I Spy Bottles – beautiful discovery bottles in a rainbow of colours…
Every year we do some kind of colourful water bottle craft. This year, we’ve been busy making these rainbow I Spy Bottles.
Click on the following links to see the bottles we’ve had fun making in the past. There were our beautiful Bottle Babies, which are still in use outside in the back yard. They’ve survived a winter or two despite being left out in freezing temperatures, and there were the Discovery Bottles that we made about 3 years ago, using coloured water and matching odds and ends.
This year, I decided we’d go with clear water in all the bottles, but we’d fill each bottle with items of a distinct colour so that we’d end up with each colour of the rainbow being represented.
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.
- 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 filled with their coloured items and a clean, empty plastic bottle.
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 to try and identify all of the objects inside.
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