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.


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.


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


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


I spy 2

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!!




  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

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

  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?

    1. Only a couple years late on my reply but I thought it may be prudent to add that I knocked a voss bottle once and it smashed into a zillion shards. I'd definitely be going plastic, especially due to the nature of the use of an iSpy bottle.

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

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

  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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