Activity idea: Bottle shapes

Bottles-300x169Infants delight in colors, shapes, and their ability to make things happen. In this activity, infants will explore their gross-motor skills by pushing, rolling, and crawling toward bottles designed to inspire wonder and curiosity.


  • 2-3 clear plastic water bottles with lids
  • Water
  • Visually stimulating items, such as beads, glitter, food coloring, or small shells
  • Glue or duct tape
  • Cooking oil (optional)
  • Dish soap (optional)


  • Fill the bottles with water, and add various combinations of items to the bottles, such as food coloring, glitter, and beads. You can also add a small amount of dish soap or cooking oil to the water to create different visual effects inside the bottles. Place a small amount of glue on the threads inside the bottle caps. Screw the lid on tightly and allow it to dry overnight.
  • Sit with the infants on the floor. Place the bottle on the floor and knock it over or roll it in front of the babies. Encourage the children to reach for the bottle to make it move, assisting as necessary. If the babies are scooting or crawling, shake the bottle and place it out of reach. Encourage children to scoot or crawl toward the bottle.

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