It has been a LONG time since I first made a discovery bottle for Pop, when she was just 8 months old! Now that Bean is sitting up and dragging herself around on her tummy, she is excited to explore everything from her new vantage point and test out what every object can do!
We found some small, empty water bottles and dried them inside. Next we added simple materials from the craft baskets and kitchen cupboards that are too small for her to handle, but just perfect for safely exploring through the clear window of a bottle! The items were chosen based on the sound that they create when shaken, for being bright and captivating or for the way they move in liquid, perfect for tiny developing senses to explore.
These are the different discovery bottle contents:
(left to right, top to bottom)
1. Water with brightly coloured Hama beads (pony beads are similar in the US) for noise, colour and movement
2. Ripped pieces of tin foil for gentle, slow movement and reflection of light
3. Red water mixed with 1cm of vegetable/ baby oil, for mixing and separation of liquids
4. Brightly coloured, twisted pipe cleaners for visual interest
5. Blue water and a variety of sea shells for gentle sounds and interesting objects to examine
6. Water, plastic crystals and a large amount of silver glitter for noise and beautiful movement and dispersement
7. Yellow water with a large squirt of washing up liquid (dish soap in US) for shaking and creating bubbles and froth
8. Mixture of pom poms in various colours and sizes, for visual stimulation and early maths concepts
9. Coloured, shaped buttons for fabulous noise and exciting colours
10. (not pictured) Multi-coloured dry rice for fabulous shaky noise!
Once the ingredients are inside the bottle, seal it shut with a glue gun or extremely strong sealant. Obviously don’t use these around an inquisitive toddler who can unscrew caps, if they can’t be secured.