Phish is a band that’s brought us a lot of joy over the years. We think there’s no time like the present to pass down the love and light that the quartet has provided us to the next generation! Check out our ideas for family-friendly activities inspired by the unparalleled music of one of our favorite bands. Because after all, “We’re all in this together!”

 

 

Phish Coloring Pages

Experts say that coloring decreases anxiety and improves motor skills and vision for both children and adults. Surrender to your creative flow with coloring pages dedicated to the P-fish band!

What You’ll Need:

  • Phish coloring pages
  • Colored Pencils/markers/crayons
  • Your favorite Phish albums

How to Play:

  1. Print out these FREE Phish-inspired coloring pages created by fellow Phan and parent Kelley Drake! 
  2. Queue up your favorite Phish songs and get to coloring! Both parents and children will enjoy exploring various Phish song themes and lyrics in this interactive spread. 

 

 

Go Wild With Phish-Themed Animal Masks

As we all know, Phish’s songs are chock full of references to wildlife. Transform yourselves into a sloth, llama, lizard or even an ocelot!

What You’ll Need: 

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Glue
  • String

How To Play: 

  1. First, you’ll need to make the basic structure of your mask by printing out this mask template and tracing it onto a piece of cardboard.
  2. Decide which Phish critter you and your little ones would like to transform into. It might be helpful to search the internet for images of the animal.
  3. Use your cardboard, markers and glue to add ears, scales or frills to your mask.
  4. Tie a string to the back of the mask to hold it in place as you and your family parade around the house to your favorite Phish tunes!

 

 

Create Your Own “Baker’s Reprise” Donuts

A perfect activity for when you’re stuck inside— master the art of baking through these colorful Phish-inspired Baker’s Dozen Donuts! (We won’t judge you if you eat them all in one sitting because they’re THAT good.) We guarantee that these sweet treats will “Set Your Soul Free”! This recipe yields 10-12 donuts.

What You’ll Need:

For the Donuts:

  • 3 1/2 cups (1lb 2oz/497g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (6oz/170g) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg , optional
  • 3/4 cup (6floz/170ml) buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup (2oz/57g) butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

For the Glaze:

  • 1 ½ cup (6oz/172g) powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 drop red food coloring*
  • 1 drop blue food coloring*

*For more intense color, add more food coloring*

How to Play:

For The Donuts:

  1. Fill a pan with 1 inch of vegetable oil. Place a wire rack and paper towel on a baking tray and set aside for later use.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spices). Once thoroughly mixed, set aside.
  3. In a larger bowl, combine the wet ingredients (melted butter, buttermilk, eggs). An egg substitute may be used.
  4. Gradually whisk your dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until a sticky dough is formed.
  5. Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface and use your palms to flatten the dough into your surface, approximately a 12-inch rectangle about 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Heat the oil over medium-low heat (this should take 5-7 minutes).While the oil is heating up, cut your dough into a donut form: use a 3-inch round cookie cutter and a 1-inch cookie cutter, cut out the donuts and the donut holes. You should be able to cut out 10-12 donuts. If you don’t own a cookie cutter, use a knife to shape your donuts as desired.
  7. Transfer your cut out donuts and donut holes to a baking tray and place the tray near your stove, next to the heating oil. Test your oil’s temperature with a donut hole. If it’s hot enough, it  should turn into a golden brown puff after cooking for 2 minutes per side.
  8. Using caution, drop the donuts into the oil. Allow the donuts to fry for 3 minutes per side (donut holes for 2), or until golden brown. The oil will be extremely hot and will require your constant attention.
  9. Once the donuts are golden brown on each side, carefully remove from the oil using tongs. After transferring the cooked donuts to your wire rack, repeat the process with the remaining donuts and donut holes until they are all golden brown.
  10. Add the glaze to your donuts, and enjoy immediately. These donuts are best eaten within 24 hours of cooking.

For The Glaze:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients except for the food coloring. Whisk until silky and smooth. *If you want the icing to be thinner, add more milk.
  2. Separate the mixture evenly among two bowls. Add red food coloring to one bowl, and blue to the other. If you want your glaze to be a darker shade, add more drops of food coloring until you’ve acquired the color you’re looking for.
  3. Store the icing at room temperature in an airtight container. The glaze can be used for up to 2 weeks.

Enjoy your very own Baker’s Dozen!

 

 

 

Phish Pictionary

Determine who is really the biggest Phan in your household with this fast-paced game!

What You’ll Need:

  •       A group of Phans equipped with Phish knowledge
  •       One canvas per team 
  •       Writing utensils
  •       A timer

Instructions:

  1. Print and cut out our list of Phish Pictionary songs. Place paper slips in a bowl or hat and mix them up.
  2. Divide up into two teams. Each team should have one easel with several pages of paper. Check out this tutorial for how to make an easy cardboard easel if you don’t have any at home.
  3. Have one person from the first team choose a slip from the bowl. That team member will draw a pictorial representation of the song until the timer runs out. 
  4. Start the timer. The rest of the team will have one minute to guess what song their team member is drawing.
  5. If the team guesses the correct song, they get one point. Keep track of each teams scores.
  6. Repeat this process across teams until you run out of song slips. The team with the most accurate guesses wins the game.

 

 

 

Paper Plate Sloth

The Sloth gets a bad rep in the aforementioned Phish song but we think the adorable animal is perfect for some cute arts and crafts!

