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What you will need

– any size glass container with lid
– paper from the recycling bin
– eco-friendly packing tape
– paperclips
– shells or rocks
– pencil
– scissors
– magnets

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Step 1: Create the Sea Creatures

Give your child a stack of paper from the recycling bin, a pencil and a pair of scissors. Then, ask them to draw two or three sea creatures.

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Step 2: Seal the Sea Creatures

Place a piece of eco-friendly packing tape on each side of the sea creature to make it waterproof. Then, cut the sea creature shape out again – making sure not to break the tape seal at the edges. Use a small hole punch or awl to create a hole in the top of your sea creature.

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Step 3: Secure the Sea Creatures

Fill the bottom of the jar with seashells or rocks. Then, place two heavy duty magnets on the inside of the lid. Attach a paperclip to the sea creature, and then attach a piece of string to the paperclip. Attach the other end of the string to another paperclip and secure that paperclip to the magnet on the inside of the lid. The force of the magnet on the lid will keep the sea creature floating to the top of the jar, while the bottom paperclip will cause the sea creature to slowly “swim” about.

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Step 4: Enjoy your Fish Tank

Place the fish tank in a bright spot of your child’s bedroom and watch them beam. My son loved the fish tank and wanted to put it on his desk. He likes the way bubbles show up when a light is shined inside and he thought creating the sea creatures was the most fun!