Discovery or Activity Bottles

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  1. wann2119

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    For those of you who use discovery or activity bottles in your science center, do you make these with the kids or just do it on your own?
     
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    Depends on the project/theme. I have had kids help me in the past add things like glitter, shells, sequins, beads, etc. I usually hot glue the lid on so they can't open it. It's fun when they help you. You could make it a center/group activity. They tend to treat things with a little more respect when they know they had a hand in making it.
     
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    ummm, what are discovery bottles? :confused:
     
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    they are bottles full of different things that are to engage the child in the wonders of science in a less mess way. they also usually involve the teachers ability to recycle old water bottles or soda bottles and that is a hit.

    for ideas there are many threads here in which they come up.l

    I have personally made
    wave bottles 1/2 baby oil 1/2 water / food coloring in a bottle. glue lid on and then rock back and forth to see the wave.

    rice bottles w/ seek and find things in it. fill bottle w/ rice and fill bottle w/ the things hiding in my program up high so the littles won't eat it. the make a sign that tells you what you are looking for.

    have you seen these sorts of posts or have you made these items.
     
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    I had one with sand and some magnetic items (paper clips, staples, etc), they used a magnet wand to find items inside.

    I had several with colored hair gel inside, plus beads and sequins... they turn it upside down and watch them slowly flow.

    Hot glue on the lids :)
     
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    I taught a couple of trainings on teacher made game; I have lots of discovery bottles in my classroom. I like to use the small gatorade and soda bottles. I have one that has sand and seashells in it. I also like to put paperclips in water for magnet exploration. Defiantely hot glue the lids on so that the kids can't get into them.
     
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    To be honest...
    I have made these a couple of times and I never have children who are interested in them.
    I decided they were a waste of time.

    Do other teachers have children who enjoy them?
     
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    That is my fear as well. I don't want to spend a ton of time on these and then the kids could care less. We had the wave one at my old daycare but it was in the 18 m-2 yr old room. They just carried it around and didn't really 'get it'.
     
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    My kids love them. They especially like the tornado tubes. I don't spend a whole lot of time on them. I do a few and then throw themout when they get yucky.
     
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    both-- depends on what we are doing at the time. Actaully my biggest hit was rainsticks. This year I might use the whole rainstick idea but used different things int hem to make different kinds of sounds--
     
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    discovery bottles

    When I introduced them 8 or 9 years ago, the kids really liked them. But the past few years, they haven't. I might have tossed them when I moved.
     
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    I've had classes that are facinated with these, and classes that didn't really care about them. This year, I plan on making a naptime box for those children that don't rest: they can take one thing from the box to their cot after resting quietly for 20 minutes. I think some new discovery bottles will be the main focus of the box.
     
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    I was wondering if anyone had a pattern for a discovery bottle. A blank one for kids to draw what they see.
     

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