Make Your Own Under Water Scene

This activity is simple to do and can help make water play that bit more interesting and educational for all children.

You will need:

  • Blue paper
  • Photos or photocopied colouring pages of fish
  • Photos or Photocopied colouring pages of coral reef
  • Sticky tape
  • Glue
  • Paint in a range of colour
  • Clear water tray


Firstly measure and cut to size enough blue paper to cover the outside of your water tray. If you do not have any blue paper you could always paint some plain paper with the children. Next cut out the photos of the fish and coral reef and glue these to your blue paper. Alternatively provide the children with colouring pages for them to paint their own fish, cut them out and glue these to the blue paper. If completing this activity with older children they may be able to cut out and glue the pictures on themselves. Once all your pictures have been glued to the blue paper, tape the blue paper to the outside of the water tray with the pictures against the tray. Now you are ready to fill your water tray with water and plastic fish or boats for the children to play with and enjoy.

Younger children will enjoy looking at the bright colours they can see through the water. While with older children you could use this activity as an opportunity to teach them about fish and other sea animals as well as the coral reef, and it can easily be linked into an underwater theme.

Areas of learning covered:

  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Personal and Social development
  • Mathematical development
  • Physical development
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