Shamrock Shakers – Discovery Bottles

shamrock shakersI love including my son in making something fun and useful for his sister. This discovery bottle is a fun way of using a holiday theme and gives your infant something fun to play with too. Remember with infants all activities and projects are intended to be used only when directly supervised.  Also only you know what is safe for your child, if they aren’t ready for an activity bookmark it and try it when they are.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some plastic bottles with lids a hot glue gun, a shamrock bead necklace, scissors and some rainbow ribbon. I also use tape on the bottles that run the risk of making huge messes if they open.  For the gel and sparkle bottle you will also need a funnel,  some gold sparkles and green shower gel or shampoo( got mine for a buck at the dollar store). For the rainbow shaker bottle some pom poms in rainbow colors.
  2. Start by drinking the water. 
  3. Next take off the label.
  4. Next cut the shamrock necklace into the bottle. This is awesome for fine motor development and takes a lot of patience. I was amazed my son was not only able to do this without help but how into it he was. They grow up so fast!
  5. Next add the sparkles.
  6. Next add the gel. 
  7. I used hot glue to glue the top on. Then more on the outside to seal it, and wrapped it in tape. Be careful some bottles are so thin that they will melt with hot glue on contact. If you are worried consider using crazy glue. Whether you are using hot or crazy glue should be done by adults only
  8. Cut a small piece of rainbow ribbon and glue it on.
  9. Let everything dry and cool completely .
  10. For the rainbow shaker Cut the necklace in.Pop in the pom poms. Glue the top and ribbon on as above.
  11. Play!  For the photos I had her in the crib so the bottle wouldn’t roll too far when I was trying to take a photo. I am not suggesting giving it to your infant for independent play, these discovery bottles are for closely supervised play only.

The rainbow one has lasted forever. 2 years later it’s still kicking!

Comments

  1. butterfly wishes and wonderland dreams says

    she is so cute! love the dress!

    my girls loved their discovery bottles and still love making them! :)

  2. says

    Love these! My daughter was just talking about something sort of similar we made last St Patrick’s Day – we made a “rainbow” of water bottles, each with different coloured water. I like your shaker idea though – more tactical and interesting for the babies.

  3. says

    Love these! Especially the shakers – perfect for music fun too! Pinning when pinterest is up again, have done the old-fashioned book mark for now!

  4. Jackie B says

    I’m a little bummed because this looked so awesome but my gel bottle didn’t work. My glitter and charms are just stuck together in a glob at the bottom. I used the exact same ingredients you did too. :(

    • admin says

      Oh no! Hmm I wonder why ? Can you lay it on it’s side for a while, then rotate a few times each time letting it settle? I am thinking it might distribute the glob a bit.

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