Your little mermaid (or merman) will love making this fascinating under the sea scene with you.

What you need

A plastic bottle filled with water


Different coloured pipe cleaners for seaweed


Some small pasta shells (optional)


Develops coordination and fine motor skills

Learning through watching and copying others

Develops the imagination

Increases confidence and encourages communication

And don’t forget, the everyday things you do together make a big difference and can help your child to grow up healthier and happier.

How long will it take?

30 mins

What to do

  1. Stick the pipe cleaners to the inside lid of the bottle to look like seaweed.

    bottle with pipe cleaners and glitter
  2. Ask your child to add glitter to the water, and then put the lid on tightly. You could even add pasta ‘shells’ to complete the underwater effect.

    bottle with pipe cleaners and glitter