
  • For EYFS focus on the pre-requisites to writing, such as working on the gross motor skills by using a parachute or a silver foil, space blanket to make big waves ( working the arm and chest muscles) or, use rainbow ribbons on sticks outside for larger movements in the air.

The Rainbow Fish

Water area - Maths:

Having foam ‘numbered’ fish in the water tray which the children can ‘go fishing’ for.

The Rainbow Fish puppet

What else have you tried which has worked well?

Sarah x

Emotional Development provision area

Cafe Role play area and play demonstration - plus how to make the food

Developing language in the Early Years

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  1. Lovely ideas, thank you! I think I’ll use some of the suggestions here but adapt for a different story xx

  2. Some great ideas here. My little girl loves the rainbow fish! #KCACOLS

  3. These ideas are ingenious! I'll definitely be using some with my son. #KCACOLS

  4. These are all such lovely ideas. We got this book out of the library recently and all really enjoyed it, and the message of giving and finding joy in making other people happy. x #KCACOLS

  5. Some lovely ideas here, The Rainbow Fish is a great story for early years. I love those beads for using in playdough, think I'll try that one. #KCACOLS

  6. Again, such lovely ideas for learning alongside a beautiful book. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

  7. I love these idea and aren't the fish pretty? So many ways to learn without them realising. #kcacols

  8. Such a great story, I would love to have heard what was said on Love Island!! We made some great play dough fish and stuck on sequins as scales and googly eyes. The kids loved it! #KCACOLS


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