Today I decided to try something a little different with the munckin man. I wandered around Babies R Us this morning looking for a new toy, but nothing quite fit the bill so when we got home I decided I would try to concoct a new experience for the little guy myself. There was a water bottle sitting on my kitchen counter and that seemed to have potential, then I remembered all the green food coloring left over from St. Patrick’s Day. But why stop with green? So, I ended up coloring three bottles….red…. yellow (because I think that’s his favorite color)…. and green. (I know…it was not lost on me that this has some sort of ‘stop light’ game potential with an older child. I’m filing that thought away for later). I put different amounts of water in each bottle because I’m hoping he’ll pick up on the fact some are easier or harder to lift, roll around etc.. Very simple. I set us up outside on the deck just in case we sprung a leak or had a spill. (Bonus points for taking the activity outside).
I set the three bottles up in front of him and let him go to town. I was curious to see which one he would go for first. Maybe yellow? He did! Score 1pt for Mom knowing her kid 😉 Then of course, yellow went in the mouth, as does everything these days. He tried that for a little while while I became nervous about the cap hazard and then decided he green looked good. Green went in the mouth too. uuuhh.frazzled Mom nerves kicking in. I wondered if he wondered if green would taste different? He played with green and yellow for a little bit and then eventually went for the red. (btw…once he “tasted” the first couple bottles he never put them in his mouth again). I would obviously supervise this activity because of the caps – or find a way to glue them to the bottle).
Great idea! Don’t you just love in the moment inspiration! My youngest is 3 and although I think he would love this- I’d definitely need to find a way to keep the tops on– maybe duct tape?
Put glue around the inside of the caps 🙂
Who needs store bought toys? Most of J’s favorite toys are made at home. Love the pick of him chewing in the yellow bottle…hahaha! BTW…you can hot glue the tops on so they don’t come off.
Lindsi B says
Super idea! Such bright and bold colors too! I’d like to invite you to share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Friday @Toys In The Dryer http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/03/fun-stuff-fridays-16.html.
Thank you Lindsi 🙂 I’ll be right over the check it out!
What a fantastic idea! We definitely might try this with my 19 mo daughter.
Fun Frugal Mommy says
Great idea for little ones. I would love if you shared this idea on my fun frugal friday linky party. http://www.funfrugalmommy.blogspot.com
Growing a Jeweled Rose says
How fun! My 8 month old would love this! Thanks for sharing with The Kids Co- Op!