I Spy Bottles – beautiful discovery bottles in a rainbow of colours…
What child doesn’t love to play “I Spy“? Every year, here in my daycare, we make a set of I spy bottles or discovery bottles. You should check out the Ocean in a Bottle that we made recently! It’s SO cool! The hooligans love the process of making these bottles. It’s a great combination of water-play, fine-motor development and colour exploration. I love that the bottles cost nothing to make and that they end up being a great source of learning and entertainment in our play room or yard.
This particular set of I spy bottles might just be my favourite yet, because we set out to specifically make one for each colour of the rainbow.
What you’ll need to make a set of I Spy Bottles:
Part of the fun is gathering all of the goodies that you’ll use to fill the bottles. The hooligans and I went on a “treasure hunt”, searching through the toy-room, craft room and kitchen drawers, looking for small, colourful objects to use in our bottles.
Suggested items for your I spy bottles:
- foam pieces
- bread tags
- chopped up straws
- pipe cleaners
- pony beads
- glass beads
- lego pieces
- barbie/polly pocket shoes
- rubber bands
- marker lids
Once we’d collected lots of goodies, I set each child up with a bowl of coloured items and a clean, empty plastic bottle.
Fine motor-fun and water play, what toddler doesn’t love that combination?
Dropping the items in the bottle is great for fine motor development, and lots of fun of course (they probably poured the items out and dropped them back in 3 or 4 times before I had to convince them that they were ready to move on to the next step).
Next, they filled their bottles with water, all the way to the top, and put the caps back on the bottles. I gave each lid a super-hard twist to prevent little hands from removing them. Our bottles are outside for play, but if you’re going to keep yours inside, a little hot glue around the inside of the lid, before you put the cap on, isn’t a bad idea.
Aren’t they pretty? I love how they reflect the sunlight.
We have ours set up on a table in the backyard, and they look so colourful and cheery.
The hooligans have fun tipping the bottles upside down to watch which items float to the top, and which ones sink to the bottom.
And of course, it’s fun trying to find and identify all of the objects inside of our colourful I Spy Bottles.
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