Paper Plate Aquarium

Paper plates are a key item in our craft box. They are so useful as a paint palette whenever Jessica is doing painting or as the basis of a craft project. This week we’ve been making a paper plate aquarium.


A Paper Plate Aquarium made with rice krispies, with cardboard fish and tissue paper plants

You will need:

  • A blue paper plate (we used a white one that we had painted blue)
  • Puffed rice cereal
  • Fish shapes cut from coloured card
  • Green tissue paper strips
  • PVA glue
  • Marker pen


A blue paper plate, glue, puffed rice cereal, cardboard fish shapes and tissue paper strips


1) Spread glue across the bottom half of the plate.


Jessica spreading glue across the bottom half of the paper plate


2) Sprinkle puffed rice cereal all over the glue and shake off the excess.


Jessica spreading puffed rice cereal across the paper plate

3) Glue on some fish shapes. Draw eyes and mouths on the fish shapes with a marker pen.


4) Add some green tissue paper strips for seaweed. Jessica enjoyed scrunching up the tissue paper and having little seaweed balls too.


Jessica gluing on tissue paper strips for seaweed

She was really pleased with her aquarium. It was such a nice simple pre-school craft activity. I’ll be giving it a try again this week when I run the craft session at toddler group.

Jessica's finished paper plate aquarium

34 thoughts on “Paper Plate Aquarium

  1. We’ve done a similar activity using lentils instead of rice krispies and made the fish by drawing around the child’s hand.


  2. This is great! My toddlers will love doing this – especially love the puffed rice. Very creative!

  3. This looks like great fun & really simple too! My son made a really cool one at school using a shoe box on it’s side x

  4. Looks lovely! We made one a few weeks ago, and it was a fun project πŸ™‚ #letkidsbekids

  5. A lovely fishy craft idea. Love the use of the rice krispies for the sea bed. We ve had a go at making goldfish bowls today using paperplates and bubblewrap. #letkidsbekids

  6. Such a cheap and simple idea that looks like it kept Jessica entertained. She looks so sweet too. I used to enjoy making things with the children when they were little, now they’d look at me like I was crackers!

  7. Lucas says – What an AWESOME idea. This is such a cool aquarium………… and if you get a little hungry when making it, you also have a snack available. Works for me!!! Thanks for linking to #minicreations

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