Since we’re learning about things that live in the ocean this week we made a fish aquarium today. We are pretending that we caught some fish in the ocean and we are keeping them as pets in our aquarium.
Here’s what you’ll need: 2 paper plates, construction paper in various colors, tissue paper- green and blue, glue, wiggly eyes and some clear plastic wrap. Also- not pictured- you’ll need tape and adult scissors.
We used tissue paper to make the plate blue- but if you have a blue paper plate that would be easier. I would have preferred to have painted the plate blue, but since we are in transition from one house to the next right now our paint is somewhere in my parents garage. So, we used tissue paper.
While your child is busy gluing the tissue paper on (or painting the plate) cut out the center of the 2nd paper plate. Also cut out some little circles to decorate this paper plate. Then have your child glue those circles on the plate with the missing center.
While your child glues the circles on, cut out some seaweed and some fish. I also tore up some tissue paper to be used for seaweed. Normally I would have Hailey tear the tissue paper up (very good for those little muscles in the fingers), but her hands were all covered in glue from the previous steps, so I just did it for her.
Put everything together. We scrunched up the tissue paper to look like seaweed at the bottom and glued the fish on. I had actually planned to add some seashells, but could not find my collection.
Stretch a piece of clear plastic wrap onto the back of the plate with the center cut out. Tape it in place. This was the hardest step- once I finally got it stretched nice and tight, Hailey hit it with her hand and it came undone.
Use the piece you cut out of the middle of the one plate to make a stand on the back of the aquarium.
Our finished fish aquarium.