A pine needle in a bottle

A pine needle in a bottle

There is just something about pinecones and pine needles that are so inviting and so beautiful. I wanted my students to take a closer look at the pine needles so I made up a few pine needle discovery bottles to add to our classroom collection…

I only added water and pine needles to the bottles and I hot glued the lids closed.  As the children looked through the bottles, the pine needles were magnified by the curves of the bottles which really gives a fun perspective of the pine needles…

I am always collecting different sizes and shapes of water bottles so I invited the children to make their own pine needle discovery bottles too…

They started by adding a one or more pine needle branches to their water bottle and then filling up the bottle with water almost to the top…

Once the water was added, the children added a few pinches or spoon fulls of glitter to their bottle…

Then the children brought the bottles over to me and I added hot glue to the inside of their lids and put them on the bottles…

These were pretty tall bottles and perhaps a bit on the heavy side too:)   But the children loved them and enjoyed shaking the glitter with both hands and watching the glitter land all around their pine needles…

The children took their pine needle discovery bottles home at the end of the day and I set mine back up on our discovery shelf…

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  • Riley Grant Posted December 11, 2012 7:30 am

    You are so stinkin’ creative!!

  • Rhythm Posted December 11, 2012 9:15 am

    This looks like a lot of fun! You always seem to have fun ideas!

  • Cathie Posted December 11, 2012 11:44 pm

    Cute and simple idea. Love that the children were so involved.

    Cathie @toddlersthroughpreschool.com

  • Ann Posted December 12, 2012 6:39 am

    These are beautiful!

  • Loralee Posted December 12, 2012 11:48 pm

    These are beautiful!

  • Fran Lafferty Posted December 18, 2012 8:06 pm

    I’ve had such delight browsing your blog, and it makes me wish I had such creative sites like this to give me ideas when I had preschoolers of my own (mine are teenagers now).

    Drop by my blog for some Fran’s Freebies — fun printables I made when I was homeschooling — and let me return some of the fun to you…! I just added a Big and Little card set today, along with a packet of sizes worksheets with big, colorful graphics. I’ve got so much stuff, I’m adding new Freebies every week…!

    Thanks again for this fun site! :O>

  • Toni Callahan Posted January 3, 2013 4:19 pm

    I LOVE this! It is so simple and creative and inviting!!! Going to find some bottles right now!

  • B Buntz Posted May 2, 2013 7:13 pm

    Those are really cool! I know my kiddos would love this activity!
    One question: does the pine branch start to break down after awhile? I can’t imagine them lasting in water for too long.
    Thanks for the great idea!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted May 2, 2013 9:41 pm

      Hi Barbie,
      Our pine branches lasted forever – the water starts to get ucky looking though after several months.

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