Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fish in a Bottle- a travel aquarium

This is another travel idea aimed at my 14 month old, Bam Bam.

This activity was inspired by the Bright and Beyond Baby Playtime Activity Cards. They did it with only one water balloon and a sharpie face, but why use one balloon when you could use 5? And why use a sharpie when you could use googly eyes?

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The boys were happily entertained at the train table the day I made this, so I popped into the kitchen and watched them while I was gluing google eyes onto water balloons. Bam Bam noticed that I was doing something fun first, and within seconds I had two screaming children begging for fish at my feet. So, I made two, put them away, and am fairly sure this will keep them both happy at least for a little while on the plane. Obviously, I am bringing the bottles empty and adding water once we get through security. And unfortunately, it won't be colored water on the plane. But for car trips or a quiet activity in a waiting room or at a restaurant, colored water would make this more fun!

To make the fish you just need a little puff of air in small water balloons. Make the knot and voila! Fish! Use your favorite waterproof adhesive (I used superglue because I wasn't sure about hot glue in water) to attach some small googly eyes. Squeeze the fish through the opening, add some water, use some adhesive on the top if you will not be on a plane, and you have an adorable, portable aquarium!

I think this is fun for not only shaking and watching where the fish go (which is mostly what Bam Bam will be doing), but also for talking about colors and counting, which we will do with both boys, but Boogie will be more into the counting than Bam Bam, obviously. Colors are old hat for Boogie, but we can review them for Bam Bam's sake.

Hope you are all enjoying these cheap, easy DIY travel activities as much as I am enjoying making them! :)

Linking up to these great parties!


  1. This is TOO CUTE ... I love it! What amazing activities you're preparing for your trip! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Traveling with Kids Board at

  2. This is adorable and could be great for an ocean unit as well. Just pinned this. Vicky from

  3. What a GREAT idea! What a clever thing for little ones to play with in the car! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week =-)

  4. This is such a great idea - a perfect travel toy. Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Tots last week. I've featured this posts on my blog this week as one of my favorites. Please feel free to pop over and grab a featured at button. (

  5. this is so cute. What a great idea

  6. Found you featured at For the Kids Friday and I love this idea. We will have to try it, but I'm thinking about using a 2 liter bottle...

  7. Love this, what a great idea and super cute. My daughter hates the car and we travel a lot I am going to make this for our next trip! I would love for you to share this on our Made for or by kids Linky

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