Blow Fish Toy

I made a sketch for this idea awhile ago, and just came across it in my drawer this morning, so I thought we should give it a try. All you do is make the fish (using the template and the directions on the sketch below), thread the string through the straw that’s inside the fish, then tape the string ends to your wall. Once it’s on the string, you blow the fanned out tail and make the fish zoom down the line. We got it to zoom pretty fast. And making it was fast and entertaining too. I’m going to print some more out so we can color them. It might also be cool to make a couple of fish and lines so two people could have a race. If you try them out, feel free share your photos on the Made by Joel Facebook page!

Click on the image below, then print.


  1. liza
    March 12, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Very cool. We'll try it!

  2. emalia may
    March 12, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Awesome!! Will try with my 7 Yr old...

  3. Patricia
    March 12, 2011 at 12:33 am


  4. Kelly
    March 12, 2011 at 1:16 am

    My 2 year old daughter (and her cat) loved this!

  5. Marisa
    March 12, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Awesome, as usual.

  6. r8chel
    March 12, 2011 at 2:17 am

    My kids have made something similar with a balloon inside a ziploc bag taped to a straw, but this adds art and character to the idea! Fun!

  7. Joel Henriques
    March 12, 2011 at 3:43 am

    Thanks everyone! Yeah, I'm sure there are lots of similar things out there. The balloon idea sounds cool!

  8. fraufertig
    March 12, 2011 at 9:14 am

    You really do have amazing ideas! So simple and so cool. Thanks for sharing and for your wonderful blog.

    greetings fraufertig

  9. Kristi @ Creative Connections for Kids
    March 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Simplicity and creativity at it's best. Thanks!

  10. sandrine
    March 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    awesome, as usual!!! i will definitely try it !!!!!

  11. Denise
    March 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    love it! simple, perfect idea for every day!


  12. Alita
    March 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    so cute project!

  13. jfidz
    March 12, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Simple and very effective! You could also do rockets,birds/planes, a diver being chased by a shark!

  14. Good Canary
    March 12, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    love it!

  15. Joel Henriques
    March 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks everybody!

    jfidz - Great ideas! I'll have to try those. You could even tape one end of the string up a little higher to make them blow harder if it got too easy. That could work well for the rocket blast-off. ha.

  16. singlemama
    March 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    very cute! we'll try :-)

  17. liza
    March 13, 2011 at 12:49 am

    We had a great time, Joel! Fun for all of us! Thanks for the inspiration, instructions and template!

  18. Maiz Connolly
    March 13, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Hmmm... This is giving me an idea about how to make blowguns for the kids without the total-mayhem-factor that has been scaring me off. I'll let you know if we try it!

  19. zzoe
    March 13, 2011 at 8:43 am

    che bello! lo propongo oggi ai miei bambini... sarà un successo!!

    what a beautiful idea! I'll propose to my children ... It'll be a successful


  20. TinyReader
    March 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    So cute!

  21. Albertina Pereira
    March 13, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Uma óptima ideia!

  22. Broofa
    March 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Love this idea!

    March 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm


  24. Vanessa/NessieNoodle
    March 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    you are so clever!
    love this and will have to put one together in preperation for our visit to the real aquarium

  25. Stephanie Smith
    March 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I featured you on my blog today.

  26. Amber from Amber, Dom & Baby Make 3!
    March 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    This is a great idea! I am bookmarking it for future use :)

  27. Eveline
    March 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Not only is this a great idea and lots of fun, it's also great for children's development. Blowing helps train their face/mouth-muscles which in turn will help them learn to speak. Great stuff!

  28. Stempelientje
    March 19, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Thanx!!! My little girl loved it!

  29. anna
    March 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    very funny, we have just tried !!!

  30. Jenny
    March 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    J'adore Joël ce que tu fais, c'est si simple et pourtant tout est là.... Tu es encore dans le monde des enfants, de tes enfants et ceux des autres... Merci merci merci! (Jenny, Marseille, France)

  31. Post-it Note
    March 30, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I'm doing this with my 3 year old tomorrow! You rock!


  32. nata
    March 31, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Thanks, thanks. I'll use it tomorrow in may class room for april the first !

  33. Jill
    April 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Thanks! My girls have been blowing fish and coloring this morning and loving it!

  34. tokpoprovodam
    April 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm


  35. Cheryl
    April 21, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks for the idea. This kept my children entertained today. So simple, yet so much fun!

  36. lastèdesign illustrazioni e scarabocchi
    April 23, 2011 at 8:48 am

    your blog it's genius and poetry!! ;)

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  38. June 2, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Very Cool! I am sure we will be making many of these this summer

  39. Bleu
    June 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks for all the fun paper games , games that does not costs any $$ (almost)

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  41. Kate
    October 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I've made something similar with toilet rolls and paper "wings" to look like a bee. We have an open, split level lounge room so it worked really well! Such a simple, cheap and super fun idea!

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  43. mette weber johansen
    November 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    cool :0)

  44. January 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Hey Joel, This also works realy good with a ballon. You just atach te ballon to the straw with some sticky tape. perhapse you can design something around the ballon. Btw really really love your site

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