Wouldn't it be amazing if we could grow our own food? We've all heard about hydroponics but have you heard about aquaponics? It's a food production system which merges the benefits of aquaculture (growing of fish) and hydroponics (growing of vegetables in water). Essentially, plants (and naturally occurring micro-organisms) grow by using the nutrients from the waste water produced by fishes and in turn helps to keep the water clean to live in.

This printable art activity is a fun way to introduce your child to the basic concepts of aquaponics. Perhaps this might pique their interest to set up an actual aquaponics system at home!

Printable & Activity Objectives

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Age: 6 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 1-2 hours, Items Needed: Colour pencils

In this activity, your child will learn about the water and nutrient cycle in an aquaponic system by drawing and colouring the various components of a simple D.I.Y. aquaponics rig.

It will help your child or student:

  • Learn about how eco-systems work in the natural world and how different living things work together to keep their environments liveable.
  • Think more critically about different ways of food production and how we can make them more sustainable for the environment.

Let's go!


How to Get Started

Simple steps to start:

  • Research and find our more about aquaponics. This is an interesting video about the basics of aquaponics and how its potential to alleviate the pollution pressures on our environment.

Here's a video showing how to build a simple D.I.Y. home based aquaponics rig. Important: The video contains the use of power tools. Children should never use power tools unsupervised.

  • Start working on the printable.

What's in the Printable Pack

This printable pack consists of 1 printable sheet with prompts for your child to complete the D.I.Y. home based aquaponics rig.

Click on the download link below to get started. Please note that this printable pack is only for paid members.