Underwater Explorer


Design your own underwater exploration invention using recycled materials.


1. Investigate the exciting world of science fiction and underwater exploration. Read about Jules Verne, the father of science fiction, who was born on February 8, 1828. Research the history of watercraft and predict future possibilities for underwater travel.

2. Design your own underwater explorer, or replicate a Jules Verne-type invention. Keep in mind water pressures, temperature, light availability, currents, animal life, and other scientific factors. Sketch your design with Crayola® Colored Pencils.

3. Use a variety of craft and recycled materials such as cardboard tubes, craft sticks, beads, small boxes, chenille sticks, and unused coffee filters to construct your apparatus.

4. Create unique platforms and observation instruments protruding from your vessel by cutting pieces of paper or craft materials with Crayola Scissors. Attach pieces to the apparatus with Crayola School Glue. Dry.

5. Cover your work area with recycled newspaper. Decorate your modern explorer with colorful Crayola Washable Paints and Paint Brushes. Include windows and doors with Crayola Washable Glitter Glue. Dry.

6. Add fine details with Crayola Markers.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Recycled Cardboard Tubes—Use paper towel tubes, gift-wrap tubes, or long cardboard tubes that can be cut to any length. Health professionals caution against using recycled toilet paper tubes for arts & crafts projects because of the potential fecal contamination.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Wood—By its nature, wood is rough and may contain splinters or sharp points


  • To further assess children's understanding of underwater exploration, children use Crayola Regular and Metallic Colored Pencils to draw cut-away scenes of the interiors of their underwater explorers, complete with labels and captions explaining the corridors and compartments. Detailed control panels and innovative exploration mechanisms are indicators of students' scientific understandings.
  • Read aloud classic science fiction literature, or form small book groups to read and discuss together. Identify literary elements common to science fiction, and work together to examine character, plot, and setting.
  • Write original works of science fiction to bring underwater explorers to life.
  • Younger students and those with special needs may work best with a partner. Students can take turns holding and attaching materials and can brainstorm ways to solve problems. Encourage students to share ideas so all inventions are the best they can be.

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crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Washable Kid's Paint
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Glitter Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • recycled boxes
  • craft sticks
  • beads
  • paper towels
  • coffee filters
  • chenille sticks
  • container(s) of water
  • recycled gift wrap or paper towel roll



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • Special Needs


  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Children read and respond to science fiction literature, such as that written by Jules Verne.

  • Students research characteristics of deep-sea environments and use this information to design an underwater exploration apparatus.

  • Students consider basic scientific laws, engineering principles, properties of materials, and construction techniques in designing and problem-solving during their construction.


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