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Summer Fish Shirt

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Summer is here!  It’s that magical time of year when rules seem to fly right out the window and families try to fit in as much summer fun as possible.    I’ve been loving handprint crafts lately, and I thought this fish shirt would be perfect for starting the summer off.  Wear it to the beach, the zoo, the aquarium or while running through the sprinkler!   It is sure to become a favorite.  Let’s get started!

What you need: 

  • Simple white or blue cotton shirt (you can often find them at A.C. Moore for $2.50)
  • Newspaper to put in between shirt and for work space
  • Fabric paint (we used orange)
  • Puffy paint (for stripes)
  • Black Sharpie (for mouth)
  • Googly eyes
  • Hot glue gun
  • You might want to read these fabric painting tips before you get started.
What You Do: 
Lay shirt out flat with some newspaper or a piece of cardboard in the middle.  We used an old shirt, but you might want to pre-wash yours if it’s new.
Pour some paint on a paper plate and spread it out with a brush so your child doesn’t get a huge glob on their hands.
Have your child push down their hand into the paint and then lay their hand on the shirt.  Repeat with the other hand.  As you can see, our paint got everywhere!  (Like always)
When the paint is dry (about 1 hour), add stripes with puffy paint and googly eyes with a glue gun.
Wear with pride!

About the Author

Gathering Pic TinyLindsey Whitney is a mom of two, home day care provider, and blogger over at Growing Kids Ministry.  Growing Kids Ministry is a blog designed to help parents, teachers, and Children’s Ministry workers who want to help the kids they love grow in their faith. You can connect with her via twitter or on facebook!

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Debbie Welchert

Thursday 21st of June 2012

What a cute idea. I have five grandchildren here and this would be a great project for a rainy day.