My kids love to read the I Spy books (see how we made an “I Spy Numbers tray” based on one of them!) I wanted to expand on the idea and make it into a simple activity that my kids could help make and enjoy while we are out and about.
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You can theme this bottle any way you’d like, we happened to choose a farm theme for ours so we used various miniature figures (these Good Luck Minis are just sooo cute!) and rice that was dyed green like grass 🙂
My oldest son was super excited about helping put it together (he gets excited anytime we have a sensory activity going! The rice and miniature animals caught his attention here!)
I simply had him carefully and slowly pour the rice into the funnel (if he poured too fast, the rice didn’t have time to sift down). He decided to only pour a little bit of rice in at a time so and add the animals all in the middle.
Adding the animals is a perfect time to practice counting and reinforcing one-to-one correspondence (the skill of counting each item only one time). You can also be a bit more playful during this step and have your child make the sound of each animal as he/she puts them in the jar!
To finish, pour some more rice to top it all off (we didn’t fill it to the brim so that there would be room for the rice to move around in the jar).
Use a hot glue gun to secure the lid and you’re ready to go! See, wasn’t that easy?!? And the kids love it! This would even make a simple party favor or gift idea 🙂
Don’t forget to pin this idea so you can get back to it later!