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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-23-2013, 03:41 AM Thread Starter
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Project ideas for little kid

I just got my kids a new 46 gallon freshwater aquarium with sculptures and artificial seaweed. They're 7 and 5 years old, and asking to do a creative arts project for their new aquarium. What could we do? First thing that came to mind is a small underwater decoration, but I'm not sure what material to use. Can play doh be used after it hardens (i'm guessing not). Any ideas for any project for little kids is appreciated.

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Making little PVC or clay pot caves with substrate siliconed on or java moss attached to it should be fun for that age :-)
Or failing that a moss wall background , it will keep them interested when they start seeing growth.

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-23-2013, 04:49 AM
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Color a background that would be placed outside, behind the tank.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-24-2013, 06:00 AM
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I think I've heard you can use fimo/sculpey type clays in an aquarium after they are cured (oven baking, I think? I dunno, I've never used them for anything)
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I was 5 and 7 once. Take them to the creeks and collect as many critters as they can find.

Then take some of them home that you think you can manage to keep.
Do this every few weeks and rotate various species around.

They will be very happy.

Few things make kids that age happier than playing in a creek.

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Originally Posted by plantbrain View Post
Few things make kids that age happier than playing in a creek.
Good call, I forgot about that. I grew up about a mile or so from a stream, and spent a good part of my free time there flipping over rocks and catching things. A bit older, and I had a kid's microscope, which was a great compliment to this.

Back in college I kept a few crayfish that I got out of a local creek, but there wasn't much they could be kept with.
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I second the creeks, when I was 7 even until I was in high school, even now! I love going to creeks and lakes and flipping rocks you never know what your going to find. Bugs, snakes, crayfish, lizards. Love it, love the suspense and unknowing

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Sculpy works. Make stuff, and bake it per the instructions. You have some cool homemade aquarium decorations.

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I would be hesitant on collecting critters from a creek for stocking. That's introducing the possibility of the unknown. But that's just me. Your better off making a field trip to the lfs. Its not free is the only downside. Now collecting hardscape materials is easier. It can be treated and prepared for aquarium usage.

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A mosquito farm is also a lot of fun. Set a bucket of water outside where it gets some sun (not sure why this helps, but it does)

Check it every day for mosquito larvae.

Once you get some, feed the larvae to the fish. It's a lot of fun watching the fish go crazy trying to hunt down the mosquitos.

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