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1306-3 Japan
Origami Fish

Adapted from Brenda Spitzer

Create a mosaic fish picture from small pieces of folded paper. The fish is an important symbol in Japan because fishing is very important to the Japanese economy.

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 1 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Social Studies
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts
Math – e.g. measuring

Time Needed for Project:
1 hour plus drying time

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Main supplies:

  • Elmer’s® Bi-Fold Foam Board
  • Origami paper – metallic colors
  • Elmer’s® 3D™ Washable Paint Pens – glitter colors
  • Elmer’s® Disappearing Purple Glue Stick
  • 14” x 19” colored poster board


Japan Origami Fish Pattern (PDF)

Basic Supplies:

  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors


1.  Cut the metallic paper into 2” x 2” squares as follows:
Green – 27
Blue – 9
Magenta – 4
Lt. Blue/Dark Blue duet – 1

2.  With the white side facing up, fold the corner of the green and blue squares toward the center. For the blue squares only, fold the points back out again. With the magenta side facing up, fold the points of the squares toward the center, then back at an angle to form a diamond shape.

3.  Lightly draw diagonal lines from corner to corner across the colored poster board to find the center. Mark with a pencil. Starting at the center glue the squares in place according to the photo.

4.  Draw fish bubbles and decorate the fish with the glitter paint pens. Let dry.


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