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Thursday, 25 April 2013

Small World Aquarium

Firstly apologies for my lack of posts recently We have been quite busy recently including prepping for Daniels birthday party which I will be posting about in a couple of weeks.

We have started working on the letter F, however fitting in activity's has been as hard as posting about them! An aquarium small world box (from my small potato's) was one of the first I found on pintrest & have been collecting clear box's (without holes) since, however once i saw it all set up it occurred to me that take away or sandwich boxes would have worked just as well!

 So we started out with our 6 plastic 'tanks' all the fish we could find (includes Duplo, Lego & bath toys) Some plastic pond weed, rocks, & 2 types of aquarium gravel. I let the boys decide what fish would live in each tank & what gravel etc they would like.

We then used a small watering can to add water to each tank. 
I still find it really hard to let them do things by themselves, even if they are making a mess, but trying to take photos helps keep my hands busy!

We then decided that some people (Duplo, Happyland, & Little People) would like to come & visit our aquarium. And the fish needed more food, so lettuce leaves it was...

They then needed a net to catch the fish & check they were well.

 This was one of our most successful small world boxes to date, they played for over an hour & didn't even leave it when the door bell went. 
We kept it out for the next day & it evolved in to transferring the stones between the tanks & i even think they were creating food & selling it to each other at one point. Most of the water stayed in the main box & other than the odd bit of gravel on the kitchen floor was mess free :-)

x Jo x


  1. I love the idea of small world boxes, thanks so much for sharing! They certainly look as though they enjoyed themselves :)

    Thanks so much for linking up!

  2. This is a lovely idea to follow up a visit to an aquarium. I like it so much and the idea of creating a small world in a series of boxes in a box is also genius x I am new to your blog and am about to sit and read it, ALL! x x x

  3. What a great idea! Lovely post - I'm definitely going to have to try this, my 4yo would love it :) #MessyPlay

  4. This is such a great idea for small world, am definitely saving this for future play! x

  5. What a terrific idea. Please share it (and any others) on my family-focused Kid Corner @ You may just get highlighted next week :-) Jennifer

  6. water makes everything more fun! am pinning and sharing this at this week's kid's co-op on my site.

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  8. I like the idea of a small world aquarium. I bet when they gown up, they will surely love fish and fish tank aquarium.