Ocean Explorer Activity For Kids: Puffer Fish

Ocean Explorer Activity For Kids: Puffer Fish

Big fish, small fish, fish of all sizes in the ocean! The mighty ocean is home to different types of fish, the puffer fish is a unique fish that puffs up when it wants to keep away other big fish. So how about encouraging your child to create a puffer fish? Watch the video below to get a step-by-step on creating your ocean explorer puffer fish activity.

Parental Involvement: Low

Duration: 30 minutes

Skills Acquired: Coordination, Fine Motor, Concentration


  1. Paper plate
  2. Cotton
  3. Paint
  4. A pair of scissors
  5. Cotton Bud
  6. Glue

Instructions for Ocean Explorer Puffer Fish Activity

  • Dip some cotton in paint and colour a paper plate using a cotton ball. Paint it in two colours.
  • On another paper plate, cut out two fins.
  • Using a cotton bud or cotton ball create polka dots on the paper plate and fins.
  • Define the features of the puffer fish using the cotton bud or cotton ball.
  • Using a pair of child-safe scissors, create slits along the edges of the paper plate. (You may draw lines for your child to cut along.)
  • Apply glue on the fins and stick them on paper plate.

Ta-da, your puffer fish is ready!

Cutting using a pair of child-safe scissors help children develop various fine motor muscles! It’s a necessary skill for them to develop. Cutting along the lines helps them develop their hand-eye coordination. As they cut, they exercise their concentration. Once they’ve created a puffer fish, how about a story? Here’s a story prompt: How did the puffer fish get its colour?

Activity by Vishwajeet