DIY Shaking Bottle: Great Toddler Entertainment

I first found out about Shakey Bottles from a stay-at-home Dad/friend, he made them for his son to enjoy and also gave them out as gifts.   I loved the concept and have had my eyes peeled for a number of weeks, looking for the perfect bottles!  I finally found some at during a trip to a salvage grocery store.  Whoohoo!  Time to make our Shaking bottles!  Hopefully these will help entertain our youngest during a long road trip coming up.
. shakey I-Spy bottle toddler toy

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

  • Some fun bottles
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Collection of charms, beads, glitter, small plastic toys, buttons, etc.  We even cut up a straw for our blue bottle.

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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!

How to make your Shaking Bottle:

  • Add the charms, beads, etc.
  • Top off your bottle with water (or you can use rice, silica balls, oil, etc.)
  • Glue the lid back on

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.


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!

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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).