How To Draw A Fish?… A Simple Technique For Kids 

Does your child want to know how to draw a fish? Fish are such fascinating creatures, but they’re often overlooked. They come in so many different shapes and sizes – some fish come in vibrant colors, while others happen to be more bland-colored.  

With so many different species of fish, how do you pick just one to learn more about? There’s simply so much to learn about these water-dwelling creatures. Start off by sharing some fun facts about fish with your children before you get started on your drawing!

Fun Facts About Fish

Did you know there are over 20,000 species of fish? That’s quite a lot! Keep in mind that this is only the number of species that have actually been discovered and recorded. With so many different types of fish roaming the waters, how do you even narrow down some specific fish to learn about? Let’s start by learning about a few that really stick out from the others!

The world’s largest fish happens to be a whale shark, measuring 50 feet in length! The world’s smallest fish, the goby, measures less than half an inch in length. What a drastic difference! That means the rest of the species of fish that exist measure somewhere between half an inch and 50 feet. As you can see, there are fish of all different sizes swimming around the world. 

Believe it or not, fish have amazing memories! Isn’t that fascinating? Research has been done to find that fish can remember the humans that feed them and also tend to remember the music that was played while they ate. These generally emotionless creatures that don’t do much are actually very smart!

Does your family own a fish for a pet? Does it happen to be a goldfish? These small shiny fish can live for decades! The oldest recorded goldfish happened to live for a whole 45 years. That’s a long time for a little fish!

Ready To Draw?

Are your children looking to learn how to draw something new? Teach them how to draw a fish with this easy step-by-step guide. Does your child happen to be a visual learner? Draw along using this visual step-by-step set of instructions found on our app. Now let’s get started!

How To Draw A Fish

Below are the steps on how to draw a fish. We suggest reading through these steps thoroughly first before drawing, that way you get an understanding of what your fish is supposed to look like. Then, go back and follow each step carefully, paying attention to every detail. We hope you and your child are able to complete your drawings with ease and have fun while doing it!

Step 1 – Shape Of Body And Head

To begin your fish, draw a large oval in the middle of your paper. Then, draw a circle that is about half the size of your oval, but place it inside the oval to the right. Make sure to place your circle against the right side, connecting to the right side of the oval. These two joined shapes are what will be the body and head of your fish. 

Step 2 – Fins And Facial Features

Now, we’re going to add fins to the body of your fish. For the tail, you are going to draw a crescent moon shape and attach the round side to the left side of the oval so that the tips of the tail are facing outward from the body of the fish. 

For the fins that will go on the top and bottom of the body, draw two triangle shapes, one on top of the oval and one below the oval that is the body. Have the top points of the triangles going away from the body and slightly curved towards the tail of the fish.

Draw a smaller circle inside the circle that is the head of the fish. This will be the eye of the fish. Draw an even smaller circle inside that circle, this is the pupil of the eye. 

Next, is the mouth of the fish. Draw a half-circle on the outside of the head, all the way to the right. Have the round side connecting to the head of the fish and the points reaching outward to the right. Have each ending point of the half-circle curve back inward to the middle of the circle so that it forms the upper and lower lips of the fish’s mouth.

Step 3 – Scales And Details

Now it’s time to add some details to your fish. On the tail and fins of your fish, add lines going across them. This small detail will add texture to the fins, making them appear more realistic. 

Starting from the back of the fish’s head, draw a row of connected circle-shaped curves on the line of the head. They will look much like rounded flower petals. Continue drawing these curved circles in rows, making sure they are all connected to the last one drawn. Draw them until they completely fill the body of the fish, up until you reach its tai.

Step 4 – Color Your Fish In

Now that the outline of your fish is complete, it’s time to color it in and decorate it the way you want! Do you want your fish to be a rainbow fish? Use all the colors of the rainbow to make your fish vibrant and colorful. Or add multiple colors to the scales of the fish to give them depth.

You can draw bubbles next to your fish’s mouth to give the illusion that your fish is underwater. You can also shade in the rest of your paper blue for the same effect. Giving your paper darker shades of blue near the bottom and then using lighter shades of blue near the top helps your fish appear as if it’s in the ocean.

Get creative with how you color in your fish. If you really want to get fancy with it, glue some reflective paper onto your fish’s scales so they look like they’re popping off the page! Add a googly eye onto your fish’s eye and whatever other materials you can think of that will bring your drawing to life.

Does your child’s fish have a name? Write it down next to the fish and some comment bubbles so that your fish has some more character. You could write comments like, “Hi friend, want to go swimming with me?” There are so many ways to make your drawing special and personal.

However you choose to personalize your fish, have fun with it and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Does your fish have superpowers? Let this drawing time turn into storytime with your little ones if they want! Really encourage your kids to let their imagination take flight and get creative. What will you come up with together?

Continue The Fun

How did your drawings come out? We hope this guide helped you and your kids be able to draw a fish that’s unique and special. Are you having a group of kids you’re trying to keep busy? Have them all draw their fish, adding whatever elements they want to make them special. If you want, make it a fish drawing contest to see who can get the most creative!

Are you looking for more animals to learn how to draw? How about other things like trees, flowers, unicorns, or ice cream cones? Caribu has plenty of drawing activities for you and your children to complete. You’re just a click away from getting started! 

What else does Caribu offer? We also have games, ebooks, puzzles, coloring pages, and more! Hours of fun at your fingertips. Games like sequence puzzles, memory games, find the hidden objects, word searches, mazes, Sudoku, and more. We also have coloring pages of many different themes, such as animals, food, Barbie, Sesame Street, geography, Hot Wheels, and so on. We have as many different coloring pages as you could imagine!

Who is Caribu for? Caribu is for all ages! We have age range suggestions for each activity to give you an idea of if it’s a good fit for your child. Whether you’re a parent or grandparent looking to spend more time with your family, you can have access to hours of quality time with the ones you love. 

As a grandparent specifically, it’s important to be able to talk with your grandchildren and make memories with them. Do you happen to live far away? Well ,with Caribu’s video-chatting, you can talk with your family over video-call from anywhere in the world! You can also read them a book over video-chat as well as play games and watch them draw.

If you’re new to Caribu, consider checking out our variety of packages to start learning and playing together with. Feel free to browse our selection to see which one is best for you and your child. We promise you won’t regret joining us and getting started on all the fun!


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