How to Make an Underwater Viewer

Hi! Allison Waken from All for the Boys here sharing a favorite summer craft of ours for the Get Out and Play Summer Series here at Make and Takes.

We live in the desert of Phoenix, AZ so outdoor play usually involves water! This underwater viewer is simple, can be made using whatever you have in your recycle bin and helps the kids discover a little more of the world around them.

Underwater viewer - fun outdoor summer activity

Start with a cylindrical plastic container with a lid. This is a fun project to try with different sized containers to see which you like best!

Underwater viewer - fun outdoor summer activity

Cut out the bottom of the container. I have a fancy circle cutting gadget, but just a craft knife or scissors will do!

Underwater viewer - fun outdoor summer activity

Do the same to the lid, leaving a bit of a lip.

Underwater viewer - fun outdoor summer activity

Cut a piece of plastic wrap a bit larger than the top of the container. Place across the top leaving just a bit of slack.

Underwater viewer - fun outdoor summer activity

Use the lid to hold the plastic on nice and tight. If you don’t have a lid you can use a few rubber bands.

Underwater viewer - fun outdoor summer activity

Trim off the excess and get ready to explore!

Underwater viewer - fun outdoor summer activity

Underwater viewer - fun outdoor summer activity

It’s a fun way to make seeing under the water a bit easier and the slack you left acts as a bit of a magnifier once the water pressure causes it to bulge inward.

We love outdoor water activities! If you’re looking for more ideas, check out our cup races, squirt gun targets, floating paper boats or diy centrifuge sprinkler. I hope you are encouraged to get outside and explore! For more fun, check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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