How to make discovery bottles

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I like many parents am always on the lookout for money saving ideas. I’m thrifty.

I have an issue with toys. I’m a firm believer in quality over quantity.

However quality usually has a nice price tag so Sidekick doesn’t have many bought toys.

That being said I do like Sidekick to have a choice of toys.

So I went a googling and a Pinteresting (which I’m on, why not go have a look) to find some inspiration.

I found lots of ideas but one of the simplest and quickest was these Discovery Bottles.

What you need is:

  • Empty clean and dry clear plastic bottles (500ml)
  • Hot glue gun/superglue or at a push tape
  • Filler objects e.g. rice, pipe cleaners, glitter

Basically fill the bottle up with your filler and seal the lid shut with hot glue/superglue. There you go new toy done. Simple eh?

I’ve done the following bottles and I like to rotate them, swap them in and out of play so she doesn’t get bored:

  • Water with food colouring and washing up liquid
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Torn bits of baking foil
  • Dried beans
  • Plastic gemstones (don’t ask why I have these I don’t have a clue!)
  • Water with glitter


I did the first lot when Sidekick was 4 months old, at that point we played with them together. Now at 7 months she happily grabs them, turns them around, taps them. Her favourites are the ones that make a noise.

Why not give them a go and save some money.

Are you a toy DIY’er, where do you go for inspiration I’d love to know.



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