Kids of all ages are fascinated by FISH! Whether it is freshwater fish, saltwater fish, or aquarium fish, learning the basics of the fish life cycle and oviparous animals can help kids understand how the world works! Come try a fun Wikki Stix life cycle craft and learn about animals that lay eggs!
Wikki Stix Fish Life Cycle Craft and Oviparous Animals
Oviparous animals are animals that lay eggs to produce offspring. Most reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish are oviparous animals.
The 4 basic stages of a fish life cycle are as follows:
- Eggs – are laid by the female into the water column and fertilized by the male (some types of fish lay 1000’s of eggs at one time).
- Larvae – oviparous fish often spend large amounts of time as larvae in the water column before leaving the column as juvenile fish. Many do not survive as the larvae is food for other predators.
- Juvenile Fish – the larvae that do survive develop into juvenile fish who seek out food to continue growing.
- Adult Fish – lay eggs or fertilize eggs and the fish life cycle is repeated over and over again.
Wikki Stix Fish Life Cycle Craft
- Paper Plate or Mounting Paper (one per craft) – Note: the Wikki Stix Afterschool FUN Kit comes complete with enough Wikki Stix and Fish Templates to create 15 Fish Life Cycle Crafts.
- Wikki Stix
Set out all the supplies on a table or a large tray to invite the kids to create. Invite the kids to create the eggs, larvae, juvenile fish, and adult fish in a circular array on the chosen mounting paper, fish template, or paper plate. There is no wrong or right way to create with Wikki Stix. The craft will be unique to the ages and abilities of the kids!
Learning about Other Oviparous Animals
To extend learning, invite the kids to try the activities below:
- Print the Oviparous_Non-Oviparous Animals file here. Laminate the pages for durability and cut out each of the animal cards. Have the kids sort the cards into 2 groups: oviparous animals and not oviparous animals. When the kids have sorted the cards, have them place the cards onto the corresponding blank boxes with cut pieces of Wikki Stix (see photo). No glue or tape will be necessary.
- Print two copies of the animal cards, laminate the cards for durability, and cut them out. Invite the kids to randomly lay the cards face down on a table or the floor. Play a memory style matching game by turning over two cards at a time. If the kids find matching cards, they keep the pair. If they do not find a match, both cards are then turned face down again and play continues to the next child. The game is over when all matching pairs of oviparous/not-oviparous animals have been found.
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