Inspired by Erin over at the state that i am in, I took it upon myself to make a few busy bottles for Graham and Miles. I left the boys napping under the watchful eye of Grandma and had a leisurely stroll through our new Hobby Lobby.
I bought some supplies to make jingle bell bracelets since they like the bells that come out during library time occasionally and I made a wave bottle. I also plan to make a glitter bottle (which are ALL OVER Pinterest) but the big winner of the day was the “find it” bottle.
You get a plastic bottle or container (I just used an empty Dr. Pepper bottle) put odds and ends in it and fill it with rice. Then your tot can shake and turn the bottle over and search for the things they can find in the bottle.
You can make this very cheaply by collecting little treasures around your house but I bought the contents for my bottle. Miles loves trains so I wanted to find a tiny train to fit inside. Hobby Lobby had a couple of areas where I found bobbles for the bottle. Look in the novelty buttons section, the model train area or in the arts and crafts section that has toddler activities.
Find things that your tot can identify and talk about. Some ideas:
Tiny pom poms
Cut up pipe cleaner in different colors
Beans of different sizes and colors
Push pin, safety pin, laundry pin
Really anything that’s small enough to fit in the bottle and shelf stable so it won’t break down over time is useable.
I thought the boys would have fun with it but I had no idea Miles would be so interested in it. He turned it over and over and kept talking about the cars and wheels he could see on the train.
I only filled the bottle about half way so it’d be really easy to move the contents around. As they get older I can fill it with more rice and have it be more work to search for things in the “find it” bottle.
What’s ironic is several years ago we received a Find It Game as a gift and I thought it was pretty silly. You have a little check list of the objects you need to find to “win” the game. And here I am years later making one for my boys – I guess it’s perfect for a two year old!
Here’s a close up view of our “find it” bottle.
I found a button set that was vehicles and a set of ABC glitter buttons that came in different colors.
I’ll probably start collecting additional objects for a new version. The downside of using button objects is they’re one sided so you have to do a lot of shaking to not be looking at the empty backside of them.