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Zen Art With A Water Bottle

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Recycle that water bottle, and make a cool sand art pendulum.

This is a nice project for the kids on a day when you can't go out and play. This entertained them for hours. But when you're all done, you WILL need to vacuum, and they WILL need to take a bath.

You will need:

a water bottle
string
scissors
a big piece of cardboard
salt or sugar (or sand)
a needle, or drill bit, or awl. (something to poke some holes.)
 
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Step 1: Build your pendulum

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Take an empty water bottle, and cut off the bottom. Poke three hole equally spaced about 1/4" from where you cut. Tie a sting to each hole. Tie strings together at the other end. All 3 strings should be the same length.

Now take the cap, and drill a hole through the top. (about 1/4" diameter)

Step 3: Fill 'er up

Now it's time to fill up the bottle. I used Salt. You can use sugar, but your little ones might spend more time eating it than playing. You could use sand if you had some.
Fill the bottle while holding your finger over the hole in the cap. Get ready to remove you finger and give it a good swing. (Not too hard, or you'll shoot salt across the room.)

Make sure the bottle is DRY. If there is any water in there, the salt with clump, and it will not flow out.

Step 4: Let it swing.

Let is swing around. Give it a twist to make some interesting patterns. Let the little ones try to catch it, and send it off. If your little ones are bigger, go ahead and share all your knowlegde of pedulums, and Foucault pendulums..
Zen art with a combo of spilling salt omen. i love it
well, technically, it inst spilling so...
Spilling: The act of dropping or spreading out of a fluid or particles; The action of spreading out in the manner of a fluid Spilled: spilled - The amount of the material spilled, in gallons or pounds. The amount field often contains an estimate made at the time the spill is reported. Yeah i reckon it come under it, but in all truthfulness it is intentional spilling so we could let this one slide as "debatable, but not worth debating"
i wasn't really trying to start a debate, so i will agree with you on that.
indeed
it was quite a shoddy argument to begin with, so I don't see why a shoddy person like you could possibly win such a shoddy argument.

also, zoom in below...

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what exactly is this term "shoddy"? i have never quite been able to grasp it.
cheap-jack
deceptive, you know what i mean
It's a very shoddy term that depicts the shoddiness of the object of the sentence and also is a very shoddy term to use in an argument, as people tend to see it as shoddy. in other words, GOOGLE.
eh. ill stick to my ignorance. if i haven't been able to figure it out by this point, i don't need to.
OH WELL. OH LOOK, CAPS LOCK IS STILL ON FROM MY LAST COMMENT. there we go.geez, my vocal cords hurt now.
You sir, are a deprived man.
aye. very much so.
aye, a very shoddy argument there, aye. aye, you know, shoddy and aye are fun to slip into shoddy sentences, aye.
Ha i don't need to given they are all the right size in my comments box on my user page. I FOILED YOUR SHODDILY MADE PLOT!
i said i love it lol gosh
lol
This is a really great idea, but I think it would be better to use play sand. If I'm not mistaken, it can be bought in small amounts at craft stores. That way, you're not wasting food, well, ingredients anyway.
rtgould5 years ago
did i see the FSM on the light fixture
fsm?
I saw it... all hail pastafarianism!
I never heard of FSM before. Now that I know about it, I am intrigued. Who knew my piece of string that I was too lazy to cut down would be a sign.
codongolev5 years ago
put salt in it to make mazes for slugs.
domestic_engineer (author)  codongolev5 years ago
That's evil. I LOVE IT. I hate slugs.
arentnancy5 years ago
Nice idea ! If you use heavy paper inside a shallow box, you can pick up the salt and slide it into the bottle, skipping the cup step and the shallow box (such as a lid from copy paper carton, helps to contain the salt. I used this method with glitter for decades. Also, Kosher salt is good because its more coarse than table salt and works a lot like sand. aren't nancy
stib5 years ago
nice idea! I'll test it out on the minions sometime.
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
cool!
fwjs285 years ago
sweet ......5/5
HAL 90005 years ago
cool! i remember seeing one of these at a sort of hands on science museum locally, only it was about 20 feet tall and i think used markers instead of salt. neat idea, love the pics
canida5 years ago
This is awesome!