DAY 7—This Christmas Craft On with Explore Bottles

Grab a bottle and fill it with fun. Mix and match different elements to make DIY explore bottles for hours of kid-worthy discovery. Just shake, rattle and explore!

DAY 7—This Christmas Craft On with Explore Bottles

Grab a bottle and fill it with fun. Mix and match different elements to make DIY explore bottles for hours of kid-worthy discovery. Just shake, rattle and explore!


DAY 7 of “It’s a DeLIGHTful 25 Days of Christmas”

What if we told you that you could have a snowy day, an under the sea adventure and a rainbow all lined up on your child’s toy shelf? Sound too good to be true? Well, in today’s episode of Craftitude, we’re showing you how to make it possible: Explore Bottles. Believe it or not, these little bottles can truly transport you anywhere from a sunny beach to a winter wonderland.

Explore Bottles aren’t just pretty to look at, they’re perfect for children who are under stress or who have a difficult time keeping still during quiet activities such as sitting for circle time or settling down for a nap. The bottles have the ability to act as a soothing mechanism and provide a sensory experience to occupy restless or fidgety little hands.

The best part is that the bottle’s theme options are truly endless. Let your child lead by allowing them to express their creativity through artistic decision making. Even if the final product isn’t picture perfect, to your child, it will be a masterpiece worth cherishing.

Craft on!


Under the Sea Bottle

Supplies:

  • empty water bottle
  • funnel
  • blue glitter
  • small seashells
  • sand
  • small sea animal toys

Directions:

  1. Using the funnel, pour 2-3 inches of sand into a 7-inch bottle.
  2. Using the funnel, fill the bottle with water.
  3. Using the funnel, add desired amount of glitter.
  4. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring.
  5. Screw lid firmly on bottle and shake until ingredients combine.
  6. Add small shells and plastic sea toys of your choice.
  7. Shake and enjoy!


I Spy Bottle

Supplies:

  • empty water bottle
  • funnel
  • raw rice
  • small plastic toys
  • materials to make the bottle “key”

Directions:

  1. Using the funnel, pour 1 inch of raw rice into the bottle.
  2. Remove funnel and add 2-3 toys.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the bottle is full of rice and toys.
  4. Screw lid firmly on bottle.
  5. Create a key with photos of all the toys in the bottle.
  6. Have fun shaking the bottle and trying to spot all the different toys listed on the key!


Winter Wonderland Bottle

Supplies:

  • empty water bottle
  • funnel
  • blue food coloring
  • small, snowflake confetti
  • glitter of choice
  • small, waterproof LED light

Directions:

  1. Using the funnel, add water to the bottle until it is 1 inch from the top.
  2. Add 2-3 drops of blue food coloring.
  3. Add snowflake confetti and glitter of your choice.
  4. Carefully, add the small, waterproof LED light.
  5. Turn off the lights and enjoy your winter wonderland!


Rainbow Water Beads Bottle

Supplies:

  • empty water bottle
  • funnel
  • rainbow colored water beads
  • baby oil

Directions:

  1. Add water beads to the bottle, ordered by colors of the rainbow in 1-2 inch layers.
  2. Stop adding water beads approximately 1 inch from the top of the bottle.
  3. Using the funnel, fill the bottle with baby oil until it is completely full.
  4. Screw bottle lid on firmly and enjoy!

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