Pinterest in Real Life - Fish Tank

Pinterest in Real Life -  Pinterest projects don’t always go as planned.  Often the end result doesn’t look like the perfect pictures you see, but it’s not about how it looks.  The important thing is that you’re exposing your kids to new shared experiences.  It doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect to be fun or playful.  


I love to do arts and crafts projects with my kids.  One of my most favorite memories of doing an arts and crafts project is when my daughter and I did a fish tank craft a few years ago.  She was finally old enough to focus for longer than a couple of minutes and really seemed to enjoy it.  I wanted to revisit this kind of activity, so when I saw this post from Nurture Store, I felt inspired.  

I found as big a cardboard box as I could because I wanted to make a bigger fish tank.  I cut the flaps so that there was only an inch or two left, then used tape to create the frame of the fish tank.

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We used foil for the background inside the box. I put out all sorts of markers, paper and glitter and waited to see what they wanted to use.  My son really enjoyed using the dot a dot markers to make coral for the background. Both of them used those markers to decorate the outside of the fish tank as well.  

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And someone found the glitter....

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Of course, we needed fish for our fish tank, so we made some, with plenty of glitter.  I cut a couple of slits in the top of the box and attached the fish to yarn tied to a q-tip so they could move the fish around in the fish tank.  

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All that fun meant my living room was kind of a disaster afterwards.  I’m still cleaning up glitter, but it kept my kids busy and we had a good time.  It may not be Pinterest pretty, but it was fun!

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Have you tried a Pinterest project with your kids? Did your living room look like this when it was over? How did it go?

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