Bright Stanley Book Activity: Paint Chip Puppets

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Bright Stanley Book Activities | Optimistic Mommy - I have created 3 fun activities for kids that go along with the book Bright Stanley by Matt Buckingham.  Read the book with your children and then have fun making "fish scale" crayons, paint chip puppets, and a tote bag!

In the book Bright Stanley by Matt Buckingham, children go on an adventure with Stanley as he looks for his school of fish. Your children can make their own Bright Stanley to enjoy these adventures with, using just a paint chip and a few basic crafting supplies. Take a look below at how we created our own Bright Stanley Paint Chip Puppets, perfect for enjoy the book with.

Bright Stanley Book Activities - Paint Chip Puppets | Optimistic Mommy | Have fun reading the book Bright Stanley with your children and then make pain chip puppets!

Here is what you will need:
Orange paint chips (free at hardware and retail stores)
Wood craft sticks
Green felt or paper
Googly eyes
Black marker
Craft glue

Bright Stanley Book Activities - Paint Chip Puppets - Supplies | Optimistic Mommy
We found everything we needed at our local dollar store.

1. Begin by cutting your fish shape out of the paint chip. We free handed ours with pencil and then cut out it. A simple oval with a triangle tail works great.
2. Create the face of your fish. Add the googly eye with a drop of craft glue, and use your marker to make a mouth.
3. Apply some glue to the back of the paint chip fish and press it to the top of your craft stick. Hold it in place to dry.
4. Fringe a few pieces of green felt or paper. Glue the pieces to the bottom of your fish to look like seaweed.
Bright Stanley Book Activities - Paint Chip Puppets | Optimistic Mommy | These paint chip puppets will be perfect to use while reading Bright Stanley as a family!
Your Bright Stanley Paint Chip Puppet is now ready to be enjoyed. Put on your own Bright Stanley puppet show or just use the puppet to act out the book as you enjoy it together. Either way, it is sure to add an extra element of fun to your reading adventures!

Gather your supplies and give this fun and super duper frugal Bright Stanley themed kid’s craft a try. It is the perfect way to explore the text further and enjoy some family friendly hands on fun.

Bright Stanley Book Activities -  Make these super cute paint chip puppets to play with while reading Bright Stanley as a family! | Optimistic Mommy


Come back tomorrow for another activity to go along with Bright Stanley – a cute tote bag!

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    Those puppets came out so good. They are wicked cute.

  2. Using paint chips is such a great idea! The puppets are absolutely adorable, I know my daughter would love playing with these! Hmmm …. time to visit the paint department at Walmart!

  3. Great activity and book! Thanks for sharing!

  4. That is very creative.. and its a great DIY free option..

  5. I love the idea of using the paint chips to create goldfish. I also really like the cover art for the Stanley book.

  6. Those paint chip fish are brilliant! So easy to do and with just a few easy to find supplies!

  7. Thats a great idea – my daughter would love to make one!

  8. Andrea Callahan says

    My nephew’s gonna love this painting activity.

  9. ooh we should do this real soon! My son is enjoying swiming with the fishes lately and he’ll love to recreate at home how they look

  10. I love craft projects that involve those paint swatches. Gives me a great excuse to grab a few.

  11. that’s such a cute idea! I love it. I should try that with my girls.

  12. I love when people are creative with normal everyday things. This is really cool. 🙂

  13. These paint chip puppets are super cute! What a great activity to go along with the book Bright Stanley!

  14. Awe! This is so cute. My kids would totally enjoy this and reading the book as well. We are going out of town tomorrow and I am ready to get a bunch or arts and crafts items. So cute! Thanks for sharing. That is so nice that they have those little puppets that they can play with while mom or dad reads them the book. 🙂

  15. I just couldn’t love this more! It’s the cutest way to bring the story to life.

  16. LaTonia Gray says

    love this idea…we’re making some for twinkle twinkle little star.

  17. That is such a cute idea. I have a ton of paint chips around.

  18. This is so adorable! Great idea!

  19. My youngest loves to play with puppets. I guess she’ll love creating tiny neemos with your tutorial.

  20. I’ve made puppets before, so this caught my eye. So darn cute!!! And so easy, and yet fun! I can’t wait to try this!


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