Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I Spy Bottles

After finding these all over the internet, I decided to make my own. My poor hubby was getting quite aggravated with the “empty” bottle stash on the kitchen counter. I had to be resourceful and hide them in a basket. (He He He)

After gathering all of the necessary supplies

  • empty bottles
  • rice
  • food coloring
  • rubbing alcohol
  • ziploc baggies
  • alphabet letter cubes
  • mini buttons/objects

I was ready to color my rice. I simply divided my rice into baggies. ( I didn’t measure I just eyeballed it!) I added 2 capfuls of rubbing alcohol to each biggie then adding a few drops of food coloring. I  used the neon colors from McCormick. I zipped the baggies closed and mixed it up- It was done within seconds. I opened my baggies up and allowed them to air dry over night.

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I was ready to begin filling my bottles. I made a makeshift funnel out of a piece of paper. It worked wonders! Halfway through I added my alphabet letter beads.

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I added more rice and left about an inch at the top of the bottle. (see below)IMG_0637

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I made two different recording sheets as I plan on making both letter and object bottles. For the letter bottles, students will simply record the letters they find. I plan on copying these front and back so they will use two different bottle and find 24 different letters. For the object bottles students will record the initial/beginning sound for each object they find.

You can download the {“free” recording sheets here}I spy bottle

 

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I used VOSS water bottles- I created labels for the top of the bottle I used the Avery 1.5 stickers. I am using the number labels for my alphabet bottles and the alphabet labels for my object bottles.

 {You can download them here for free.}

I spy label

I can’t wait for my kiddos to try this new center. I think I may add magnifying glasses to the center for them to use too!!

Always,

Melissa

7 comments:

  1. This looks awesome! I've never heard of Voss water before though, but I imagine I could find something of similar size :) Thanks for the tutorial, I'm pinning it now!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

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  2. I would love to repost this please let me know if this is ok! littlemisskindergarten.blogspot.com

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  3. I love this and your recording sheets you made. Any chance you would be interested in making one that says "I Spy Words?"
    I would love it.

    P.s. Are you scared of the Voss bottles breaking since they are glass?

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  4. Thanks for the great idea! Does any kind of rice work? Thanks for the stickers too!

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  5. Those look awesome! I will be making these! Thanks for sharing:)

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  6. Just wondering, how did you remove the original labels from the voss water bottles? They're not sticky labels, it seems like the ink in sprayed on somehow :/

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❤Melissa

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