January 2009



Finny the Fish
Materials: paper, scissors
Finny fish
Directions: Cut a small paper strip for each child using the pattern from the Downloads. Hook the tabs together to make a little fish puppet. The children can hold them and wiggle their fish as you tell the story. When you get to the end of the story they can throw their fish in the air and watch them fly!

Click on the Downloads button in the menu to the left to get your own copy of the Finny Fish pattern.

       Once there was a little fish named Finny. Every day Finny would swim along the ocean floor dreaming of what it would be like to be above the water. He asked his mother if he could fly above the ocean just to take a peek at the world above, but his mother only laughed. “Who ever heard of a flying fish?” she’d say.

       One day as Finny was swimming along he ran into a giant octopus. The octopus was all tangled up in some coral and rocks on the ocean floor. “Help! Help!” screamed the octopus. Now any ordinary little fish would have been frightened and would swim away, but not our little Finny. He bravely started to untangle the octopus’ arms until the octopus was free at last. As luck would have it, the octopus was magic and to thank Finny he gave him one wish. Finny thought for a moment, and then he said, “I wish…I wish that I could fly!”

       And do you know what he did then? That’s right! He swam up to the top of the water and jumped up, and he FLEW! (Demonstrate how to throw the fish up in the air.)

Adaptations: Let the children decorate their fish with markers or crayons.

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