Do your kids know what the poppy is – or what it represents? How about the peace sign? Or even Remembrance Day or Veteran’s Day?
When I recently realized that Onetime was finally old enough to start to understand some of these things, I decided to come up with a fun way to introduce some of these symbols and concepts.
What I came up with is a Peace-Themed I-Spy Discovery Bottle that is fun to play with and explore, and it acts as the perfect jump off point to discuss these symbols, and why they are especially important this month.
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Supplies for the Peace Bottle
- A large glass or clear plastic bottle (I use an empty Voss Water Bottle)
- Red dyed rice (you could also use plain white rice) to fill your bottle most of the way
- A variety of small objects that can fit inside the bottle that have to do with peace or remembrance, like:
– peace signs (I used old wooden checkers pieces and drew the signs on with paint markers)
– plastic hearts
– large plastic letter leads that spell HOPE, PEACE, and LOVE
– flag confetti
– white cross beads
– an Earth foamie
– old keys (the key to peace…)
– inspiring metal scrapbooking words like these: HOPE FAITH PEACE – DREAM BELIEVE Word Beads
– poppies (red flower beads that I coloured green in the center with paint markers)
– felt poppies
– a miniature bell
- Ribbons to wrap around the top of the bottle if you like
- A mini-chalkboard or piece of cardstock to write the list of objects on
How to Make the I-Spy Peace Bottle
After gathering all your supplies, lay them out on a table and make a list of them. I used a white Paint Marker to make my list on a cute miniature chalkboard, but you could just use a piece of paper too.
To make the coloured rice, all you do is lay your rice out on a cookie tray, spray it liberally with vinegar and then mix in some food colouring. Stir until the rice is coated and leave to dry.
Once your rice is ready, mix all your rice and objects in a large bowl and then slowly pour them into your bottle. (If you try to put the rice in first, and then add the objects, it will be very difficult to get the objects to spread out inside the bottle.)
Once the bottle is full, find some fun ribbon and tie on your list of objects.
That’s it – I told you it was easy! I know your kids are going to love this – just TRY and keep it away from them!
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Have fun spying- peacefully of course!
Debbie Newland says
I love the peace bottle idea. What container did you use for the bottle.
Sue Lively says
Hi Debbie – thanks so much! I use a Voss water bottle. They have such a unique shape and the glass is very thick (not unbreakable, but fairly sturdy.) Be sure to check out the details of how I made this bottle over at ThisLibraryLove.com.
Janice Oen says
Add the lid you will likely want to duct tape the lid when there is oil, because if it breaks oh nelly is it a mess. I find glue can sometimes make the cap more brittle, and while I like it and trust it for most things, oil spills are the worst and need tape. If you are generally wary of oil or food color in discovery bottles check out my no oil color mixing one here.
Sue Lively says
Hi Janice – No oil in this discovery bottle! The food colouring is all dry on the rice – so no mess! Thanks for dropping by. Best, Sue