I can’t remember how we came across DogFish, but the first time my girls and I read this book I immediately ordered a copy from Amazon for their bookshelf. Between the adorable retro-modern illustrations and the very useful moral — “If you can’t have what you want, you could try wanting what you have.” — this is picture book perfection! (By the way, when you do read this book, it will be fun for you to know that the mother and son in the story completely remind me of Aimee and her son Liam.)
The body of the goldfish in the book bares a striking resemblance to a balloon, and with Miss Modette’s current balloon fascination I knew she’d love making a DogFish of her own.
TO MAKE: You will need an orange balloon, our free fish template, orange crayons, scissors and tape. Color the four fins on the printed template and cut out. Also cut out your choice of eyes (we offer both normal and hypnotizing eyes!). Blow up the balloon and tie off with a knot. Using clear, office tape attach the eyeballs to the balloon. To help line the eyes up, we looked for the little darker, orange spot that is on the tip of the balloon opposite the knot. Fold each fin at the dotted line and tape two on the sides as pectoral fins and two as tail fins on the back on either side of the knot. Now go take your DogFish for a walk!
About the author
Bettijo is the founder and designer of Paging Supermom where she shares what she's dreamed up for family fun. Known for practical and kid-friendly activities, free printables and simple ideas for holidays. She is a single mom of three girls and one boy. Bettijo was a guest on the Martha Stewart Show and has frequently appeared on local television. Her work has also been featured in national magazines including Real Simple, O, Redbook, Parents, Family Circle, and Health. During quieter moments, she enjoys art, retro-modern design, photography and making new things. Bettijo lives with her four kiddos in Phoenix, Arizona.