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Book Love: Hooray For Fish

Hooray for Fish by Lucy COusins is everything a picture book should be. It is big, bright and has lovely illustrations. Little fish is taking you on a journey to meet all his friends who include, curly-whirly, 1, 2, 3, pineapple fish, grumpy fish, scary fish to name only a few. It is a beautiful book. Aarya did not want to look at when we first bought it a month back, but now after seeing a lot of fish, eating them – he showed a lot of interest in this book. His favorite in the little fish who he calls Aarya and scary fish which is the shark 🙂

To do some project on Saturday which is a holiday for us, we re-read Hooray for Fish and then watched this video, which is beautifully done. I love how the book is been read as well.

Then we prceeded to do some art work which is inspired by Hooray for Fish post which I saw on

I changed it up a little bit as Aarya is not yet good in being patient and all. So here are the things we used

  1.  A3 size drawing paper
  2. bubble wrap
  3. sponges ( I cut out sponges and stuck them with glue on some cardboard for him to use without “staining” his hands, I also had a sponge pad which we used for this)
  4. colors ( we used red, blue, yellow)
  5. scissors
  6. black marker or sketch pen

We first colored our bubble wrap with blue – Aarya did this enthusiastically, but did not want to touch the wrap later as it would “stai” his hands. So I laid the wrap on the paper and he happily pressed it down. Then I put a little green lines on the base and blue all over to get the sea-weed effect and he pressed it down for me. The he ran the brush right over the paper and made some smudges while I was placing the wrap away. Oh well! it was not that bad.

While the sea background was drying, I copied his favorite fish images on to 2- 3 white sheets of paper. We copied Shark ( no.1 favorite of his), little fish, moma fish, grumpy fish and curly-whirly fish (which was my wish). Then I set out sponges and colors and very little water and Aarya got down to “smashing the fish up with little paint and loads of water. He then added other colors to the same sponge! We had some weird color mixing and saw that brown, orange and a weird blue fish is what we ended with.

Dabbing paint on the sponge, to dab it on the fish images I drew on pages.
Dabbing paint on the sponge, to dab it on the fish images I drew on pages.
Shark is getting a blue and red dabbing
Shark is getting a blue and red dabbing
After using the sponge, Aarya wanted to paint the fishes as well.
After using the sponge, Aarya wanted to paint the fishes as well.
Our fish images drying. He stayed longest with the Shark.

We left the fish to dry and I decided to see the video again but this time he did not want to see it so we went and did a sock-matching activity. After all the fish dried, I cut them out ( Aarya is still not able to cut out stuff properly) and gave him a stick to dab black and yellow dots on the fish. Then I outlined them with black sketch pen and he glued them on the blue sea background. The result was really awesome.


We have it on the wall now and his Grandparents who visited us on Sunday couldnot believe it was done by Aarya. Aarya was happy to show it to them and even was telling the dog how he “spo spo” the “me-me” ( sponged on the fish).

Our Grumpy Fish (brown one) looks like he is laughing.That is because of my bad scissor skills.

A huge thanks to Rachel @ I HEART CRAFTY THINGS for the inspiration.

Next we did a Tot Tray activity which had little matching activity using the “Hooray for Fish” Printables I downloaded and printed from All Join In blog. These are 2 parts cards  but I took 2 copies of it and made a simple matching activity. I can reuse them for variety of other activities as well.


All done.

You can download them from All Join In blog.

We had a fun day with this book and I am sure we will do this again some day. For that day I am pinning up some sites on my “Hooray for Fish” Pinterest board.

What books have you read lately and loved. Please do let me know!

Aarya is 33 months old.

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