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What better way to explore sea life than with a life size aquarium! Children can walk in and explore the wonders of the deep all without ever getting wet!

Do you have a space under stairs that the children can walk or crawl into? This would be the perfect space for your aquarium. Ours was under a stair case that led up to a teachers loft.


Even if you do not have that kind of space that’s okay! You can always use an appliance box.

Space needed:

A corner area

Under stairs

Large appliance box


Fish and plants:

Tissue paper

Tape or stapler



Card stock






--  Lay out foil or wax paper

--  Allow children to finger paint using the blue, green and or white paint

--  Allow to dry

--  Attach to walls using tape

* We used one color and let allowed it to dry, and then used an additional color for a more realistic color effect.

* Foil adds a reflective quality for the water

Aquarium in a corner with windows


Use plastic wrap and paint as above

Tape to windows




Use window paints



Blue, white, green paint

Wax paper, foil

Plastic wrap (optional)




Butcher paper



Markers, crayons, paint



Aquarium floor

--  Cut butcher paper to size

--  Paint a layer of glue on butcher paper

--  Sprinkle sand over glue

-- Add sea shells in various places on glue

-- Allow to dry

-- Attach to floor with duct tape

Aquarium ceiling


Drape crepe paper


Hang a green or blue sheet

Low from ceiling using fishing line

Aquarium floor:

Brown butcher paper

Sand (optional)



Sea shells various sizes

Clear plastic string

Hole punch

Duct tape

Stencils of sea life (Extra large and normal size)

Plastic plants ( dollar store) 

Fish and plants

To make large stencils:

--  Photo copy stencils onto card stock (set zoom to desired size)

--  Cut out

--  Laminate (will last for a long time)



--  Using stencils draw onto tissue paper or card stock

--  Cut out

--  Decorate

--  Punch one or two holes into tissue paper

* use tape to strengthen holes so string will not rip through it

--  Thread string through holes

--  Attach to ceiling or walls of “aquarium”


For stuffed fish


--  Place two pieces of the same size of tissue paper fish together

--  Tape or staple along edges leave on side open

--  Stuff using more tissue paper or face tissue

--  Tape or staple remaining edge

--  Decorate

--  Punch one or two holes into tissue paper

* use tape to strengthen holes so string will not rip through it

--  Thread string through holes

--  Attach to ceiling or walls of “aquarium

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