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Nutty fish


Coral Reefs are treasured Australian inheritance. Healthy reefs sport an abundance of life, fish, coral, sea snakes, sea stars and urchins, turtles, jellies and so much more! Coral fish are often striking to look at so we are going to consider how to make a small fish on a coral reef.

But what does a fish look like? Fins, eyes, body, gills are some of the parts of a fish. Although fish have different sizes and shapes there are some main features.  Do you think you need to include all the features for people to understand that your creature is a fish?

Look at what you have on hand that might make a good fish body. Consider what features of a real fish your fish will have (see illustration).  This fish is made from a tree seed pod or nut found in the neighbourhood.


Nutty fish cont.


Safety Note: If using a tree seed pod (nut) that you have found handle it with care until you know that it is a safe one. How can you check? Ask your librarian for some help.

You will need:

  • pencil / pen
  • scissors
  • Seed pods
  • Patty pan (cupcake pan) papers
  • Buttons
  • If you have access to a tiny drill you can sew things onto the nut otherwise a glue gun or craft glue


Nutty fish cont.


Think about what fun features your fish will make your fish be a perfect fit in on a coral reef. Does it lie on the bottom of a dark grotto? Does it hide under a coral plate or in an anemone? 

What to do:

  • Cut coloured patty pan papers into the larger fins
  • Glue or sew fins onto the nut shape
  • Glue or sew buttons on as eyes
  • Glue the finished fish onto a shashlik stick so it can sit above the other elements on the reef


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