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Add the word “fancy” to your Flying Fish when you decorate them with glitter glue!

Age: 5+

Duration: 15 minutes

Learning Objectives: Learn about the different types of Flying Fish. Exercise fine motor skills with glitter glue application. Create a dimensional fish from raised scales, fins and gills.

You’ll Need:

R51082 Flying Fish

• Paint

• Paintbrush

• Glitter glue


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Color your Flying Fish with a wash of tempera paint. Kids can color in the whole sheet or alternate coloring with other colors. Wait until the fish are dry before popping them out from their paper backing.

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Some students opted to decorate their Flying Fish with multiple colors.

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Once the fish were dry, our campers then added a finishing touch. First, they dabbed a few spots of clear glue onto the fish scales…

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…then sprinkled on a bit of glitter! Make sure to place your Flying Fish project onto a sheet of newspaper or a paint tray to hold all the excess glitter.

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We then tipped the Flying Fish on their sides to let the excess glitter slide right off. We used a variety of glitter colors, such as green, gold, blue, red and silver.

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The campers then waited for the glitter glue to dry before heading over to our photo backdrops!

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We cut out waves from cardboard and painted them with blue and white stipple effect.

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We strung up our Flying Fish and pretended to “reel them in”!

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We got the best reaction from this camper who struggled to bring her catch above the waves!

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Best catch of the day!! Look at the sparkles on that one!


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3D Flower Wall Art

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Make a beautiful wall art canvas with 3D flowers using our R2440 Color Diffusing Paper Flowers!

Age: 4+

Duration: 15-20 minutes

Learning Objectives: Children get to take home their own projects to hang up on their bedroom walls at home. Use different colors to produce interesting combinations. Paint easily with fun and engaging Color Diffusing Paper! Create a wash of color on a canvas and talk about essential keywords such as balance, subject and background.

wall art diy color diffusing flowers

You’ll Need:

R2440 Color Diffusing Paper Flowers

R2131 Bright Buttons

R54460 Squiggle Pipettes

• Canvas

• Watercolor paint

• Paint tray

• Spray bottle of water

• Small plastic cups

• Paintbrush

• Glue



Pour a small amount of watercolor into each cup. Set up your workstation so that the flowers are on the paint tray.


Squeeze the bulb of the Squiggle Pipette to expel all the air inside, then dip the nozzle into the paint and release the bulb. This will draw the paint into the main chamber of the pipette. Carefully raise the pipette on top of the paper and squeeze the bulb to release the paint. Use different colors to make interesting effects!


Spray the concentrated watercolor spots with a bit of water to help diffuse the paint throughout the flower.


To give your Color Diffusing Flower some dimension, drape it on top of an overturned cup. Leave it to dry for 30 minutes under direct light.


While the Color Diffusing Paper Flowers are drying, prepare your canvas for painting! You can use watercolor on the canvas as this will give it a nice diffused look. Pour the concentrated watercolor into little cups so as not to use too much, although a little will go a long way!


I created a gradient wash from one corner of the canvas to the opposite corner. First I started with the darkest color I had–red–and blended it into an orange once it hit the yellow on the opposite side. Even though there isn’t much red remaining, it is still a lovely transition! Although your students can paint their canvases different colors, it’s a good idea to keep the colors minimal. Remember, the canvas will form the background to your 3D art, so it needs to let the flowers stand out!


Now get your flowers ready to attach to the canvas!


Dab a bit of glue onto the back of each flower center and press the flower onto the canvas. Hold the flower down for about 20 seconds to make sure that the glue starts working to secure it to the canvas.


Glue a button to the center of each flower. Use contrasting colors to really make the 3D art pop!


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Project Spotlight: 3D Ornaments


Decorate with color this season! Fold up beautiful ornaments with our special designs–use paint, crayons or markers to color in the shapes.

Each of the R51081 3D Ornaments are die-cut into 3 folding designs. This means that when folded, the card ornament transforms into a beautiful arrangement that can be hung from the ceiling or as a part of a giant seasonal mobile.


This photo was taken in Simply Wonderful Toys in Guelph, Ontario. They decorated the ceiling using our 3D Ornaments! The ornaments were given to children to color and collage while they waited for parents to finish shopping.


Here’s a look at some of the ways you can decorate the ornaments. Use paint or markers to color in alternating sections of the ornament. Splatter paint blobs across the ornament to give your design a retro tie-dye effect. Experiment with different paint techniques to make your ornament stand out!


All finished decorating! Pop out the ornament along the scored lines and fold each layer of the ornament towards opposite sides. Thread some string through the pre-punched hole at the top of the ornament and hang.



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Little Fingers Big Art won’t be posting from now until the week of January 5th, 2015. Enjoy a safe and prosperous holiday! See you in the NEW YEAR! Check back for more incredible arts and crafts projects in your classroom. All the best, from all your friends at Roylco!