Fine Motor Skills Bottle for Toddlers

Last week we made a simple discovery bottle with our kids. A Fine Motor Skills Bottle activity.

There is little that will keep my tots attention for very long. They seem to love to flutter from activity to activity… until this bottle came along!

Be sure to add this to your list of great activities for 2 year olds!

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Make a Fine Motor Skills Bottle

All you need for your own bottle:

  • Empty clean water bottle with a lid.
  • Handful of toothpicks.
  • Screw.

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Poke a hole into the lid of the bottle using a screw that is the slightly wider than the toothpicks.

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We have three toddlers/young preschoolers…

I love how this activity brought them together. They all wanted to take turns dropping the toothpicks and hearing the pitter-patter of the toothpicks falling into the bottle.

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The finished product is a fun musical instrument. When you shake it, the bottle sounds like falling rain.

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We have made other discovery bottles in the past.

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  1. Due u have other ideas for preschool ages 4-5yr olds. Fine motor skills

  2. Great idea! I’ve been looking for some activities to introduce to my 16 month old. I’m not qure sure if she is ready for this type of activity, but I may give it a try. I’m sure she’ll love it in a few more months though.

  3. What a great activity! We’ve been working a lot on fine motor skills lately and this would be perfect for my 2 year old 🙂 I love that it works so well as a quiet time activity as well.

  4. great idea! We’ve done pipe cleaners with a plastic container with holes punched out but this requires even more fine motor skills. Will definitely be doing this!

  5. This is so inexpensive, and it’s such a great activity. Visiting from Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party.

  6. I love this idea! It is inexpensive to make and would be an excellent way to develop fine motor skills!

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  7. Great idea! Toddlers desperately need the fine motor practice, and usually have loads of fun with it too. This is just one example! Thanks for linking up to the After School Linky!

  8. Definitely a great idea for toddler/preschool agers! Thanks!

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