I usually do regular pinch pots with my first grade students, but this year I was inspired by all the little fish I've seen throughout art teacher blogs. These are our rendition!
I use Laguna Clay, Laguna Underglaze and finish with Duncan Dipping Glaze.
Instructions are simple....give each student a palm-sized ball of clay, form into a pinch pot, add a tail, fins, eyes and teeth/mouth/lips, scratch attach using a scoring method, write names on bottom, dry completely, fire (05), paint with underglaze and dip in glaze, fire again (04).
This is an easy shape for young hands to make. Give them lots of opportunity to create different sized fins or tails, even eyelashes! My time with my students was limited to 40 minutes of clay time, so I kept the children moving along with the basic shapes. If you need to break up the project, use a zip lock bag to keep the clay moist.
This would be a great project for air-dry clay and acrylic paints...might try that next year as kiln work is time-consuming!