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Discovery Bottles

Total Time Needed: 30 Minutes or less

Ages: 6 months and up

Shake it up, baby! Toddlers love getting a reaction, and these nifty bottles let them do just that -- without tiring out Mom and Dad in the process.

These simple little shakers offer mesmerizing first experiments in floating, sinking, and swirling. (For a fun lesson in pouring, older tots can use a funnel to help fill them.) We recommend sealing the caps with hot glue, but you'll still want to make sure that junior spares these bottles any vigorous teething.


  • Clear plastic bottle (we used Aquapods by Poland Spring)
  • Sequins, buttons, ribbon, yarn, and other shakable objects
  • Water
  • Hot glue


1. To start, insert a handful of objects into a clear plastic bottle. In one bottle, we put sequins, buttons, and baubles of varying sizes, and in the others, we put ribbon and yarn cut into half-inch, 2-inch, and 5-inch lengths.

Discovery Bottles - Step 2

2. Fill the bottle with water, leaving about an inch of space at the top. Firmly secure the lid with hot glue and let it dry completely (about 5 minutes) before giving it to your child.