Reading Aloud Activity

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 | Resources

The Rainbow Fish

Suggested Age: Preschool through Grade 1

Submitted by Lori Tonaki, School Librarian, Moanalua Elementary School

Book: The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister


Theme: Friendship and sharing


Activity: Shimmering Rainbow Fish

The Rainbow Fish is a cute story about a fish not wanting to share his shimmering fish scales that everyone adored and loved. Whenever he was asked for just one shimmering scale, Rainbow Fish always said “no.” Before Rainbow Fish knew it, he had no friends to play with. He learned to share one shimmering scale with each fish, and as he gave up his scales, Rainbow Fish slowly made friends. Rainbow Fish felt so good and happy in sharing his scales with his new friends.


  • Fish cutout
  • “Quarter”-sized tissue paper scales in a variety of colors
  • Depending on how many children are doing this activity…cut a few “quarter”-sized aluminum foil scales (enough for each person to have one or two scales). Children will need to share these scales.
  • Crayola markers
  • Crayons
  • Glue



  1. Cut out fish.
  2. Glue on tissue paper scales along with one or two aluminum scales. The aluminum scales can be colored with markers to give it a shimmering color.
  3. Students can color the fins and tail of the fish with their markers or crayons.

Comment: Students learn how to share the shimmering scales with one another.