One of the things that our daughter and I spend every Fall looking forward to are the easygoing days of watching the salmon run in our local streams, heading out to the hatcheries to learn a bit more and – now that we are full-on into science and nature learning with homeschooling – having a great time getting creative about how these amazing fish keep our ecosystem in check.
There are some very interesting learning options out there. But, I had to get real about the fact that she is 5-years-old and spending lots of time with worksheets, diagrams and the likes aren’t exactly a recipe for good times.
So, we came up with a fun way to learn more about how and why salmon migrate through a fun art project that gets her thinking about how fish work, writing, painting and asking lots of questions. Major bonus – it’s really pretty too.:)
Here’s what you need:
- Watercolor paper
- Hole punch
- Glue stick
- A salmon printout
- Blue tissue paper
- A hanger
1. Take two sheets of watercolor paper. On one, use a limited color palate of blues and greens and have your kids paint. On the second sheet, use those colors as well as reds and oranges. Set aside to dry.
2. Print out a salmon and trace it onto each sheet several times. What we did was fold each sheet in three, make three traces of fish and cut them out.
3. Match them together so that some are all blue/green and some are a combination with the red/orange. Use the glue stick to glue together.
4. On the blue/green ones, have your kids write “To The Sea”. On the red/orange ones “To Spawn” and punch a hole in the middle of each toward the top. Tie a piece of twine through the hole and attach to the hanger.
5. Cut out long pieces of blue tissue paper like waves and attach them to the hanger as well.
There you have it, a fun salmon migration mobile that gets them coming and going. Whee!