DIY Travel Sized ISPY Bottle
Whether you are taking a car trip or flying, traveling with kids requires a certain amount of creative entertainment and these DIY ISpy Bottles have helped pass the time on our trips. My twins adore ISPY and Look and Find books. There are a ton of them, but this Thomas one and this Tinkerbell one are particular favorites in our car. Their love of searching and finding small pictures inspired these ISPY bottles. We have certainly purchased a fair amount of stickers, books, and doodle boards to help our kids stay happy and engaged in the car or up in the air, but I also like to make our own toys with materials we have on hand when possible.
A group of amazing bloggers from around the world are sharing some tips and tricks for Natural Parenting and recycling materials is just one topic. Check out the directions for these simple DIY ISpy Bottles and then pop over to see some more eco-friendly ideas.
DIY Travel Sized ISPY Bottles
ISPY or sensory bottles are not a new concept. We made a bunch of them when our kids were toddlers and when I was a toddler teacher they were a staple in my classroom. As our children have gotten a little older, ISPY books and bottles have become increasingly interesting. They are a great quiet activity, but I'm not keen on lugging large rice filled bottles in my carry-on. This travel sized version is the perfect size for travel. We slipped one of these into each of their backpacks for quick, easy fun.
Gather one recycled bottle per child. I used old spice bottles which worked great.
Prepare bottles. I shared on Facebook a few weeks ago that Vegetable Oil is apparently awesome for removing labels from bottles. Rub some liberally all over your bottle. Scrub and then rinse.
Add Small Items. (NOTE: photograph them first! See directions about making the guide below)
Glue lid on tight.
Create Photo Guide. I made our bottles counting themed. As you can see in the picture below I added a different number of each item for the kids to find and count. Before I put them in the bottle, I took pictures and then made a collage using the app FUZEL collage on my phone. These collages were printed out and then lamintated with contact paper.
We put the bottles and the guides in their travel backpacks. When they were interested, we walked them through the first couple showing them how to read the little guide, count how many items they needed to find, and then search for them in their ISPY bottles. For younger children, the counting aspect could easily be replaced with a more simple ISPY format. A page of things to look for in their bottles.
Recycled Spice Bottle
Small Items (we used candles, gems, seashells, pipe cleaners, and beads)
More DIY Toys or Materials for Children:
*DIY Car Color Cards : another easy DIY travel activity
*DIY Stool : great for helping children reach the sink or counter or practicing to step up and down.
*DIY Pretend Play Fire Hose : simple way to make your own fire fighter dramatic play prop
*DIY Bug Jar : perfect for camping or backyard bug hunts
*DIY Sensory Bottles : easy DIY for infants and toddlers
More Family Travel Tips:
*More tips for Plane Travel with Kids
*More tips for Car Trips with Toddlers
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