We made these cool rainbow bottles using cereal. Did you think it was colored sand? This is a great activity to do with kids who still like to put everything in their mouths since the "sand" is edible. It was so easy to make that you're going to want to run out and get yourself some Fruity Pebbles so you can make one too!
You will need:
- Fruity Pebbles cereal
- Cups for sorting
- Small empty water bottle
- Small zip top bags
- Rolling pin
I placed a couple of scoops of the cereal on a plate and gave the girls cups for sorting. I started them off with one color of Fruity Pebbles in each cup so they would know where to put the rest. This is a fun way to work on sorting and color recognition, not to mention fine motor skills as they pick up the cereal.
Even with three kids sorting it took a long time to go through the cereal I provided. My kids were very determined though and found the entire process fun. We poured our cereal from the cups into some bags so that we had one bag for each color.
Then we used a rolling pin to crush the cereal to make "sand." My kids loved watching the Fruity Pebbles crunch and crack beneath the rolling pin.
After a few minutes of rolling, we had a fine dust. After we crushed the cereal we realized we would be needing more of each color to fill our bottles, so we went back and sorted and crushed some more.
Then it was time to add the "sand" to the bottle. You will need your funnel for this step. My five year old was able to do this step herself while I held the funnel for my three year old.
We layered the colors one at time into the bottle. My kids wanted to stick closely to the order of the rainbow, but you can pour the colors any way you'd like.
Starting to fill up!
Almost done. Can you believe that is Fruity Pebbles in there?
This is where my hubby got in on the act. He crushed up some purple pebbles and added them to our bottle.
We filled the last color up to the top. It's important to fill the bottle to the top so that the cereal doesn't shift and the colors don't mix.
At this point you can hot glue the cap onto the bottle so your kids can't open it and it does not spill out. You can also use tape.
There are so many fun ways to play with this rainbow bottle! The kids have enjoyed rolling it, shaking it and using it as a decoration in their block play.