DIY Water Bottle I-Spy Game

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Reuse empty water bottles and make a fun item for the beach bag. DIY Water Bottle I-Spy Games are so easy to make, even the kids can help on this crafty project.

Reuse old water bottles and make a fun item for the beach bag. DIY Water Bottle I-Spy Games are so easy to make the kids can help on this crafty project.

There’s a quote about children that I often remind myself of when attempting to help my youngest daughter Leightyn tackle new things. The gist of the quote is that every child “learns at a different style and pace” and it is oh so true! What an older sibling may have tackled with complete ease and confidence doesn’t necessarily hold true for the next child. Swimming is the perfect example, up until this spring Leightyn has wanted zip, zero, nada to do with getting into pools or even the lake in our subdivision. She would flat out refuse and she is one stubborn child, her no means NO!

After endless attempts last summer resulting in frustration for all, I resolved to try a few new approaches so we could ALL enjoy trips down to the lake. First off I told Leightyn we would shop together for something to help her feel comfortable in the water without making her feel confined. She had already expressed her disinterest in putting on a traditional life-vest as she felt trapped. The second thing we discussed is that we would pop over to the lake when it was less crowded so she felt more at ease and not pressured to swim like the other kids. And lastly I told her that she just needed to try for a short amount of time and then she could sit on a beach chair and relax and that we’d even make a fun item together to pass the time while her siblings finished swimming.

Reuse old water bottles and make a fun item for the beach bag. DIY Water Bottle I-Spy Games are so easy to make the kids can help on this crafty project.

We found ourselves shopping at Target and it was the perfect time to pick up a Stearns® Puddle Jumper®  3D Life Jacket. She quickly chose one with her favorite PAW Patrol® character right on the chest in 3D, super cute! Into the cart it went!

Reuse old water bottles and make a fun item for the beach bag. DIY Water Bottle I-Spy Games are so easy to make the kids can help on this crafty project.

There’s a couple of things that I immediately liked about the Stearns® Puddle Jumper®  3D Life Jacket. The comfortable design definitely looked like it would allow Leightyn movement but protection at the same time. There’s adjustable buckle straps in the back and they are made with woven polyester which is a softer fabric leading to less chafing. Now that we had the perfect swim vest it was time to get crafting before our trip down to the lake.

One thing we go through a ton of during the summer are plastic water bottles! I decided we’d make good use out of one by making a DIY Water Bottle I-Spy Game. With fun little trinkets mixed in with dyed rice it makes a fun item to throw into the beach bag to pass some time down by the water.

Reuse old water bottles and make a fun item for the beach bag. DIY Water Bottle I-Spy Games are so easy to make the kids can help on this crafty project.

Let me tell show you how easy they are to make, they are a great summer project for the kiddos. Great for sleepovers, or kids parties too.

DIY Water Bottle I-Spy Game

Reuse old water bottles and make a fun item for the beach bag. DIY Water Bottle I-Spy Games are so easy to make the kids can help on this crafty project.

  • Start with a clean bottle with label removed.
  • We used 1 1/2 cups of rice for a 20 oz. bottle.
  • Divide rice into plastic cups. 1/2 cup in each plastic cup.
  • Squeeze 3 drops of food dye into each cup.
  • Stir until dye is completely mixed into rice.

Reuse old water bottles and make a fun item for the beach bag. DIY Water Bottle I-Spy Games are so easy to make the kids can help on this crafty project.

  • Pour rice onto flat surface to dry a minimum of 4 hours.
  • Assemble small trinkets (buttons, beads, coins, paper clips etc) for bottle.
  • Funnel colored rice into bottle, add in trinkets. Shake!
  • Use glue along top of bottle to completely secure lid.
  • OPTIONAL: Attach a list of items found in the bottle or snap a pic of trinkets with your phone before adding into the bottle. We put our list in a resealable plastic bag because we we’re heading to the beach.

Reuse old water bottles and make a fun item for the beach bag. DIY Water Bottle I-Spy Games are so easy to make the kids can help on this crafty project.

Now off to the beach we go! We grabbed our beach bag, beach towels, our DIY Water Bottle I-Spy Game and our new Stearns® Puddle Jumper®  3D Life Jacket.

Reuse old water bottles and make a fun item for the beach bag. DIY Water Bottle I-Spy Games are so easy to make the kids can help on this crafty project.

Taking Leightyn to the lake at a less busy time was definitely helpful. She easily got into her Stearns® Puddle Jumper®  3D Life Jacket, she like that she could move around easily. This US Coast Guard-approved life jacket allowed her to easily move around, jump, swim and move freely without riding up around her neck and making her feel constrained.

Reuse old water bottles and make a fun item for the beach bag. DIY Water Bottle I-Spy Games are so easy to make the kids can help on this crafty project.

I could see the change in her face, she went from being scared to feeling more confident in the water without pressure. It became fun for her just as we were hoping.

You can see it as clear as day…FUN was being had by a little girl who last year wanted NOTHING to do with this very same lake! YES! I have to mention another thing I really like about this life jacket:  there’s Antimicrobial properties built into the vest to resist odor-causing bacteria on the vest, no fear of stink! Can’t beat that!

Reuse old water bottles and make a fun item for the beach bag. DIY Water Bottle I-Spy Games are so easy to make the kids can help on this crafty project.

Help your little one be more confident in the water, pick them up a Stearns® Puddle Jumper®  3D Life Jacket at Target and get in the water!

Reuse old water bottles and make a fun item for the beach bag. DIY Water Bottle I-Spy Games are so easy to make the kids can help on this crafty project.

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Comments

  1. That is such a cute idea. It’s a great way to keep the kid occupied and exercise those little minds.

  2. Spy Games are so much fun, but they contain so few objects and are so expensive, it’s easy to grow bored with them. This one is awesome because you can change things up for different themes and holidays so there is no reason to get bored.

  3. You are such a great mom!! What a cool idea! Looks like so much fun for any age! My oldest was on swim team and I remember the long practices and meets, my daughter, bored out of her mind. I did fun things like this for her too but I sure wish I had thought of this cool idea!

  4. That’s an absolutely adorable idea. Great fun in the car, that’s for sure! I love that it teaches them to pay attention to detail as well.

  5. Rebecca Swenor says:

    I love the idea of making the the DIY water bottle I spy game. The kids I know would love to help make these and play with them. The Puddle Jumper 3D Life Jacket by Stearns is so cute and I love they come in different characters. I will have to share this with my sister and nieces for their little ones. Thanks for sharing the life jacket and the DIY spy game.

  6. Victoria Heckstall says:

    Looks like a good game for the kids for brain development! I love the listing idea, haha lol that’s so cute.

  7. The DIY spy game is wonderful. What a creative way to use household items and pass the time.

  8. That is so colorful and very creative. I would like to try this with my kids.

  9. You could keep a young mind occupied for hours with this. I love it! This is a very creative idea.

  10. My youngest is learning how to swim this year. He has always been a water baby though.

    The ispy bottle is a cute idea. It would be perfect to take on a road trip too.

  11. I love this! Especially the colorful rice. Speaking of water safety, I need to get my daughter a puddle jumpers. We don’t have one right now and she LOVES going in the pool.

  12. Misty Nelson Dawn says:

    Such a good ideas and perfect for the kids and to keep them busy during this summer

  13. I love sensory bottles! I have made 5 in the past 2 weeks.

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