Aquarium Kids Craft

by Kim

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. :-)

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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.

Free Art Friday

Scrap Paper Creations

Scrap Paper Art

Here at No Time For Flash Cards we call open ended art , Free Art Friday. I stole that from another preschool teacher because every Friday she would let the kids direct theor own art with all the supplies. Which is awesome in so many ways.  Today’s project has been the most true to form free art yet.  As I answer emails my son will often play with playdough, draw or cut scrap paper. Well  a few days ago that is exactly what he was doing when I hear from his chair ” I need glue to make my fish!” Scrap Paper Art 001Scrap Paper Art 002 So I handed him a glue stick and sure enough he’d cut an outline of a snowman in two to make a fish, and was now gluing on scales. Pride was overflowing. I grabbed the camera quickly and for those of you who ask if I keep projects , yes this one will be kept- forever!!

So grab some scrap paper, scisssors and glue and create! Whatever they make will be perfect !

Back To “School” Craft

School of Fish !


While brainstorming for back to school activities to do I was focusing on “school” and this came to mind. I grabbed the paint and rolling pin and my son came running. I am not sure my son knows that a rolling pin is a kitchen utensil but I do know he loves painting with it. This is a long project we did it slowly over the whole day. It would be great for a group or classroom too!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a large piece of white paper, a few pieces of any other color construction paper, a marker, some bubble wrap, a rolling pin, paint ( blue and any other colors you want), glitter paint, glue, scissors, tape, a bowl, spoon, and googly eyes.
  2. Start by mixing your blue paint with the glitter. We used glitter glue but plain glitter will work as well.
  3. Finger paint it on the large piece of white paper. I showed my son how to make long finger “waves” to make it look like the ocean and we did that for a long time.
  4. While they finger paint, draw a bunch of fish on the other construction paper. I drew the fish because I wanted my son to know what he was painting but with older children I would have skipped drawing them and focus on getting cool prints and cut out the fish free hand once they were dry. For a toddler though a concrete obvious drawing of what we are making is important.
  5. Wrap the bubble paint around the rolling pin bubbles out.
  6. Pour some paint on a large plate or mat . We used multiple colors of paint.
  7. Roll your wrapped rolling pin in it.
  8. Roll it on the paper with the fish.
  9. Keep going until your whole “school” is painted. Let dry.
  10. When the fish are dry cut out.
  11. Glue onto the ocean
  12. Add googly eyes and let dry.

School of Fish

Game

I think I have made one of these fishing games for every class I have ever taught, my son loves it and it was a huge part of him learning his letters, all while playing!