Geometric Fish

Create vibrant fish with geometric patterns. Give it a home in a custom designed fish tank!

  • 1.

    Pre-cut fish shapes out of black Crayola® Construction Paper.

  • 2.

    Pre-cut various small shapes out of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple construction paper. Place in plastic containers.

  • 3.

    Provide each student with two fish cut-outs, Crayola® No-Run School Glue, a paintbrush, and access to the container of pre-cut small shapes.

  • 4.

    Instruct students to choose small shapes to decorate their fish.

  • 5.

    Ask the students to paint their fish with a small amount of glue and carefully place the shapes on the glue. Allow the glue to dry and repeat steps 4 & 5 on the second fish shape.

  • 6.

    Give each student a piece of blue construction paper and Crayola® Crayons.

  • 7.

    Ask your students to design an aquarium for their fish. Encourage students to make connections to their study of oceans and the habitat of fish.

  • 8.

    Instruct the students to paint glue to the back of their fish and place them in their aquariums.

  • 9.

    To create a beautiful shine to their fish, encourage students to paint more glue on top of their fish. This will also help solidify the placement of each fish in the aquarium. Allow time to dry.

  • 10.

    As a class, create various math problems regarding the shapes on the fish, such as: subtract all the red shapes from the green shapes; add all the blue shapes to the yellow shapes; count the number of purple shapes; how many circles are on your fish; how many rectangles, etc.

  • 11.

    Instruct students to complete the math problems based on the fish and their shapes and colors.


  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • MATH: Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
  • MATH: Add and subtract within 20.
  • MATH: Work with addition and subtraction equations.
  • MATH: Reason with shapes and their attributes.
  • SCI: Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
  • VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.


  • Create a bulletin board with the art and math work called “Aquarium Math!”
  • If time is an issue, ask students to create the fish only. The bulletin board could become the aquarium!
  • For lower grades, limit the color of shapes for less fuss and less math problems.