Sunday, February 28, 2010

Craft project::Aquariums in a bottle!

This craft project was a huge hit with my students! Its so hands on and it incorporates measurement, and a science lesson on marine biology. (I omitted the glitter) I got this idea from
Here’s a science project that is also a fun craft. Create your very own ocean waves in a plastic soda bottle. A perfect summer craft.

For more great warm-weather activities, check out our listing of Summer Crafts.

What you'll need:
Empty two liter plastic bottle with lid
Clear vegetable oil or mineral oil
Blue food coloring
Small star fish, shells and other sea creatures
One tsp glitter
White craft glue
Hot glue

How to make it:
Wash and dry bottle and remove all labels.
Fill bottle halfway with tap water.
Add a few drops of blue food coloring and swirl around to mix.
Add glitter and sea creatures.
Using a funnel, fill the rest of the bottle with vegetable oil.
Be sure that rim and cap are dry, then apply white craft glue around the rim. Seal cap.
Use a layer of hot glue around the outer edge of the cap for added protection from leakage.
Turn bottle on its side and gently rock the bottle to create a “wave” inside your ocean habitat!


Use lightweight starfish, shells and other sea creature toys that can float. Test them first in a bowl or glass of water. Find these at your local craft supply store or discount department store.
Make the ocean any color you choose! Blue is standard of course, but if your child’s room is decorated with red and yellow, go with red food coloring. There’s no rule that says your ocean must be blue.

Small children will be mesmerized by this creation. They can help make this every step. Let them insert the sea creatures, hold the funnel and help add the tap water. In the steps that may be more difficult for little fingers, have them hold the bottle steady for you while you add the glitter.


Rosie said...

Now this is straight bananas Chelle! This is the perfect project for when the weather is bad. Way to go!!!

VioletPoetry said...

Thank you Rosie girl!! If you seal the lid it will last forever!! KJ will have a ball!!

VioletPoetry said...

Thank you Rosie girl!! If you seal the lid it will last forever!! KJ will have a ball!!

Anonymous said...

What is the 2-liter bottle for?

Anonymous said...

What size bottles are those? They don't look big enough to be 2-liters.