If you have never heard of aquascaping before, it is something that you and your kids can do together, already making it quite an attractive home hobby. There is more to it than that though, because aquascaping is one of those things that teaches creativity, responsibility, and it is a ton of fun too, not to mention fairly relaxing. If you are unsure of what aquascaping is, it is more or less a combination of gardening and fish keeping.
Kind of like an indoor underwater garden with fish in it. Before you say that aquascaping is probably too expensive for you, just keep in mind that all you really need are a couple plants and fish, a tank, a light, filter, and a protein skimmer probably wouldn’t hurt (this site covers skimmers in more detail). The point is that in the long run aquascaping is actually a fairly inexpensive hobby that is fun, relaxing, and creative too. Let’s talk about why an aquascape can work wonders for your kid’s creativity.
Choosing The Aquascape
One reason why aquascaping will spur on your kid’s creativity is because there is so much to choose from. There are many different kinds of aquascapes, each of which looks very different and contains different plants and animals.
For example, there are marine aquascapes, ocean floor aquascapes, coral reef aquascapes, beach aquascapes, river aquascapes, mountain aquascapes, jungle aquascapes, rain forest aquascapes, desert aquascapes, plains aquascapes, and much more. The point is that there are many different kinds of scenery to choose from. That alone will take up a lot of time for your kids, keeping them busy, and out of your hair!
Choosing The Animals & Plants
Your kids are also going to have a ton of fun and will get to use their creative juices when choosing which animals are going to live in the brand new aquascape. A jungle or rain forest aquascape could have some tropical fish or even frogs. A marine aquascape could have various oceanic fish. A coral reef aquascape can have some really colorful fish, starfish, and even seahorses too. A river aquascape could have freshwater fish and/or turtles.
The point is that your child can choose an aquascape and then choose the corresponding animals for it. Your kids might choose an animal that does not work too well in the aquascape they want to build, but as long as the parameters are right for survival, it does not really matter. The same goes for the plants.
If you really want to spur on your child’s imagination, let them choose the plants, the colors, the heights, whether they are grasses, flowers, bushes, or miniature tress. Letting your child build their own aquascape from scratch will do wonders in terms of creativity.
An Imaginary World
So, if you have a child that is under 10 years old, they might still live in their imagination and have many imaginary friends. After all, that is what being a kid is all about, letting your imagination take hold and spending the day in a world made just for you. Well, that is kind of what an aquascape is, a little world that your kids have created and can imagine themselves being a part of. Kids love to put themselves into situations and pretend to be superheroes and all kinds of things like that.
Maybe if you get an aquascape that looks like a jungle, your kid might pretend to be George of The Jungle. Your kid might create an ocean aquascape where they can imagine themselves being a merman, Aquaman, or some other less lame super hero.
The point is that an aquascape will let you kid’s imagination run wild by allowing them to free themselves from the real world and spend a few minutes in a fantasy that they helped to create. Who knows, maybe helping your child build an aquascape now will turn them into an awesome fantasy novel writer some day!
Being creative is really important, especially at a young age, and learning to be creative is half the battle. With something as simple as an aquascape you can really spur on your child’s imagination and get their creative juices flowing. Plus, aquascapes look really nice in any room, and they are extremely relaxing to look at too! If you are more into traditional gardening then you might like this post on designing your own garden.