An aquarium is good for kids of all ages!

School can be so stressful – between hectic schedules, social issues, and the workload itself, kids are bombarded with tolls on their mental health. And while we don’t have the ability to overturn and rewrite the entire system, we do have the power to bring a little bit of Zen to our children’s workplaces. The effort alone shows that you take that stress seriously and want to be a source of support and comfort, and practically speaking, numerous studies have looked into the ways fish tanks aid in relaxation and help bring a sense of peace to the work environment.

desktop aquarium

This USB desktop mini tank from Docooler can be a great addition to your child’s bedroom or homework area. While it’s certainly not large enough for actual fish to live in (I recommend at least 5 gallons for even “low needs” fish like bettas), the sound of the moving water and the serene scene inside is lovely. At under ½ a gallon, the tank could house brine or fairy shrimp, or perhaps a couple of snails. It has a digital clock and calendar display, a USB port, an LED light, and a convenient pencil/accessory holder. Measuring just 9.4 x 7.9 x 3.8 inches, and priced at just $31.99 on, it’s an easy way to add a touch of nature to your home.

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