Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Discovery Bottles 

Have you ever used discovery bottles?  Our students love them!  We color rice and save water bottles to use.  The first time we use them, we put small toys inside for the children to discover!  They twist and turn the bottle to find the objects.  We make sure that the bottles are taped shut so no one can open them!  The bottles are stored in a small tub which can be placed in the middle of a work table for all to reach.  

Using plain paper, the children attempt to draw a picture of what they find. 

 Here's a group of students at a work table during Literacy Center time.   Notice that some are using crayons but there's one little girl who is attempting to write the words with a pencil.  This activity is great for differentiation.

Have you ever seen so much concentration????  
Six children can work at a table but we make sure we put out 8 or more bottles.  
During the year we switch the items in the bottles.  We use small plastic letters, tiny items that rhyme with a picture on a worksheet, numbers, anything that matches a skill we are working on!  

Never dyed rice before?  We purchase large bags of it at Sam's Club or CostCo and then put about 2 cups worth into a ziploc baggie with about 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol and a few drops of food coloring.  Zip it up - give it a shake - pour it out onto waxed paper and in a few minutes you have colored rice!  
How do you dye rice?  How about noodles for stringing?  Anyone have a different "recipe?"  We'd love to hear about it so please leave a comment below!  

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