10 minute wave bottle craft activity

A 10 minute wave bottle craft activity at home

At Sqooll we believe structured play is as beneficial for your child as reading to them. You should spend at least 10 – 15 minutes every day with your child helping them learn through structured play.

Structured and creative play at home helps your child develop core skills and practice the activities they will do in school. It also provides you an opportunity to observe how your child learns and develops both intellectually and physically.

One of the main challenges facing busy parents is the time and effort it normally takes to find suitable activities and prepare the necessary supplies. This is where our monthly Activity Box subscriptions come in!

To get you started here is an Activity that you can do with your child at home this weekend. Have fun!

What you need: 10 minute wave bottle craft activity

  • Plastic water or soda bottle
  • Water
  • Food colouring

  • Clean cooking oil / baby oil
  • Sequins
  • Glitter

Step 1: Prepare your supplies

  • Wash a plastic bottle inside and out with warm soapy water and remove all labels. Set aside to dry
  • Prepare clean vegetable oil and sequins

Step 2: Make your wave bottle

  • Fill your bottle halfway to 3/4 full with tap water
  • Have your child add a few drops of blue food colouring and help them swirl around to mix. (Blue is standard, but you can use any colour you like!)
  • Next have your child add the plastic “fish” (sequins) and swirl the bottle. Ask if they can you see their fish “swimming” in circles?
  • Fill the bottle to the top with baby oil (or clean cooking oil) so there is no air remaining in the bottle
  • Attach the cap firmly to the bottle and lay it on its side to settle and the water and oil to separate.

Step 3: Play with your wave bottle

  • Check that no liquid is leaking from the bottle
  • Gently rock the bottle from side to side to create waves
  • Tell your child that this is just like the waves in the ocean and how the fish swim and are moved about by the waves