Felt Board Activity for Fish Wish

This fish theme felt board activity was inspired by a wonderful story for preschoolers called Fish Wish. The book is filled with simple text and large colorful images that take you on an ocean adventure with a little friendly fish. Extend the story with this fun, hands-on activity on the felt board.


felt board activity for Fish Wish book

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Felt Board Activity for Fish Wish

Felt board activities like this fish story provide lots of learning opportunities for preschoolers. To role play the little fish in the ocean from Fish Wish, kids use soft felt shapes for fun sensory play, while engaging language and fine motor skills.

The felt pieces are bright and colorful, and the little fish is perfect for pretend play on the felt board ‘ocean’. You can easily additional pieces, such as star fish or an octopus, to your felt board story.

supplies for fish wish activity

Supplies for fish and sea anemone

  • felt – orange, green, white, blue, black
  • glue
  • scissors
  • tracing paper

fish wish activity patterns


1. Trace the fish and anemone shapes from the book onto tracing paper or tissue paper. Cut out the patterns. (Or you could use the freezer paper method)

2. Pin the patterns to the felt and cut out.

sea anemone pattern

3. Cut two anemones, one slightly larger than the other. Save the cut edges to use in step 4.

fish sensory play with felt

4. Glue the edges saved from step 3 to the front of the smaller anemone to create a layered effect.

5. Cut out trim pieces, as shown in the book image, to glue to the fish.

fish wish felt board activity

Story time!

First, place a piece of blue felt on the felt board or table.

Then, as you read the book your preschooler can take the little fish swimming through the ‘ocean’.

When it’s time for the fish to rest, place the larger piece of sea anemone on the blue ‘ocean’. Place the fish on the large green anemone, then place the smaller sea anemone on top of the fish, to tuck the little fish in for the night

This is a fun way to include your child in the telling of a wonderful story that you are sure to read over and over.

Dive into this delightful picture book with your early reader and see what amazing adventures you can have with the little felt fish.


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