Your kids will love following the unexpected friendship of a girl and a fish through the stunning images in this wordless picture book by Cynthia Alonso.

Inspired by her creative aquariums, we gathered a few simple supplies to make our own.


  • jar
  • tissue paper
  • white glue and water (or modge podge)
  • foam paintbrush
  • aquarium "fillings" (sand, rock, shells, plant cuttings...)
  • fish (we cut ours from construction paper)
  • thread
  • tape


1.  Create your own "modge podge" by mixing 3 parts glue to 1 part water


2. Using your white glue mixture, paint a thin layer on one side of the jar.  Place tissue paper over the wet glue, and paint again on top of the tissue paper to hold it in place.  Repeat painting on tissue paper with glue until one side of the jar is covered.


3. Fill jar aquarium as desired.  We used some sand, pebbles, shells, and cuttings from a bush. 


4.  Tape one end of the thread onto the back of your paper fish, and tape the other end onto the side of the jar or underside of the lid.


Pretty cute, right?? The perfect, low maintenance pet!