What You’ll Need:

  • Paper plates
  • Cardboard
  • Googly eyes
  • Cardstock paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Staples

How To Play:

  1. Print out this free sloth template and cut out the pieces.
  2. Trace the sloth head template in the center of the back of a paper plate. On either side of the plate, cut a slit until you reach the traced circle, then keep the rim of the paper intact as you cut out the sloth head.
  3. Remove the excess of the plate by cutting along the rim of two paper plates. Cut them in half to create four legs. Cut a rounded edge on each of them.
  4. Cut another plate in half to create the body and use a stapler to attach the head and the legs
  5. Using the template, trace and cut out the sloth face and patches. Color them tan and brown, then glue onto the sloth’s face.
  6. Glue the face onto the head – add your googly eyes or draw eyes, a mouth and a nose using a marker.
  7. Get creative! Cut out some cardboard to make a tree branch and leaves for your sloth to attach too.

 

 

 

Phish-Inspired Temporary Tattoos

Kids love temporary tattoos, that much we know. Give their temporary tat game a Phish twist with these designs inspired by Trey, Mike, Fish, and Page!

What You’ll Need:

  • Phish temporary tattoos (we like these from Etsy).
  • Paper towel or washcloth
  • Water

How To Play:

  1. Dampen a washcloth or paper towel with water.
  2. Apply the temporary tattoo face down onto your little ones skin and press the wet cloth against it.
  3. Hold down for 30 seconds and then reveal your new Phish-y tattoos!

 

 

 

Make Your Own Land of The Lizards

Help bring the lizards back to life with this simple craft – the possibilities are endless as you create lizards of all shapes, colors and sizes! This one requires a steady hand – so be ready to help the little ones as they cut out their lizards!

What You’ll Need: 

  • One long cardboard tube per lizard 
  • Optional: one cupcake case per lizard
  • Tacky craft glue
  • Paint
  • Googly eyes
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors

How To Play: 

  1. Squash the cardboard tube flat. Sketch the shape of a lizard on the top. 
  2. Cut along the lines you have sketched – leaving the tube joined at the edges. You can use this template if you need. 
  3. Cut the bottom-side of the tube to match with the top. 
  4. Cut out four legs using fresh cardboard or scraps from the tube.
  5. Glue on the legs and bend them into shame so your little lizard can stand on the ground. 
  6. Decorate your lizards! Who says you have to be realistic? Make them as vibrant as you like – you could even paint some donuts. 
  7. If you have them, you can glue a cupcake case to your lizard to create a frilled neck.

 

 

 

Plant a Paper Cactus Garden

What’s a Phish list without a cactus reference? Activate your crafts green thumb with this succulent art project!

What You’ll Need: 

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Colored pencils 
  • Glue
  • Adhesive putty
  • Optional: Small containers or pots to ‘plant’ your cactus

How To Play: 

  1. Draw the outline of your cactus on a piece of cardboard – you can use green cardboard or get super creative and decorate your own! Remember that cactus grow in all shapes and sizes so you can let your imagination run wild. 
  2. To create a more realistic plant, duplicate your design and cut out. Then cut from the bottom-upwards on one piece – from  about a ½ inch from the top. Then slide this piece over the top of the other. This should create a 3-D plant. 
  3. Decorate your cactus with any supplies you have around the house.
  4. Use the adhesive putty to secure your cactus in a small container, pot or straight to a flat surface. 
  5. Why stop at one? Build your family a hassle-free succulent garden. 

 

 

 

Galaxy Jars

We’re not sure exactly what space smells like but we like to think that your little ones will always remember the time they made galaxy jars with their families!

What You’ll Need: 

  • Clean glass jar with a lid
  • Paint (at least 2 colors)
  • Cotton balls
  • Fine Glitter
  • Water

How To Play: 

  1. Fill your jar with water – until it reaches ⅓.
  2. Add 4-5 drops of paint into the water, put the lid on, and shake to mix the water and paint.
  3. Add some glitter to the mix – silver is a great contrast.
  4. Stretch the cotton balls to elongate before adding to the jar. Keep adding until the bottom of the jar is full and press down with a spoon or knife. 
  5. Fill the jar another ⅓ with water and add 4-5 drops of a contrasting paint color. Repeat steps 3-4 so the colors start blending. 
  6. Repeat the process once more, filling the jar completely. 
  7. Securely attach the lid and enjoy your own personal piece of space. 

 

 

 

Take Care of Your Shoes

Phish fans are well aware of Mike Gordon’s affinity for fashion which is often displayed on his Instagram in the form of shoe selfies. We invite you and your little ones to Phish-ify your shoes. Whether they’re old shoes your kiddos have outgrown or current pairs that they want to put a funky twist on, it’s time to get to decorating! Whatever you do, we want to see how you take care of your shoes. Post a pic of your newly decorated kicks and tag @therockandrollplayhouse + @mike_gordon and we will share on our social channels!

What You’ll Need:

  • A pair of shoes– canvas sneakers, boots, you name it will work for this activity!
  • Multi-colored fine tip Sharpies
  • Beads
  • Hot glue gun
  • Rhinestones/Spikes/Any Other Decoration You Desire

How To Play:

  1. Select the pair of shoes you want to decorate. You can Phish-ify pretty much any type of shoe you want, whether it be canvas sneakers or boots or even Crocs!
  2. Determine what decorations will work best for the type of shoe you have. Using stencils to trace fun patterns works well with canvas sneakers while bedazzling can jazz up an old pair of boots.
  3. If your shoes have laces, string and knot beads onto them spelling out either your names or Phish song titles!
  4. Make sure to snap a picture of your artistry and tag @therockandrollplayhouse + @mike_gordon so we can share your creative work on our social channels!

 

 

There you have it– these are some of our top ways to enjoy Phish across generations!

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