I am so excited to share this squish bag fish bowl. They are fun to make and play with afterwards. By squishing the bag the fish “swim” around the fish bowl.
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I was inspired by a squish bag project I recently saw on Dabbling Momma. When I saw Dabbling Momma’s project I immediately thought about fish swimming in water, so we made a squish bag fish bowl.
- Clear hair gel (I purchased it at the Dollar Tree)
- 2 White paper plates
- Blue paint
- Quart size storage bag (go cheap on the hair gel, but get a heavy duty baggie)
- Glue (I used a hot glue gun)
- Fish (I spotted the fish we used at Hobby Lobby. They are actually magnets, but they work for this project. They were part of their spring line and marked off 60%). Try this option: Kids Plastic Tropical Fish.
1. Cut out center of one paper plate leaving the outside edge.
2. Paint outside edge blue. We did a couple coats of paint; letting it dry between each coat.
3. Fill a quart size bag with clear hair gel.
4. Add fish to bag filled with hair gel. Make sure the bag is sealed. You could even add a little glue or tape if you want to make it extra durable.
5. Lay bag on top of paper plate. If your bag has a label make sure you place the label side down.
6. Fold corners under bag and glue. I used a low heat glue gun.
7. Glue blue painted edge to the top, securing it with glue. I used the glue gun again to attach the top piece.
These squish bags are also called sensory bags. They help kids expand their sense of touch and adventure. They can also be soothing and relaxing for kids.