DIY Shaking Bottles for Toddler Learning and Entertainment

I first found out about these DIY Shaking Bottles from a stay-at-home Dad/friend, who made them for his son to enjoy.  He also makes them and gives them out as gifts.   I love a toddler activity that’s easy, looks great and provides opportunities for learning too!

I’ve had my eyes peeled for a number of weeks, looking for the perfect bottles to make a set of shaking bottles of our own. I finally found some at during a trip to a salvage grocery store.  Whoohoo!  Hopefully these will help entertain our youngest during a long road trip coming up.
Shaking bottles for toddlers

What you need to make your own Shaking Bottle Toddler Toy:

  • Some small, fun bottles
  • Gorilla Glue
  • a variety of “fillers”: water, food colouring, hair gel, dish soap, oils, silica balls, coloured rice, tissue paper etc.
  • Collection of stuff to put in your bottles: charms, beads, glitter, small plastic toys, buttons, etc.

rice and craft foam in small bottle

 Bottle filled with coloured rice and craft foam pieces.

How to make your Shaking Bottle:

  • Add the charms, beads, etc.
  • Top off your bottle with water/liquid or whatever filler you’ve chosen
  • Glue the lid back on

bottle filled with hair gel and glass beads

Hair gel and glass vase fillers or beads.

I had used hot glue before and rubber cement, even super glue, for our “I Spy Rice Jars”.  The problem with hot glue and rubber cement is that it is malable.  The problem with super glue is its ability to crack.  My son was able to open the jars given enough time and boredom (both in abundance during road trips) using all those other glues.  Gorilla Glue is really tough!  So far we’ve used it to put back together magnets, plastic doll heads, toy cars, etc.  Its great stuff.   I think I’ve finally found a glue that works!

bottle filled with orange water and beads

Water, food colouring and craft beads.

Hand your toy to your toddler to shake, bang and bite to their hearts content!  Even my older preschoolers enjoy these bottles!  We play can you find the “dime” or whatever, it is a great way to keep them active on a trip.  Hopefully, these will remain in one piece.

shaking a bottle of blue water and soap

Water, blue food colouring and dish soap.

 I know these are pretty popular.  Have you made one?  Feel free to leave a link to your shaking bottle in the comments and I’ll include it in an updated version of this post!

set of four shaking bottles




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An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).