After a failed attempt yesterday at an acorn discovery bottle I decided to do more research into other ideas. The bottle I had used was too big for Adam so I found a pack of 6 small bottles from Asda for 63p which were easier for Adam to hold. After researching on the internet I realised it was easier to see what I had available in my kitchen cupboards.
Here is what I put in each bottle:
1) I poured out a little of the water already in the bottle and added a few drops of red food colouring. I topped up the bottle with baby oil. I don’t think this bottle had the desired effect and looked pretty ugly!
2) Again using the water already in the bottle I just added glitter paper usually used in piñatas.
3) We can’t normally use Coco pops in a play activity due to Adam’s milk intolerance. However, a discovery bottle is a great place to use them! I added some Bob the Builder pasta and Adam could shake the bottles to find the pieces.
4) We have had some Despicable Me Minion wooden beads around the house for some time but I haven’t let Adam near them in case he puts them in his mouth. When added to a discovery bottle with red lentils he can try to find the different Minions safely.
5) Using the water in the bottle I just added red glitter. I was surprised at how long it takes for the glitter to resettle once it’s been shaken.
6) Despicable Me Minion wooden beads but added to rice this time
7) Like bottle 5 but using green and yellow glitter – had to be Norwich City Football Club colours!
8) In the final bottle I just added sequins to the water
I squirted the rim of each lid with super glue before twisting it on tight. Then as an additional safety precaution I taped each bottle with different coloured electrical tape. I doubt that Adam would even attempt to open any of the Discovery Bottles but you never know!
It was extremely hard to get a photo of Adam today as he is poorly and clingy. It took a little while for him to understand why I was shaking random bottles at him – especially as he couldn’t reach their contents.
At the moment he prefers to roll the bottles rather than shaking them but I suppose that will come with time.
However, the Discovery Bottles were a life saver whilst making tea!
UPDATE: The Discovery Bottles have been added to Adam’s Busy Boxes. The piñata glitter paper has now dyed the water to red but apart from that they have all stayed exactly the same. Adam regularly uses them as musical instruments and enjoys watching the glitter settle.
* Small plastic bottles
* Super glue
* See above for each bottle ingredients
Adam was 18 months old.
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