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craft: wave bottle

I am always looking for craft/activity ideas to make for or with Jonah. I found this one in a book we have full of toddler activities.


-Clean, empty soda bottle (book said 16 oz, mine was 20)
-Food coloring
-Baby Oil
-Glitter, beads, sequins, etc. (optional)

Making the wave bottle is super simple. Fill the soda bottle about 1/3 full with water. Then put in a couple drops of food coloring, and whatever else you want to put in. I have had these little red heart glittery sequin-y confetti things FOREVER (like, probably 10 years at least — does that make me some kind of craft hoarder?) and have never been able to figure out anything good to do with them. Well, I think this is the perfect use. Next, fill the bottle the rest of the way with baby oil. I used pretty much the whole bottle, bringing the total cost of this craft to $1.98. Put some strong glue on the inside of the lid and screw it on. That’s it!  The water looks like waves crashing around when you shake the bottle.

Jonah was really intrigued by the wave bottle.  I love crafts like this. It was really cheap and really easy, and took less than 5 minutes to make. Now I’m on the lookout for my next crafty activity!



When I took the video of Jonah pointing out numbers, I also got this. He barely speaks, but will imitate a dinosaur and a cow. Strange kid. 😉

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I found out over the weekend that Jonah has a skill that I had no knowledge of. I will take the credit for helping him learn his shapes and his colors, both of which he knows pretty well, but I’ll have to give the credit to my parents and Jonah’s “Scout phone” for this one. Apparently Jonah knows his numbers. Well, up through ten. Including zero! I tried to get a video of him showing off this skill, but he was not being the most cooperative. I got him pointing out a few, though. It’s blowing my mind.

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DIY Faucet Extender

I’ve been looking around for a faucet extender, but hadn’t been able to find one locally.  My friend Laurie suggested I make one!  I got a flour scoop for $2.97 and Aaron did the rest.  He cut most of the handle off so it would fit, drilled a hole through what was left of the handle, and used a zip tie to attach it.  Super easy and 1/4 of the price of the real thing.  Now Jonah can stand on his little stool and actually wash his hands and brush his teeth at the sink.

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I have the best family ever.  🙂  We’ve been having lots of fun with various iPhone camera apps lately.

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