Ocean in a bottle

It’s the end of the summer, let’s capture the ocean in a bottle. This is a fun science/art  activity you can do with your child.  You can talk about why the water and oil are separated from each other, color, and different things with the ocean. The waves, currents, creatures, etc.

What you will need:

Empty two liter plastic bottle with lid
Baby oil, clear vegetable oil or mineral oil
Water funnel
Food coloring
Small star fish, shells or other sea creatures
One tsp glitter
White craft glue
Hot glue

How to make it:

Wash and dry two-liter bottle and remove all labels
Fill bottle halfway with tap water
Add a few drops of food coloring and swirl around to mix
Add glitter, sea creatures
Fill bottle the rest of the way with oil using a funnel
Be sure that rim and cap are dry, then apply white craft glue around the rim. Seal cap. Use a layer of hot glue around the outer edge of the cap for added protection from leakage
Turn bottle on its side and gently rock the bottle to create a “wave” inside your ocean habitat!

Note: You can also do this with just the first four items, and even use a smaller bottle. Just be sure that either one you use the cap is sealed with tape or glue.

Benefits: Colors,  motor skills, cause and effect, measuring, cooperation, listening and following directions, sensory pleasure, new vocabulary: waves, current, flow, fluid, transform.

This activity is best for ages 3-9. Use your judgment on your child’s abilities.

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