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Treasure Bottles
Type: Crafts   Skills: Critical ThinkingLanguage & Literacy
You may not know this but by the age of three, most children have acquired nearly 1,000 words. But how do they learn these words? When you talk to your child during everyday activities and encourage him to express himself, you’re providing opportunities for him to learn and use vocabulary in meaningful ways. In this activity, you’ll learn how treasure bottles can spark your children’s natural curiosity and offer a wonderful way to introduce them to new words. Treasure Bottles
What We Learn
Language development
Observation skills
Supply List
Plastic bottle with cap
Small toys and objects
Duct tape
Prepare a plastic bottle by removing the label and washing the inside of the bottle clean. Make sure the bottle is dry before using, so let it air dry overnight if needed.

Place a funnel in the opening of your plastic bottle. Then scoop about two inches of sand into the bottle. Then place a couple of small objects into the bottle. They could be small toys, unusual items, or everyday objects. Then fill the bottle with another couple inches of sand.

Repeat until you’re bottle is about halfway filled with sand. You don’t want to fill the bottle all the way with sand because you need to leave room for the sand and objects to move around.

Screw the cap to your bottle on very tightly. To ensure that your child can’t unscrew the cap, use duct tape to complete cover the cap and upper portion of the bottle.

When kids shake the treasure bottle, they will reveal some of the hidden “treasures.” Engage your children in conversation about what they see. Ask them to describe the treasures they’ve uncovered.

Older kids can help in both the preparation of the bottles as well as the game of finding and identifying the objects within the bottle once it’s made.

Adults should use discretion when determining if a child is old enough to participate in the making of the bottles. If your child puts things in his or her mouth, then the child is too young since the objects are choking hazards.

Remember, don’t leave these treasure bottles just laying around. Let young children play with them only while they are supervised.
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