Don’t waste your money on expensive literacy teaching aids. Everything you need is right here around you and this Pebble Discovery Bottle is just one way you can start using nature to teach your kids.
Kids will love shaking and twisting the bottle 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 with my kids!
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.
This is just another wonderful way to teach children using natural resources. You don’t need to buy all those educational tools when you have nature all around you!
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