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What's swimming in front of your eyes? Are those swaying anemones plants or animals? Fill an imaginary aquarium with underwater acrobats!
Have students observe an aquarium, either in the classroom or on a visit to a local aquarium or pet store. Students research which underwater creatures can live together, and which must be kept separate. Find out how live plants contribute to aquarium life. How are salt-water and fresh-water creatures cared for?
Students create a realistic aquarium scene using a recycled shoe box.
Students cut two matching holes in the top middle sides of the box. Insert a dowel stick into the holes and hang the Aquarium Acrobats from the stick.
On the inside and back of the aquarium, use Crayola Crayons to draw ocean creatures and plant life. Press hard to make a heavy layer of wax.
Students cover their art area with newspaper. Paint the outside of your aquarium with Crayola Washable Kid's Paint. Inside the box, finish painting the underwater scene with fish, coral reefs, plants, and water. When painting over the crayon, it will resist the paint. The fish and plants will look like they are in water. Dry.
Students use Crayola crayons and Crayola Washable Markers to design more fish and sea creatures on white paper. Cut them out. Design the backs of the cutouts so that when they do their acrobat tricks they will be colorful. Punch a hole in the top of each one. Tie string through holes and to the dowel stick so the Aquarium Acrobats can swim.
Spread Crayola School Glue on the bottom of the box. Cover with aquarium gravel or sandpaper while the glue is wet. Add seashells or other craft items to the aquarium if desired.
Glue blue or clear plastic wrap across the open areas to look like glass in an aquarium. Wiggle and twist the dowel stick to see the Aquarium Acrobats in motion.
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