Do your students get super chatty while they’re waiting in line to sign out their books? I came up with this really fun idea that kept my grade 2 to 8 students entertained and happy while they waited last month, and it only took me 10 minutes to make and cost only a few dollars.
Read on to find out how to make this fun Peace I-Spy Bottle for your library or classroom.
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Why a Peace Themed Bottle?
Last month, I made this Halloween I-Spy Bottle for my son, and when he was done using it, I thought it might get a second life at school. So I popped it on my circulation desk, and it became an instant hit!
So – for this month, I decided to make a new bottle that went along with some of the major themes of November – Remembrance Day and the International Day of Human Rights. And I settled on the theme of PEACE!
Supplies for the Peace Bottle
- A large glass or clear plastic bottle (I use an empty Voss Water Bottle)
- Red dyed rice (you could also use plain white rice) to fill your bottle most of the way
- A variety of small objects that can fit inside the bottle that have to do with peace or remembrance, like:
- peace signs (I used old wooden checkers pieces and drew the signs on with paint markers)
- plastic hearts
- plastic Letter Beads that spell HOPE, PEACE, and LOVE
- flag confetti
- white cross beads
- an Earth foamie
- old keys (the key to peace…)
- inspiring metal scrapbooking words like these: HOPE FAITH PEACE DREAM BELIEVE Word Beads
- poppies (red flower beads that I coloured green in the center with paint markers)
- felt poppies
- a miniature bell
- Ribbons to wrap around the top of the bottle if you like
- A Mini Chalkboard or piece of cardstock to write the list of objects on
How to Make the I-Spy Peace Bottle
After gathering all your supplies, lay them out on a table and make a list of them. I used a white Paint Markers to make my list on a cute miniature chalkboard, but you could just use a piece of paper too.
Once your rice is ready, mix all your rice and objects in a large bowl and then slowly pour them into your bottle.
If you try to put the rice in first, and then add the objects, it will be very difficult to get the objects to spread out inside the bottle.
Once the bottle is full, find some fun ribbon and tie on your list of objects.
That’s it – I told you it was easy! I know your students are going to love this – and if you have kids yourself – just TRY and keep it away from them!
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