During a recent trip to the pet supply store my children spotted the small bowls with beta fish in them. After 5 minutes of pleading and begging I finally got them out of the store without the fish. Whew!
So I decided to do this craft at home to make up for not buying the fish. You will need a plastic berry container (this one is for strawberries), scissors, colored paper, tape, and crayons.
Draw a few fish and ocean creatures on the paper and let your child color them. I drew some waves and let my daughter color those as well.
Now you just need to cut the sea creatures and waves out. Next you will tape the waves upside down to the lid.
Make sure you tape the waves to both sides of the lid, similar to this.
Using transparent tape, hang the sea creatures from the bottom. You will want to be sure to hang them on both sides, too.
Now close the lid and you have a fun little aquarium that can hold up to the curiosities of a toddler.
It is fun to watch them open it up and explore the small little world you just created.
My kids carried their aquariums around for days. I didn’t have to feed them or change the water. That is an extra good craft in my book.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.
- Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, a pencil, scissors, some glue, paint ( glitter paint is perfect for this) and a paint brush.
- Mix up some regular paint with some sparkle glitter paint. It will make the fish look like they are underwater!
- Draw or have your child draw some fish on a piece of construction paper, while you cut out a fish bowl . To cut it out layer 2 pieces ( one blue) of construction paper together and using a cereal bowl trace a circle , then add on a wider brim at top. Cut it out. Cut the top third of the blue paper off and make the edge look like a wave.
- Paint the fish.
- Let the fish dry. Have your child glue the water onto the fish bowl, then onto a plain piece of construction paper.
- When the fish are dry, cut out and glue them onto the bowl!
* Tip for sparkle paint, to save money just buy yellow. it blends into other colors well so you don’t need 5 different tubes of glitter paint !
” Swimmy“ by Leo Lionni is a profound tale about a little fish who tragically looses his family, and is forced to face scary things alone. He soon discovers that if he and other little fish band together they have power against the big bullies in the ocean. Personally I love this author and this book is one of my favorites. Some parents have expressed concern over his family being eaten at the start , so read it for yourself before deciding if it’s right for your child.
” Baby Beluga” by Raffi is a classic children’s song cleverly illustrated into a beautiful book. I grew up on Raffi and am still shocked when moms don’t know who he is, if he is new to you go to your library and check out one of his cds! My son loves this book, there are so many sea creatures to point out, it’s great for toddlers!