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::: painting inside the bottles

When the children are looking for something new to do with paint, we relish the challenge to come up with something a little bit different.

Here we gave the children some clear bottles and squirty paint.

They added squirts of different coloured paints to the insides of the bottles.

Naturally they chose to add several different colours.

Next they rolled and shook and tipped and rolled …

until the paint whizzed all around it.

You don’t want the paint to be too thick or it doesn’t go anywhere. We needed to water ours down a little.

It’s a good idea to pop a bit of tape over the end of the bottle as the children are bound to tip it upside down so the paint can run down the sides!

It is sort of messy play without the mess!

Don’t they look great?

The great thing about painting the inside of the bottle meant that despite the rain we could still pop them out in the garden to dry … Well, the one they didn’t take home we could pop outside in the rain to dry!

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22 Responses to “painting inside the bottles”

  1. Scott says:

    These are great! I’ve also done this with clear plastic Christmas ornaments. Take off the hook attachment and pour in the paint. Roll around for a while and sit upside down in a cup (so excess paint will drain). Put the hook attachment back one and hang on your tree or wreath.

    ::: LOVE it Scott! With just 53 days until Christmas you’ve got our minds tick, tick, ticking now! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  2. Kierna says:

    Love, love , love it – can’t wait to try this – after I have gathered up 26 bottles! Out of curiousity did the paint run down the tree branch?

    ::: It DID Kierna and it looked terrific! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  3. These are great! Love the idea!

    ::: Thanks Melissa! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. These are great! I’ll have to keep this activity in mind next time I get my hands on some plastic bottles!


    ::: Have fun when you do Aleacia! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  5. sarah says:

    Great idea! The next step I suppose could be adding rice/stones/seeds etc popping the lid on and they havve their own designed musical instruments!

    ::: What a terrific idea Sarah! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  6. Plastic bottles are everywhere. This is such a good idea especially as I have one munchkin who paints her whole body, hair, the easel or the table before you can blink everytime we do painting! Contained but creative. Yipee!

    ::: Have fun with it Lesley! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  7. donna says:

    how fun! now i have a great idea for all those small water bottles i’ve been saving!

    ::: Glad we could help out with an idea Donna! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  8. carla says:

    you could also do this with paper, a marble or two and paint. roll the paper up into a tube like struction, cut off the end of the bottle insert paper into bottle put some paint and marble (s) duck tape the end of the bottle back and and shake the sillies out of it.

    ::: Great minds think alike Carla πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  9. Elissa says:

    what were the bottles originally? (softdrink?) I struggle to find such lovely smooth bottles for sensory bottles and things, those look perfect for all sorts of goodies πŸ™‚

    ::: We picked them up from a recycle center Elissa. Not sure what they were used for originally! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  10. Bonna says:

    Couldn’t one use recycled water bottles? There may be more texture like lines in them, but they are abundant and free.

    ::: Great idea Bonna! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  11. Bianca says:

    These are gorgeous…I’d love to see what they look like when the sun shines through them. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    ::: We’ll try and remember to post a pic Bianca when we return from our trip. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  12. GREAT IDEA!!!!

    ::: Thanks Ana! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  13. Karen says:

    Oh yeah! Must do this!

    ::: Have fun with it Karen! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  14. Maria says:

    I love this, the simplicity and the creativity is remarkable.
    wonderful new way to explore colour, movement and to just have a blast.

    ::: Thanks Maria … It really was a blast! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  15. MarΓ­lia says:

    Espectacular!!!! ParabΓ©ns, gostei muito da ideia, vou experimentar com os meus alunos! Obrigada pela partilha! MarΓ­lia

  16. Jode says:

    Fantastic idea….i didn’t see this idea in 15 yrs of childcare teaching! if only my twins were old enough to try it out…although maybe the teen would give it a go!
    Thanks for sharing

    ::: Regardless of age Jode it is a lot of fun to do! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  19. We did this soon after your posting! Thanks for the irresistible idea!

    ::: Good on you Melissa! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  20. I love this idea! That’s going on my toddler lesson plan right away!

    I’ve seen something similar done before by infants, to great effect–they used glass bottles and then nailed the lids to a board as part of a centerwide study on the colorful blown glass art of dale chihuly, seen here:

    ::: Wow they look amazing Summer Dahlia. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  21. Robin says:

    Did you use a special paint for the plastic?

  22. admin says:

    No Robyn … Just our regular ‘poster’paint. – Donna