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Fun weekend craft for kids: Let’s make an aquarium!

If you're looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift that will make mom smile, this might do the trick! Let’s make her an aquarium!

It’s time to put away the tablets and switch off the television. Weekends are the perfect time to have some good old-fashioned fun with your children, and with Mother’s Day just around the corner, this can double as a great gift for mom! Grab the kids, the scissors, paint and boxes, and get ready to get arty with this cost-effective craft perfect for gifting. Granny may even want to help with this fun activity, so grab her, too!

Ocean Aquarium

This is a very fun activity for everyone and not very difficult to make!  Dad and granny can help with the more difficult tasks such as cutting out the fish and other sea animals.

What you will need:

  • Any size box, but it will work better if the box is bigger than a shoebox. This will be the background for your ocean scene.
  • Mid blue, grey, and Aquamarine Acrylic paint.
  • A large paintbrush.
  • Small rocks, pepples, leaves (for seaweed) and shells
  • Green pipe cleaners or green cardboard to make seaweed.
  • Thread to hang sea animals from the box.
  • Old magazines or books to cut out sea animals and a sea background to paste on your blue background.
  • Thin cardboard to glue to the back of your sea animals.
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • All-purpose glue

How to make it:

  1. Paint the inside of your box with the mid-blue paint and use a little bit of the aquamarine paint in between to create the ocean effect.
  2. Paint the outside of your box with the grey paint and let it dry.
  3. Cut out a sea background from an old magazine or book and paste it to the back of your ‘ocean’ box on the inside.
  4. Cut out pictures of sea life traced from colouring-in books, found on the Internet or in old magazines and glue the back of the pictures to the thin cardboard. Cut out and colour in with the crayons.
  5. Make small holes in the top side of your box and in your sea-life cut-outs. Feed the thread through and hang your sea creatures from the box.
  6. Cut out your seaweed from green cardboard and paste it to the bottom of your box or use green pipe cleaners to make seaweed and also glue them to your background.
  7. Glue any small stones and shells to the bottom of the box.


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