Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Christmas in July- Make your own I Spy Bottle

Are you looking for a great gift? Perfect for all ages? Customized for each age, interest, gender and preferences. Make an "I Spy" bottle!  It's super simple to make, and is good for kids of all ages (my husband loves it as much as my 2 and 5 year old!)  Use the "I Spy" bottle for long car rides, laying low when your kids are sick, or keeping your little monsters busy when you need to clean. 

Here's what you'll need:
  • A bunch of objects that are small enough to fit into a water bottle.
  • An empty, completely dry water bottle without the label.
  • Paper and pen
  • Funnel (or a piece of paper to roll into a funnel)
  • White rice
  • Glue
  • String, yarn, or ribbon
  • Clear contact paper or laminating paper (optional)
Now how to make it:

Step 1) Have your kids help you hunt all over the house, garage, and outside for things to put in your bottle.  Make sure to write on your paper everything you collect.  Coins, nails/screws, Barbie or Polly Pocket accessories, Legos, hair stuff, rocks, office supplies....anything goes (as long as it is something that can't rot)!

Step 2)  Pour some rice in the bottom of the bottle.  Then put a few objects on top of the rice.

Step 3)  Pour rice over those objects and continue to layer rice and objects until your bottle is near full.  Make sure you end with rice.

Step 4)  Glue the top onto the bottle.  I learned this the hard way when my girls decided it would be fun to open the bottle and rice went everywhere!

Step 5)  Laminate (optional) your paper with the objects written on them, punch a hole in the corner and tie it to the top of the bottle.

You're done!  Shake the bottle a little then have your kids try to find everything on the paper!  It's harder than it looks for some objects (the penny, nickel, and dime are always really hard to find in ours!).

Have you ever tried to make an "I Spy" bottle?  What type of stuff did you put in it?  If you haven't made one yet, do you think your kids would like it?


  1. i think the most important step is to GLUE THE LID ON. trust me. i'm pretending we don't have enough clutter in the house to make these.

  2. This is great! Rain storms here today = inside project. I like the idea of using for long car rides. Thanks!


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