Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April Project :: Ocean Bottles

Here we are at the end of April already!!!  Holy moly, this month has flown by for us in the Albright house!  With such a nice response to last months project, I thought I'd choose another simple, good for ALL ages, favorite of ours :: Ocean sensory bottles!  My kids love to make these, and we have done a couple different variations, but this is a classic.

:: Supplies::
  • Clear bottles with lids (for the littles, I use plastic with screw tops, but the big boys like glass with cork tops)
  • Sand 
  • Water
  • Food coloring (blue and/or green work best for the ocean variety)
  • Glitter
  • Pebbles, shells, small plastic fish or other "ocean" decor  
  • Glue gun (not pictured)

:: Process ::

There are a couple of ways to do this, and no way is necessarily better.  It really depends on your kids.  Some kids like to dump things out of the bottle, just as much as they like putting them in.  If this is the case, put sand and glitter in the bottle at the END.  If not, I like to funnel the sand in in the beginning to weight it down a little.  So I will give you instructions on how we did it, but know you can do it differently and it will still turn out!

  • Take a piece of paper and roll it in a funnel shape to pour sand and glitter into the bottle.  About an inch or two of sand and a sprinkling of glitter.
  • Let children put "ocean decorations" in the bottle.  (this is technically a choking hazard for children under 3, so if you have a kiddo who tends to put things in their mouth, wait on this craft.  Watch all small kiddos carefully regardless.  Also, this is GREAT for fine motor skills!)
  • Fill bottle with water, leaving about 1/2" at the top.
  • Add food coloring.  Just a drop, or the water gets too dark to see the decorations!
    This picture is directly before a spill.... sometimes this project is a little messy!
  • Using hot glue, glue the top on.  I used glue on the inside of the cap before screwing it on, and then sealed the cap with another layer of glue.  Food coloring STAINS!
  • After the glue is cool and dry, let your kiddo enjoy their creation!
    (notice the PRETTY custom braided charm bracelet?  This lady is never without.  Every girl should have at least one, in my humble opinion!)

Like I said, easy peasy and beautiful!  We have made red ones with dinosaurs and volcanic rocks, and a few with "our favorite things in our favorite color water" plus LOTS of ocean varieties.  They are lots of fun!  Hope you all enjoy it as much as we do!  See you next month!  
xoxo Emily

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