Fish Printing

So it was school holiday time here in WA and to help keep everyone happy I’d booked all the kids into a couple of school holiday activities run by the Dept of Fisheries. On the face of it they looked perfect. They ran for 2 hours in the morning so we’d be home in plenty of time for lunch and naps and there were no aged limits. (often a problem with a 2 yr old in tow) and they were FREE.

Fish printing caught my eye as something educational and fun, the information on the brochure said that it was a technic used in the early years of Broome to record different types of fish, when and how they were caught (this should have been clue because what resources did early settlers in Broome really have available??).

Once we were there, totally committed to participating the “teacher” pulls out a REAL Barramundi and started talking to the kids about the fish. It dawned on all the parents, at about the same time, that we were printing with REAL fish. Very daunting thinking I needed to help all 3 children complete this task. Luckily a helper adopted Master C so I only had to help the little two and it turned into a really fun activity.

The Barramundi were surplus stock from the local aquaculture centre. They were frozen so there was no fishy smell. The basic process was to dry the fish, pin out the fins and any details with playdoh, then paint it with watery paint and press a calico bag on top to take a print. After we’d finished the fish were going to be cleaned up, re-frozen and used at the local high school in science class.

Although it was a big hit with the kids I’m not sure I would have attempted it if I’d known what the task involved (not with a 2 yr old in tow anyway!)

Today I’m linking up with Real Life Wednesday with Picklebums because in real life only the adults question the idea of painting fish.



3 thoughts on “Fish Printing

  1. Oh My! That is a unique activity, looks like fun though and I have some frozen fish in our freezer that I’m not sure what the heck to do with them because I’m not beheading and scaling the things. Maybe painting is the way to go, then plant them in the garden as fertiliser or something.

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