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Sand Bottles with Rock Salt

by on Jun 7th, 2011

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I’m sure most of you have already seen sand bottles whenever you go to the beach or just randomly displayed in houses or restaurants. I’ve been very fond of these since I was young and have always been curious how they were made. As I grew older, I also slowly realized how it wasn’t so difficult to make after all.

Now that I knew how to make it, it was time to let the kiddos try it out! The thing is, I didn’t have enough sand! The sand I had was already used up! I have yet to go for another beach outing to collect more sand. So what are alternatives to sand? Why, salt of course!

What you will need:

  • Transparent plastic bottle (Make sure it isn’t too big or you’ll ran out of salt/sand)
  • Small clear plastic or Ziploc bag
  • Rock salt
  • Food coloring
  • Plastic/disposable spoon
  • Funnel (optional)

What to do:

Step 1: Take the rock salt and put a couple of spoonfuls into the clear plastic. (Make several of this)

Step 2: Add different food coloring per plastic to give color to the salt and start mixing it with your hands

Step 3: Take the colored salt and start layering it in the bottle.

We made a paper funnel but the kids eventually preferred to just directly put the salt in.

Step 4: Display the salt bottles and make your home a little bit more colorful! You can even give them as gifts!



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Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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