This is an easy craft that takes only a minimal amount of preparation/shopping. Unless you’re like us and
discover you don’t have any soft drink bottles. And since the only
person who drinks soft drink in this house is David, Aisha pestered him
for a week to finish up his “yucky water” (tonic water) so we could make
The full list of materials is as follows:
- - cellophane, cut into strips
- - a bendy straw or bit of plastic piping (I used an old plastic clothes hanger, broken into the right size)
- - string or wool
- - glitter
- - stickers
- - plastic knives
- - a plastic bottle
- - a plastic or paper cup
- - clear tape for fixing
- - coloured tape for decoration.
The only preparation needed is to strip the labels from the plastic bottles and to cut the cellophane into
strips. I used wrapping paper instead of cellophane which worked, but
the paper turned soggy in the bottle (because water is added later), so
definitely I should have looked more carefully before I purchased my
roll! (I was more intent on choosing a colour than double-checking what I
was actually buying…)
A funnel would have been helpful in getting more glitter inside the bottle rather than
outside. (Also, keep the glitter away from any 2yos who are hanging
Take your plastic or paper cup, and cut semi-circles from the lip. This allows the cup to be taped onto the bottle more securely.
Don’t worry too much about getting the curves perfect — a rushed job
Tape the ends of the string onto the turret to hold it in place. Depending on how much string/wool you want
to use, you could also wrap the string around the length of the bottle
to give it more colour.
We followed this activity by reading a book on submarines and watching some real and
remote-controlled submarines on Youtube. The girls took their subs with
them into the bath and they’ve been playing with them inside and out.
So far, they’ve lasted a couple days. Good value for a home-made craft!