The next few weeks will feature crafts recycling the good old plastic bottle. Not junky crafts either! Just really good ones.
When my fourth daughter was born in 2000 our neighbor brought over a bag full of gifts for the baby and the other girls. Inside the bag was an I Spy Bottle for each of them, including the baby! My girls were thrilled when our seventy-five year old neighbor told them how her mother made this same game for her when she was a little girl. Back then they had to use glass jars as plastic wasn't around. Ours have seen many years of service (can you tell by how beat up they are?). We have made them as well-received gifts. They are perfect for keeping in the car to keep the littlies occupied on long car trips.
Here's what you need:
*1 empty plastic water bottle per person (or at least three)
*Bird seed - works much better than beads do because the whole bottle is clear. It makes it harder to spot the objects.
*Twenty to Thirty different small objects like colored beads, a penny, dime, nickel, quarter, pom poms, etc. Make sure you have matching items for each bottle so you can play the game properly.
*Master list of items to attach to each bottle
*clear packing tape
*funnel (or rolled up piece of paper)
Put the various objects into the bottle and then use the funnel to fill the rest of the bottle with bird seed leaving at least two inches of airspace. Put super glue all around the inside edges of the lid and screw the lid on tight. Set aside to dry while you fill up the other bottles. Tape the master list on the side of each bottle making sure you completely cover all the paper so it can't get ripped off.
Everyone shakes their bottles while someone calls out an object to find, say a dime. Stop shaking your bottle, look hard by slowly turning the bottle around and around, and try to be the first to spot the object. This game is great because it puts everyone on a level playing field. No skill is involved except a keen eye.
Here's the master list we have on ours:
green bean (dried bean painted green)
baby bottle (little plastic baby shower favors)
One fascinating thing we've observed - all of the metal objects seem to congregate in the middle almost as if they are magnetized together. You can usually only see the edge of the coins. We've gotten very good at telling the difference between the dimes and nickels.
I've also made I Spy Bags like this to keep the littler ones quiet at church using beads instead of birdseed. I will be posting a tutorial on how to make them later.
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For the next several days I will be posting about the World Congress of Families. This year it is being held in Sydney, Australia. Remember how we helped to raise funds for Angela to attend? She is sending daily reports of the presentations, interviews she is able to have, and more. I am excited to share with you what she is experiencing. There are so many around the world - politicians, religious leaders, community organizers, trained professionals, and others - who are dedicated to defending the family. I will try to post each day's events in order so you are not reading them backwards as you scroll down. I have broken up Angela's summaries into several posts so it isn't overwhelming to see a HUGE post. Remember, if you have any questions you would like her to ask when she gives her interviews, leave them in the comments and I will pass them along to her.