From Xplor for Kids
August 2012 Issue

How to: Make an Underwater Viewer

Publish Date

Aug 01, 2012

Interesting insects, colorful fish and camouflaged crawdads await discovery just beneath the riffles of a stream. Build an underwater viewer to calm the water and see what you’ve been missing.

Gather These Supplies

  • A coffee can, potato chip tube or other cylinder-shaped food container
  • Clear plastic wrap
  • Rubber bands
  • Duct tape

Build your viewer

  • Ask an adult to cut out the bottom of a coffee can or other food container. This will make a tube that’s open on both ends.
  • Stretch a piece of plastic wrap over one end of the tube to form a smooth, tight window. Snap a rubber band around the tube to hold the plastic in place.
  • Wrap duct tape around the tube to seal the plastic wrap. It may take several rounds of tape to make the plastic wrap waterproof.
  • Head to your favorite stream, lower the window of the viewer into the water, and see how many cool creatures you can spot

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Camping With Dad

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Wild Jobs: Tree Climber Ryan Russell

Arborist Ryan Russell goes out on a limb to keep trees healthy.

Strange But True

Your guide to all the unusual, unique, and unbelievable stuff that goes on in nature.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Brett Dufur
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Kevin Lanahan
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
Tim Smith
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

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