It’s Miss E and J’s last year at home with me and I’m trying to enjoy moments with them everyday, as well as prepare them for school emotionally and educationally. I gave my eldest that advantage (she could read before she went to school) so I want to give the twins that same opportunity.
I’d been looking for literacy teaching aids online but then realised that I was about to waste my money because I had what I needed already around me. I couldn’t wait to think up activities that would teach my girls basic literacy and numeracy skills using natural resources found in nature! This discovery bottle was my first idea.
We’ve been learning a letter and it’s sound each day, so this pebble discovery bottle has been getting them shaking and twisting to find the letter they’re learning about. It’s just another play-based way to cement their recognition of letters. It’s been a hit!
How to make the pebble discovery bottle
What you’ll need:
- pebbles/rocks small enough to fit in a water bottle
- a recycled water bottle. I don’t buy water bottles anymore, but occasionally my hubby still does.
- a permanent marker
How to make it:
- Using the permanent marker write each letter of the alphabet on both sides of its own pebble. I wrote the upper and lower case letter.
- Place the alphabet pebbles in the water bottle.
- Fill the remainder of the bottle 3/4 full with blank pebbles.
- Fill the bottle with water and tightly secure the lid.
- Shake the bottle to move the alphabet stones around the bottle.
- Time to play and learn!
We are up to learning the letter G and they still love to find the letter in the pebble discovery bottle after we’ve learnt about it. I’ve also noticed them pointing out the letters they already recognise on their own.
Here’s just another way to teach children using natural resources. You don’t need to buy all those educational tools when you have nature all around you!