This pet is one that you can take anywhere you like, and it's quite safe - even if you have a piranha!

You will need:
  • fast food meal box
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrushes
  • scissors
  • cereal box card
  • felt pen
  • string
  • sticky tape
  • glue
Save one of the boxes you get from fast food restaurants with the handles.

Carefully pull the glue edges apart, and try not to rip it.
Cut the circle shape out.
Lie it flat with the plain side up.
In each of the big blank bits, draw a rectangle with three straight sides, and a wavy bottom.

The rectangle needs to be about 1.5cm from the edges and you need to do the same with all four bits. Don't worry if it's not perfect, as the lines don't need to be.
Cut out the middle bits so that you are left with a box with four windows.
Paint and decorate the box all over to suit the pet you're making.

Use acrylic paint as it sticks better to the shiny card, and will cover up any design already on it.
Because we're making a fish, on the inside it's blue, with waves in silver pen.

On the outside, we have some nice stripes for the fish tank.
When you've painted it all, and the paint is dry, fold it all back into its proper shape, and glue it carefully together.
Once you've glued it back together, you need to make a flat base to neaten it up on the inside. To do this, draw around the bottom of the box onto some cereal box card, and decorate it.

Add some glue on the back, and stick it into the box.
While it's drying, make your pet. Draw your pet onto some cereal box card, cut it out, and then drawing around this one onto some more card, and cut that one out too. The design should face one way on one side, and the other way on the other side.
Paint and stick them to either side of a piece of string that's about 10cm long.Finally tape your pet to the inside of the roof, on your cage, and there you have it - a portable pet.

And you can do whatever pet you like - how about a spider, or even an octopus?

Try it yourself!