Here is a non-exhaustive list of the many ways in which plastic bottles can be used as toys.

Step 1: Rubber ducky's not the one

An empty bottle's much more fun!

Pushed underwater to make bubbles, used as a boat, used to sink other boats, filled with cold water and emptied on some unfortunate sibling's head, squeezed to squirt water or simply used for good old fashion clobbering and splashing -- the fun is endless!

Plus, you never need to clean those nasty black mildew spots. Recycle, and replace it with a fresh one. Did I say one? Fill the tub!
A little science lesson you can do with kids: <br> <br>Fill about 1/3 with water. <br>Get a funnel and let the kids put about another 1/4 or more of plain old dirt fron the yard/beach/driveway/lawn...this can be really cool if the do one a day. <br> <br>Now, get them to put the cap on and shake it up good. Over the next couple days, they will see that the dirt will filrter itself through the water in ascending order of fineness. Rocks on the bottom, silt on top. <br> <br>THis looks cool, it cost nothing and kids think it's great...plus, they might just learn something on summer break this year!
Lots of fun, very creative and green. I find it hard to throw away bottles... or anything with potential. I don't think I could throw out a refrigerator box even now, and my baby is now over 20!<br><br>I like the little fishies idea ;) My pre-schoolers used to love bottles for water and sand play, bowling, collage constructions, shakers... this brings back memories. You can also use the cut-off bottom of a bottle for a sand mold, and blow across the top of a bottle as a &quot;wind instrument&quot;. <br><br>For shakers, try glitter or confetti for a softer sound and to look pretty. If you're using them with littlies, please make sure you duct tape on the lids of shakers with beans etc in.<br><br>Thanks for the 'ible - cute toddler/pup pics too!<br><br>
My dog absolutely LOVES plastic bottles.&nbsp; He'll carry empty 20 oz. bottles around all day and lie with them as if they were a toy.&nbsp; He also loves chasing empty plastic milk gallons.&nbsp; Once we had an empty room in our house (a roommate had just moved out and the new one hadn't moved in yet).&nbsp; We also found ourselves with a few garbage bags full of plastic milk and soda bottles (hadn't been to the recycling center in far too long).&nbsp; We'd been diligent about rinsing, so they were all clean.&nbsp; So my husband decided to dump all the bottles in the empty room and bring the dog in.&nbsp; He went bonkers!&nbsp; Chasing and nosing and running around.&nbsp; So much fun!<br />
&nbsp;That (and a big serving of chicken) would be my dog's idea of heaven!
Some educational stuff, too for the kids:<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Drip_Irrigation_using_pet_bottle/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Drip_Irrigation_using_pet_bottle/</a><br /> <br /> reg<br /> ketan<br /> <div align="left"><font size="1">-------------------------------------------------------- </font></div> <div align="left"><font size="1">&quot;May the good belong to all the people in the world. </font></div> <div align="left"><font size="1">May the rulers go by the path of justice. </font></div> <div align="left"><font size="1">May the best of men and their source always prove to be a blessing. </font></div> <div align="left"><font size="1">May all the world rejoice in happiness. </font></div> <div align="left"><font size="1">May rain come in time and plentifulness be on Earth. </font></div> <div align="left"><font size="1">May this world be free from suffering and the noble ones be free from fears&quot; </font></div> <div align="left"><font size="1">---- Vedic blessing </font></div>
Never had any pup cut their gums on the plastic but we've always had smart dogs. One had a Goldren who could compleley chew up a cat food can and never cut her mouth. She stole the can!
Our puppy loves plastic milk bottles or large pop bottles with a few kibbles inside. She has learned to screw off the cap and shake out the kibbles. But that was when she was two. As a puppy the thing just drove her nuts but she had fun!
a good quick spin to see who gets to be "it" for hide and seek or duck duck goose or tag seems age appropriate
I want your doggie :)
:) Are you sure you want the neighbor kids going home telling their moms "I played spin the bottle at Bobby's house!!!"? Just a thought. Fun stuff - thanks.
What about cap gun? Nice easy fun instructable...
For Spin the Bottle, how about: - Recounting funny dating stories. - How did you get engaged? - Recounting funny kid stories? How many peas can fit up a 2 year old's nose? What happens when a baby eats a lot and the diaper can't hold it all? - Funniest thing your kid has said? - Farthest horizontal distance your baby has "burped up"?
Those are good... and they reminded me of when I was a French teaching assistant trying to get students to talk: I asked them to tell about the most embarrassing thing which had ever happened to them. We heard some great stories, but EVERYBODY told of things which had happened to someone else, not themselves. Since my goal was conversation rather than humiliation I only corrected their grammar....
i love your works u r a great designer.
take it away if they puncture the bottle too as the sharp edges around the hole can cut their gums, then you end up with dog blood on your carpet.
And since my dog can only be described as a drama queen (even though he's a boy...) I'm sure I'd also get some pretty loud yelping.
nice picture of the bubbles. do yo still have that in full res? would make a good background for a phone or computer screen.
Send me a private message with you email and I can send you a copy.
we used to use it at crap parties to make it a bit more interesting. we would get 12 different shots (or as many varieties as the party contains. you may have to mix 2 drinks together if you dont have enough. double shots if its a really bad party) , and then the spinner would drink the shot the bottle pointed to, even if they dont like whats in it. the other one we used was everyone in a ring and the spinner and chosen one have to kiss. not really suitable for the 7 year olds, but could make the parents time a bit more interesting!
Great 'ible They make good funnels for sand too. Just cut off the bottom and use the top half. Because they're a bit wider than most funnels the sand pours through without blocking. They're good for anything you need a funnel for actually.
How could I have missed that one? I even had the piece right there (the other half of the patty cake mold). When the weather warms up maybe I'll go take another picture. Thanks for the comment!
I've always tapped a few holes in the bottle cap w a nail or small drill bit to make an ad-hoc 2 litre squirt gun (by just squeezing bottle), or could be used to water plants. I use one to rinse our shower stall of the spray-on cleaner.
Clever, friendly, warmhearted and creative, very nice! Reminds me of the hours and hours I spend playing, as a kid, with "toys" made from cardboard boxes etc. My favorite was a "Jeep" that I could get inside, drew wheels on the outside too. Varooom!
Thanks! But don't get me started on all the fun things which can be made with cardboard boxes... getting rid of our refrigerator box after a few weeks in the middle of the living room was a traumatic experience....
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