Friday, October 31, 2014

Magnetic Discovery Bottles for Preschoolers

I got this magnetic discovery bottle idea from Frugal Fun for Boys and decided this would be something fun for my preschool classroom.  My daughter helped me make the bottles.  However, she had so much fun playing with them herself....that she actually wanted me to buy more bottles so she could have some of her own discovery bottles to play with.

-Plastic 2-liter soda bottles
-Pipe cleaners
-Paper clips
-Glue gun (optional)

First, peel the label off your 2-liter bottle and make sure it's washed and dried.  Then add your paper clips.  For the pipe cleaners, just cut them into inch long pieces.

Here's what our bottles looked like when we were finished.

For the little ones, I would recommend glue gunning the lid so they can't open it and swallow the contents of the bottle.

Then just have fun!

We hadn't glued our lids down....

So my daughter took the magnetic wand...

and took all the pipe cleaner pieces out of the bottle.  

She really had a lot of fun with these bottles!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Plastic Pumpkin Tea Light Lanterns Tree Decoration for Halloween

I thought I would share this simple and fun Halloween decor that I just put up on my front yard tree. It all started when I found these cute little plastic pumpkins on sale at Michaels for 60% off.  I then wondered if  a battery operated tea light would fit inside the pumpkin...and it did!  So off I went to the 99cents store to buy a few packages of tea lights.


-Small plastic pumpkins (purchased from Michael's)
-Tea lights (battery operated)


Hang the pumpkins with string around the tree.  The length of the string is up to you.

Turn on your tea light...

Then place it inside the pumpkin.

That's it!  Have a Happy Halloween!