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Good morning all of you awesome people! Yes, I know it’s a Monday and that signals the end of your weekend but it also means that I have an amazing guest post to share with you all today! I could not be more excited to introduce Sherry Ann from Teach, Inspire, Love, Raise! Her blog is full of fun and inspiring ideas that include everything from teaching a class full of 4th graders to delicious recipes that you don’t want to miss! Today, she’s sharing a DIY project for kids that is both educational and a lot of fun! Enjoy :)
DIY I-Spy Bottles
Once upon a time I was a stay-at-home mom and I loved to use these I-Spy Bottles with my oldest son, Kyle. He was a late talker, but he could understand every word that he heard. This activity allowed him the chance to “show off” without having to say much. I would ask him to find something that was red, or find something that began with the ‘B’ sound. Although, he wasn’t able to verbally tell me what the object was he was able to find it and then point it out to me.
These I-Spy Bottles can be used a variety of ways: identifying shapes or colors, building on letter sounds, and/or identifying sight words, or just a fun game. They are so versatile and easy to make.
– Plastic bottle
– Small toys/items
– Ribbon (optional)
– Hot Glue
- Make sure the bottle is clean and dry.
- Begin with filling the bottle with some rice and then a few toys. Make layers by alternating the rice and toys until the bottle is about 3/4 of the way filled. You want to leave some room at the top so the rice will be able to move in the bottle.
- Hot glue the lid onto the bottle to ensure that there are no accidents.
- Optional: Decorate the lid with some ribbon by hot gluing it on the lid.
Note: If you decide to use it more like a game, you will need to take a picture of the items before they are placed in the bottle so the child knows what they are searching for. You may want to laminate and then attach the picture to the bottle.
There you have it: a very simple, inexpensive way to engage your child/student in learning activities.
Sherry Ann is a Mother, Wife, Teacher, and the Blogger behind Teach, Inspire, Love, Raise. She loves the simple things in life and looks forward to meeting new people in the blogging life that share the same interests and roles.