Sunday, July 19, 2015

DIY Find the Things Bottle

My husband and I recently received a Find-It game/puzzle from his Aunt. We have been enjoying it immensely and our son (age 2) has also been having fun with it; but it's a little harder for him, so I decided to make him his own using a water bottle.




What you'll need:

  • VOS Warerbottle (they come in glass and plastic, we went plastic and bought ours at Target for $2.50)
  • 3 1/5 cups rice (we used a mix of brown and white, for more fun you can dye your white rice)
  • 20-30 "things" (we used 1: marble, black bean, corn kernel, staple, sewing pin, paperclip, pom pom, button, penny, dime, letter "dice", screw, googly eye, 2 blocks (one red one black) and 4 different Eric Carle erasers (I found a 20 pack of the erasers at the Target dollar spot when I picked up the water bottle.)
  • Gorilla Glue (basically the best glue ever- think, duct tape of glue!)
  • Funnel (I used a piece from my son's stacking/ball toy, but I imagine a funnel would work much better.)


I started by pouring some of the rice into the bottom, adding pieces then more rice until all the things and rice filled the bottle. You want to make sure you leave room at the top for the rice to shift around so you can find the things. If it's for a smaller child you can probably use less rice to make it a bit easier (read less frustrating). For an older child you might consider more, smaller items. When you're sure you've added everything you want, apply Gorilla Glue to the outside screw bands of the water bottle, tighten the lid and you have your very own find the things bottle.

I am really looking forward to giving this to my son, and I may make another for my neighbor because they're amazing and awesome and my neighbors are the best.


13 comments:

  1. What a neat idea! I haven't seen anything like this. This could be used as a learning game for young children by putting colors, and letters along with other objects. Love it! I have one small grandson and a grandbaby. May just have to make them one. Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

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    1. I love your idea, I think I will make another one with plastic alphabet letters.

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  2. That is so neat! I have heard of "busy boards and books" but nothing like this. I will have to try it for my 3.5 year old :)

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  4. That looks like such a cute idea!

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  5. I think this would be so much fun to keep littles busy! Thanks for the great idea!

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  7. We were given a similar gift when my kids were younger and they loved it! I love that you made your own.

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  8. That's a really brilliant DIY. It's so helpful for kids. :)

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  9. Such an adorable, affordable idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I always wanted to make one of these for our kids, but never have. I bet they'd still enjoy it, might have to finally get it together! :D

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    1. You should, it takes almost no effort. We made a 2nd one for my son's friend and my son (2 1/2) loved helping pour the rice through the funnel and adding the "things".

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