Miss F loves Yetis. Yes, the winter wonderland version of Big Foot. Absolutely. Loves. Yeti. She has yeti books, a Yeti friend for her bed. We’ve been reading Vin Vogel’s picture book, The Thing About Yetis. Our little girl, much like a Yeti thinks the cold and snow of winter are the most fabulous things. She does not like to be hot. But...just like the Yeti in Vin Vogel’s book, sometimes, even those who really, really love the winter miss the breezy ways and days of summertime.
We LOVE the ocean. We LOVE the beach--the water, the waves, the sand, the shells, the rocks! This summer Miss F simply delighted in her first beach experience, much to the absolute pleasure of her parents (and Digby!).
Miss F loves Discovery Bottles. We have all sorts at home -- Density Soap Bottles, Glitter Bottles, Pom Pom & Beads Bottles, & more! I plan to post more about Our Favorite Discovery Bottles soon. One of our longest lasting and absolute favorites is our Ocean Discovery Bottle. We actually have two with two different kinds of sand!
Discovery Bottles offer children a great opportunity for non-messy sensory explorations. The weight of the bottle is 'just right' for small hands. I prefer to use Voss Bottles for these activities because I like shape and size of the bottles, and...the labels come off easily. I've also used the tiny squarish Fiji Bottles with great success too!
These Bottles last a long, long time! I made our first Ocean Discovery Bottle before Miss F was born! I saw Asia Citro’s photo on her blog, Fun at Home with Kids and loved the idea.
I always love to see how quickly the sand, rocks, and sea shells settle to bottom of the bottle. The different items will settle accordingly to their size and mass. It happens really quickly, much like the waves in the ocean tide.
In a small way, this Ocean Discovery Bottle recreates the experience of walking the beach and watching the waves of the tide. I am always amazed by the gentle roll of the tide on the bayside of Cape Cod. The sand, shells, and rocks settle down to the bottom of the bottle really quickly!
You can see that for a moment, a really brief moment, the sand remains at the top of the bottle before it comes down with a whoosh!
Here is How to Make Your Ocean Discovery Bottles at Home:
Materials Needed for Ocean Discovery Bottles:
A clear Bottle (I like the Voss Bottles-they are sleek and the labels come off easily!)
Sand (I will often buy it OR even better collect it direct from the beach!)
Sea Shells (same here--I will often buy it OR even better collect it direct from the beach!)
Rocks (small collected peddles or potting pebbles work well too!)
Step-by-step directions for making ocean discovery Bottles:
Gather your materials. Using a funnel, pour about an inch worth of sand into your bottle. I tend to use less because it creates a wavelike experience for the children.
Add rocks and seashells. Hint: Less is more!
Using the funnel pour water all the way to the top where the cover will reach.
Note: Now I know many people will seal their Bottles shut using hot glue or tape on the outside. I have not yet had an issue with Miss F opening the bottles. So, I leave mine unglued. This also allows me to empty and reuse a bottle when I want to do so.
Soon I will post about our seashell water play explorations and our other favorite discovery bottles, too!
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