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My kids love the beach. Since it’s winter here in the midwest, I thought I’d brighten their day with this fun Seaside Seek and Find Bottle.
To make it more personal, I added a few items they had on hand like a shark tooth, a piece of sea glass and a small shell they found at the beach last year. I also raided their Lego bin for the tiny snorkel and flippers.
Our Dollar Store had some buttons, decorative sand and I found a kiddy bracelet with turtle beads on it. I used all beach themed trinkets but feel free to add whatever you have on hand.
Just a few tips when making a Seaside Seek and Find Bottle:
I used a 2-Liter plastic soda bottle but if you have smaller children, you may want to use a smaller bottle that they can wrap their hands around. My boys loved the bigger size but a 2-Liter bottle filled with sand is heavy.
If you use sand to fill your bottle, I recommend filling the bottle as full as possible with just a little air at the top. Sand is heavier and denser than rice or beads as a filler and items have a tendency to float to the top. The fuller the bottle the better to make the game more challenging.
Lastly, make sure your bottle is completely dry to keep the sand from sticking to the inside of the bottle.
Here’s what you need to make a Seaside Seek and Find Bottle:
– a small funnel
– a 2-Liter Plastic Soda Bottle or smaller plastic bottle (completely dry)
– decorative sand (our Dollar Store had 1.1 lb. bags. Six of these completely filled our 2-liter bottle) Less needed if you’re using a smaller bottle.
– 25 + colorful beads, trinkets or buttons
How to put together your Seaside Seek and Find Bottle:
1- Take a picture of your Seek and Find Items and print them out. My youngest is just learning to read so pictures work best for him but for older children, you could just make a list.
2- Fill your bottle with sand and drop all beads, trinkets and buttons in. Make sure to put the cap on tight. If you have little ones playing with this, you may want to put a drop of crazy glue on the cap to really secure it 🙂
4- That’s it. Summer in a bottle! Enjoy.