I had seen a few different tutorials for these before using coffee cans or any cylindrical container really, but when my oldest saw the tutorial in the latest Family Fun magazine I thought that using a container with a lid was a great idea.

We added it to our “things to make” list for the summer and decided that we’d finally make it when we got a good container. We emptied out a salsa container from Costco and put it to good use!

Basically for this version you cut a hole in the lid and the bottom of the container. I used an Xacto circle cutter tool I got from an Elmers Craft and Tell party with Mom Endeavors (I never got a chance to talk about it but thanks SO much Sara for having me!)

Then you take a piece of plastic wrap and lay it over the top

Then, making sure you leave some slack (this helps magnify what you see a bit when the pressure of the water pushes it in) you put the lid back on and it holds the plastic wrap in place! If you have a container without a lid you can secure the plastic wrap with a rubberband.

Then you can cut the extra, but if you have boys who can’t hold anything still like mine I’d just skip this step since you may need to re-adjust the plastic wrap or even put a new piece on before you use it.

Then you go out and explore a world underwater. I love the activities that need no direction. You give them something to view underwater life and they know just what to do 🙂


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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

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