One of the perks of a preschool birthday is the parents get to come into the classroom to rile the kids into a frenzy with cupcakes and projects and breakdancing and stuff.
For Oliver’s big classroom day, I had the kids make these fun fidget bottles. There are times in our house, when Oliver just needs a way to calm his little body down. You can see him buzzing so loud that he can’t focus or hear my subconsciously expletive laced calls to settle down.
When I was teaching, I had a set of these bottles in the classroom and they’re super easy and fun to make.
I started with some mini plastic bottles of water, removed the paper labels, and emptied 1/2 of the water out.
Next, we added sequins, glitter, pony beads, jewels… anything sparkly and pretty, really.
One drop of food coloring is plenty… any more and the liquid gets too dark to see all the distractions floating around inside.
For an added level of interest and texture, I topped each bottle off with some baby oil. When shaken, it forms amazing bubbles that float above the water.
Squeeze a bead of hot glue around the rim of your cap before you screw it back on (you do NOT want these bottles opening on you…)
Whenever I do activities in the kids’ classroom, I make sure to label everything first… takes away one step for the teachers and helps keep track of everything amidst the chaos of the group activity.
Oliver, Martha and Louisa love these bottles. They’re fun to shake. Fun to look at. Fun to chew on. Win-win-win!
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