Meet the Sullivans: KTMA | Mommy & Me Craft

September 5, 2013

KTMA | Mommy & Me Craft

Welcome to the second day of our Kid Tested, Mom Approved Link Up Party! If you missed the Style File link up on Tuesday there is still time to check it out {here!} and see what everyone shared!

Erinn of Strawberry Swing and Other Things is our hostess with the mostess today and we're all sharing how we get CRAFTY with our kiddos! Art is a great way for toddlers to express their creativity, learn new skills and work on fine motor skills. AND it keeps them occupied, busy and most often, happy!


I first saw something like this at Target years ago and thought it would be such a fun craft to make with my Kindergarten class (maybe with items they brought from home as homework?), but never got around to it. Well, last week I finally got around to making one for Owen and I to put together together. We were done in minutes and now Owen has a homemade toy he can play I-spy with (he really does love trying to find the little objects) and it cost us nothing!


1 plastic bottle (I used a VOS water bottle because of it's clean lines)
dry rice
small treasures
glue gun


1. Empty, clean and thoroughly dry your bottle.
2. Take a photo of your treasures before putting them in the bottle so that older children (or you!) can see which items they are trying to find.
3. Print a copy of the photo, and if possible have it laminated to insure its longevity.
4. Alternate adding rice and toys to your bottle until it's almost full. Be sure to leave enough room at  the top so the rice can move around when you shake it to find new items.
5. Glue the lid on so no one opens it up! (unless you want rice all over your floor!)
6. Show your child they can shake the bottle and discover a new toy each time!

All of our items were pretty small, but I think the smaller the toy the better!

I used little toys and things we had laying around the house. Things that would otherwise be categorized at choking hazards. Owen loved playing with the little train and was pretty upset that we had to see it disappear into the bottle along with the rice.

This tiny gumball machine was my favorite little piece in the I-spy bottle! I think it's so cute.

And the train was obviously Owen's fave!

What fun crafts have you made with your kids? Link up and share your ideas!


the girl in the red shoes said...

This is such a great idea! I'm totally going to do this with Hudson!

Amanda | Kids and Cabernet said...

Coolest idea!! I'm totally doing this!! :)

Emily said...

This is such a fun idea! I think my O would love it too! Officially on the "to-do" activities!!

Tara said...

Cute idea!

Jenn said...

So fun! I can't wait to make a couple of these for H and B.

Vanessa said...

Pinning this now! What a perfect use for all of those little trinkets!

Emily Marie said...

Love this Idea, so fun and creative! I must do this with my daughter soon:) said...

I've seen this version and a fabric sack with a "window" version. I can't decide which I like better!

chelsey (ThingstobeStroudof) said...

What an adorable idea!!!

Jess at Just Rainbows and Butterflies said...

Im late to the party on this, but what a simple and great idea. I can't wait to make it with Sawyer when he is a bit older.