Rubber loom bands in a discovery bottle

Last week I shared with you how we used rubber loom bands to make our own musical instruments. Well, I collected way more loom bands than I needed for that particular process so while home on spring break, my grandson and I came up with a way to use up some of those loom bands…

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This really couldn’t be more simple but my grandson enjoyed the process and loved making his own discovery bottle all by himself.  He started by putting a few loom bands in an empty water bottle…

Loom Band Discovery Bottles by Teach Preschool

Using his fingers to pick up the rubber bands and dropping them through the neck of the water bottle was great fine motor control and skill building material for my grandson…

Loom Band Discovery Bottles by Teach Preschool

Oh but after about two minutes of picking up rubber bands and poking them into the bottle just a few at a time, my grandson decided he had a better idea and grabbed a big bunch of rubber bands to put inside the bottle instead…

Loom Band Discovery Bottles by Teach Preschool

But he started to figure out that in order to fill up his bottle with these rubber bands, he was going to have to be more patient… eventually…

Loom Band Discovery Bottles by Teach Preschool

So he went back and forth between trying to fit big handfuls of rubber bands into the bottle and just a few at a time into the bottle until he was happy with the amount of rubber bands he had in his bottle…

Loom Band Discovery Bottles by Teach Preschool

And then he was off to fill his bottle with water (which was actually his favorite part of this process)…

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I made sure the lid was hot glued to the bottle nice and tight then my grandson was off to explore his very first, very own, made all by himself, discovery bottle…

Loom Band Discovery Bottles by Teach Preschool

My grandson ended up making two rubber loom band discovery bottles and I made one (so we had an extra for my younger grandson after naptime)…

Loom Band Discovery Bottles by Teach Preschool

The brightly colored rubber loom bands look great in the water and they do a terrific job of floating slowly around the water as you move it back and forth. I think a taller bottle would look awesome and it just so happens that I still have a few left over to make one more discovery bottle to keep in the classroom…

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By |2014-04-11T06:00:31+00:00April 11th, 2014|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. alena April 11, 2014 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Deborah, this is a wonderful idea! I was looking for more ideas to use these adorable bands and I am happy you shared this post. Here is how we used them at home, non-traditionally like you 🙂


  2. Jen April 15, 2014 at 9:35 am - Reply

    This is BRILLIANT! We are so making these today 🙂

  3. Tina April 2, 2018 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    You could also try adding them to mineral oil, or baby oil to see how they move in the different liquids

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